Alexander McCall Smith and Helena Bonham Carter turn to poetry to light up the lockdown

Alexander McCall Smith and the actress Helena Bonham Carter
Alexander McCall Smith and the actress Helena Bonham Carter

The novelist Alexander McCall Smith and the actress Helena Bonham Carter have both offered to cheer up lockdown-stricken readers of The Sunday Times.

McCall Smith has written a poem, below, in honour of health workers who are risking their lives to help the sick.

The Scottish author has two daughters who are doctors working on the coronavirus front line. “Now we have come to realise that all about us there are heroes,” he said.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND HEAR HIS POEM


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I remember reading his book when I was young and have never forgotten the ending… so tragic and so full of the Africa I knew. If you haven’t read it – I recommend you do.

Obituary: John Gordon Davis: Rhodesian-born author of ‘Hold My Hand I’m Dying’

09 November 2014 – 02:04BY CHRIS BARRON
LIFE OF ADVENTURE: John Gordon Davis

LIFE OF ADVENTURE: John Gordon Davis


John Gordon Davis, who has died in Spain at the age of 78, wrote one of the most famous novels to come out of Rhodesia, Hold My Hand I’m Dying.

Published in 1967, it sold millions of copies around the world and was made into a not very good film in 1989 with Christopher Cazenove and Oliver Reed.

Having had his first novel rejected, Davis was made rich and famous by Hold My Hand I’m Dying,his second.  READ FULL OBITUARY



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Perth Words... exploring possibilities.

Had forgotten this one too…

200305TwoBirdsPaintingWS Sketch by Frances Macaulay Forde © 2020

Freo Doctor


birds paused

full-fronting the sea breeze.

Two wanderers grip fine wire,

then gone.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2014

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