I have been appalled and sickened by the plan of Leicester Cathedral to allow two performances of Shakespeare’s Richard III ‘mere feet from his tomb’.
Not only is this a work which depicts the King as an evil, hunchbacked tyrant who murdered his way to the throne (and is the very thing which has most influenced the bad, and inaccurate, reputation he has), but the idea of performing it right where he was supposedly laid to rest is distasteful, inappropriate and crass.
Leicester, amid protests that they would not be worthy custodians of the last English king to die in battle, defending his country, protested that they would treat his remains ‘with dignity and honour’. How is this upholding that sacred and honoured responsibility?
I am not saying the play is bad; it is, of course, brilliant, but not in the place of rest of the subject of it.
So I have started a petition to protest about it. Please click on the picture of Richard’s tomb and sign and share it for me, if you believe this is wrong!
There are two new Kindle countdown deals on:
Richard Liveth Yet – until 27th (US) / 28th (UK) April only 99c/99p to download
Dickon’s Diaries – until 30th April also only 99c (US)/99p (UK)!!
Rose experiments with Wicca, helped by her friend, Frances, who is a devotee. She finds she enjoys the relaxing meditation she experiences in a Wicca house in Canewdon, Essex, even though she knows Richard would not approve of ‘witchcraft’. That is why I chose the title ‘Witches’ Brew’ by Janie Jones (click link to see video) for this song. It is a sixties one hit wonder, which I loved when I was a child.
Witch on a broomstick
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Rose has a psychic reading from each of the other members of her friend, Lynne’s, circle. She can understand some of what is said, but not all of it. She leaves not much the wiser, but a conversation at the end gives her a new idea…
I chose the song ‘Too Bad’ by Nickelback (click the link to watch video) for this scene, because Richard would have considered this witchcraft and thence a sin, but also because it was too bad that Rose didn’t really get much out of the session.
Nickelback in concert
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Image credit: By Stuart Sevastos (Nickelback @ Perth Arena (17/11/2012)) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
When Susan Lamb and I wrote Dickon’s Diaries, we weren’t sure how it would be received. It is purposely written in mock mediaeval speech which we knew some might find difficult and we wondered whether everyone would ‘get’ our sense of humour. Well, so far we have had one 1-star review (which mentions the mediaeval speech) and twelve 5-star ones!
Here is the latest one:
Keeps you Laughing!
Desperate, Rose resorts to psychic mediumship to try to contact Richard – after all he would technically be dead by the twenty first century. She visits her friend’s psychic circle and has a message from a mysterious woman with hazel brown eyes.
Of course, this title had to be Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ – such a great song. Click to see the video.
You can download Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country here.
Image credit: By Warner Bros. Records (Billboard, page 1, 29 July 1972) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s a year since Richard informed Rose he wouldn’t be coming back to the Major Oak, where they have agreed to meet once a year. Despite this, Rose returns there, hoping against hope that he has changed his mind, but to no avail. Depressed, she is at a loss as to what to do, but Laura makes a suggestion which leads to Rose formulating a plan…
I have used ‘I’m Still Waiting‘ by Diana Ross to illustrate this scene. Click to see the video.
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Image credit:By Motown Records (eBay front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Laura tries to comfort Rose after Richard’s bombshell, but she cannot control her see-sawing emotions and she begins to question her own worth. Why do the men in her life leave her?
I thought the great song, ‘Stop Your Sobbing‘ by The Pretenders was just right to portray this scene. Click to see the video.
You can download ‘Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country’ here.
Image credit: By Calan (own picture) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Dickon’s Diaries is on offer on Kindle UK for only 99p from 21st Feb – 28th Feb and
on Kindle US for just 99c from 22nd Feb – 28th Feb!
In celebration of St Valentine’s, I am spreading the love and therefore announce TWO Goodreads Giveaways running for a week.
Dickon’s Diaries – one print copy available, just click on the picture below and enter for FREE! Ends February 20th
Richard Liveth Yet (Book III): Hearts Never Change – one print copy available, just click on the picture below to enter for FREE! Ends February 21st