Posts Tagged ‘International Brigades’

  1. New blood for the Republic: the Spanish Civil War, eighty years on

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    July 18, 2016 by Lydia Syson

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    To mark the Spanish Civil War, initiated by a right-wing military coup in July 1936, and followed by Franco’s long dictatorship, 80th anniversary commemorations and conferences have been taking place up and down this country as well as Spain – a measure of just how involved Britain was in the conflict which many see as a rehearsal for World War Two.  Giving a paper myself last week about the evolution of my YA novel A World Between Us at the fascinating ‘Spanish Civil War in World Literature’ conference at London’s School of Advanced Studies, I mentioned the iBook edition which was put together in 2012 with the generous help of vast numbers of archives and libraries in the UK and US (thanks here). The keep reading


  2. Unbelievable?

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    June 6, 2013 by Lydia Syson

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    ‘Isn’t that rather implausible?’

    I’ll take a bet that if you write vampire novels or fantasy or dystopia for young people, that’s not a question you get asked very often.  But credibility is important for all kinds of writing.  When it comes to historical fiction, it’s a must.   keep reading


  3. Lou Kenton, 1908-2012

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    September 18, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    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


  4. Len Crome – Autobiographical Notes

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    August 2, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    Len Crome (1909-2001) was chief of the medical service of the 15th Army Corps of the Republican army during the Spanish Civil War; and a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Army Military Corps during the Second World War, when he was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding bravery. This brief autobiography is published with kind permission of his son, Peter Crome, and offers a fascinating insight into Crome’s life before and after the Spanish Civil War. keep reading


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