With the Foxwood saga on the back burner, I’m spending some time on my other type of writing- study guides and resources to help those hapless students trying to pass Eng. Lit.exams. I’ve been doing this since 1997, publishing mostly through Coleridge Press , but also Zig Zag publications. As the focus of the exams and their requirements have changed, I’ve tweaked and re -written.
Now I’m back in the bloody. violent and often perverse world of John Webster who I’ve always liked( what does that say about me?). the Tarantino of the Jacobean theatre . I’ve just finished A Study Guide to The White Devii which will be out soon in paperback and I’m now revamping The Duchess of Malfi which was a triumph apparently last year when it was played in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at The Globe with Gemma Arterton in the title role. So, blood, madness, incest, torture…. A bit of a change from breadmaking, gardening and the CommunityChoir!
“Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.” ( Francis Bacon- though it could have been almost anyone- Jeremy Clarkson, Zayn Malik et al)