September 30, 2012 by Lydia Syson
Like most writers, I find pictures often help the words along. Some images get under your skin more than others. I can’t pretend that A World Between Us started with this beautiful print. But its appearance in my life felt serendipitous, and I’ve loved living with it for the last few years.
Category Blog | Tags: blood, Bogdan Gisevius, Bossaerts, Dr K. Smalian, family history, medical poster, Republican, research, transfusion, W. Gummerl
September 27, 2012 by Lydia Syson
You can hear different versions of nearly all the songs in A World Between Us on YouTube. Many of these videos include evocative archive images of the Spanish Civil War. Print out song sheets for The Internationale and The Peat Bog Soldiers from the Hot Key Books website.
Category Reviews & more | Tags: International, music, protest songs, singing, Spanish Civil War
September 25, 2012 by Lydia Syson
The seat at the kitchen table by the relief map was the prized place at meal times, if I remember rightly. Did we take it in turns, or was there a pecking order to where we sat? There was always something irresistible about stretching up and running your hands keep reading
Category Blog | Tags: Braer storm, islands, Lundy, Lydia Syson, Maps, place names, shipping forecast
September 18, 2012 by Lydia Syson
The oldest surviving British volunteer for the International Brigades has died aged 104. Both ordinary and extraordinary, Lou Kenton was one of many individuals whose matter-of-fact and everyday heroism worked their way into A World Between Us. In fact, when I began keep reading
Category Blog | Tags: ambulance driver, Cable Street, International Brigades, Lou Kenton, Spain
September 15, 2012 by Lydia Syson
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September 15, 2012 by Lydia Syson
Paul Preston must know more about the history of twentieth-century Spain than anyone else alive. A captivating speaker, who charms with his truculence, he’s a hero to thousands, including me.
The first time I heard him in public I squeezed into the last seat of a dark and crowded basement at the Instituto Cervantes just as he began to introduce his fellow speaker, Julián Casanova. The event was called ‘Remembering the Spanish Civil War’. I gulped, keep reading
Category Blog | Tags: Blenheim Palace, Churchill, events, fiction, Franco, Memory, Paul Preston, Richard Baxell
September 14, 2012 by Lydia Syson
PLEASE EMAIL ME TO DISCUSS AN EVENT OR MAKE A BOOKING: firstname.lastname@example.org
I love talking to audiences of all ages and sizes, and take a very flexible approach to school visits and other events for children, teenagers and adults. You can hear and watch me talking about my books here and on Youtube.
My illustrated, interactive talks are ideal for supporting literacy across the curriculum and all versions can be be booked with a creative writing workshop that makes use of primary sources. Events can be delivered with a focus on English, History, Spanish or French. As well as inspiring students to write historical fiction themselves, and encouraging them to see the history all around them, That Burning Summer events offer excellent support for KS3 work on the WW2 Home Front and GCSE History courses covering Britain at War (1939-45) Talks can also be adapted to integrate history and literacy in Year 6 work on the WW2 Home Front. A World Between Us supports Spanish Civil War units in Highers and AS level history, but also gives invaluable background to the build up to WW2. Liberty’s Fire works particularly well for Year 12 historians who have studied the French Revolution, providing an overview of upheavals in France in the 19th Century, culminating in the Franco-Prussian War, Siege of Paris, and Paris Commune. All my areas of expertise are great topics for sixth-form enrichment, extra-curricular talks and EPQs. I use vivid primary sources of all kinds, always include readings from the novels and plenty of discussion, and my books are an excellent demonstration of how the resources lurking in archives, libraries and museums can be brought to life. I also offer creative writing workshops for young people and adults.
Download and print full event details here: Lydia Syson School Visit Information
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September 12, 2012 by Lydia Syson
So a royal funeral could soon be on the cards. I imagine the protocol might get a little tricky, what with it being the second time for this corpse. And there’s nobody left alive who knew him.
Category Blog | Tags: Bosworth, Engaging children in history, history, revisiting history, Richard III
September 7, 2012 by Lydia Syson
I spent yesterday filming for the iBook edition of A World Between Us. So I’m spending today with all the things I should have said yesterday swirling round my head. Too late. Did I really fail to mention the time my great-aunt Lulu was arrested after throwing a keep reading
Category Blog | Tags: AWBU, event, fiction, filming, iBook, Lydia Syson
September 5, 2012 by Lydia Syson
…in other words, the independent booksellers I’m lucky enough to have near me. We may not have the tube in South East London, but you’re never far from a brilliant bookshop. keep reading
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