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Helen is a writer and broadcaster who is drawn to the life aquatic. She loves sewing dresses, growing veg, and those surprising things you only find by looking carefully. She delights in scene-setting and storytelling.

I love Lisa Hannigan’s music. I’ve been to a couple of her concerts, first time was at the Royal Festival Hall in London. As she filled the enormous room with the power of her voice I realised that no matter how much I like her albums, hearing her live was something else entirely. She played […]

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It’s been a while since I’ve etched. After spending years making chunky, splodgy lino cuts at home – Christmas cards, birthday cards – it was the intricacy and delicacy of etched lines that lured me to the printmaking studio. A weekend course back in 2008 got me utterly hooked on the process of metal etching. […]

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It’s blue. It makes a wonderful noise. It’s my Olivetti Lettera 32. Here’s how these beautiful things were advertised back in the 60s: It’s the typewriter Cormac McCarthy writes on. He bought his first in 1963 from a pawnshop in Knoxsville for $50 and wrote best-sellers, screenplays, and letters on it.  In 2009 he auctioned […]

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