Wainwright Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Wainwright Prize has been announced – will Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk swoop to conquer once again?

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Grand Canal


It was slightly crazy to drive across the north of Italy from our Tuscan beach in the west to a wedding party in Trieste in the east on the Saturday of Ferragosto. This day, on the closest Saturday to the 15th of August, all of Italy seems to be on the move. There are festivities everywhere and anyone who has not yet gone on holiday goes. Everyone takes a trip. The fact that lorries are banned from the roads on this day should have provided a clue for us. But however much we wanted to get to the wedding we also wanted to stay on our beach for as long as possible. Continue reading

A sign with a lot to live up to...

Rievaulx Abbey

After leaving Kingston upon Hull we realised it was still too early to head straight back to London. A quick scan of the map revealed that we were only about 55 miles from the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey in North York Moors National Park so we decided to head there. Continue reading