What a writer does and doesn’t do all day

Ruth HartleyArt Process, Books, Imagination, Learning, Music, Promotion, Publication, Reading, Writing, Writing Process1 Comment

All beginnings are hard – just look at the time already! It’s a good morning’s work when I sit down at my laptop in my pyjamas, before breakfast, ignore my husband, begin at once to write, and then carry on for hours. There were many a good night’s work done when, as a single woman, I wrote after supper, then […]

Spain, Flamenco, Ladino and Duende

Ruth HartleyArt, Art Process, Music, Songs2 Comments

A few days in Seville               I have an odd relationship with Spain. I knew very little about Spain and yet, curiously, it is an intimate part of my family, and therefore, of me. This is how it began for me. My grandfather was a wool-broker from Manchester who traded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, […]

Dancing and carolling through the dark days of the winter solstice

Ruth HartleyMusic, Seasons, Songs5 Comments

Season’s Greetings Best wishes and greetings to all who read my posts – have a happy, green and gorgeous winter. Here are are some wonderful songs to listen to over the solstice It will soon be the night of the Winter Solstice Keep your fires burning and your candles lit throughout the longest night Bring in enough firewood to keep […]