Charlie Bell at the Writing Hut

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  1. For God's sake don't put it on Facebook
    07 Aug, 2016
    For God's sake don't put it on Facebook
    Twitter ye not Take me out and have a good laugh, show me a really great time. Tell me you love me, give me a kiss but for God’s sake don’t put it on Facebook. Let’s have drink and a pleasant meal with your camera well out of the way. What meal we enjoy is between you and I so for God’s sake don’t put it on Facebook. Lets’ take in a gallery, see a good show be mindful of us and our doings; walk in the rain, laugh in the park but for God’s sake don’t put it on Facebook. Take me away to sunnier
  2. Finding the right mindset for writing
    01 Aug, 2016
    Finding the right mindset for writing
    Ten things to remember when writing There are many things that get in our way when we are writing. Here is some advice from someone who knows. 1. Dignify your work by diarising time for it just like any other task or appointment. Your writing is important to you so don’t let life push      it out of the way. 2. Write first and edit second. If you try to edit as you go along you will interrupt the flow. 3. Turn off your internal censor when writing. You do not need a voice telling you ‘you
  3. The transformative power of the Arts
    28 Jul, 2016
    The transformative power of the Arts
    Most of my students, and there have many over the years, have come because they want to experience the pleasure of self expression or to benefit from its therapeutic qualities. Getting published has not been at the top of their agenda. There have been examples of students going on to get published; Anne Jordan Hoad's two books of stories of the untold lives of Biblical women, and Graham Mummery's first collection of poems 'Meeting my Inners' to name but two.    Recently a long term student of
  4. Toad is highly commended
    18 Jul, 2016
    Toad is highly commended
    As part of the Rusthall Arts Festival 2016 local artist Tracey Eliot and poet Charlie Bell collaborated on a piece to commemorate Rusthall’s most famous inhabitant, Toad Rock. The first version, a collage of the words from the poem Toad of Toad Rock and Tracey’s picture elements went on show at The Toad Rock Retreat where it aroused much interest. After a lot of thought the poem was separated out and Tracey produced a separate artwork based closely on the poem. It should be stressed that the
  5. Hops over the Channel
    09 Jun, 2016
    Hops over the Channel
    Hops across the Channel With only two weeks to go to the referendum on the UK’s status in the EU, Archie Ologist  finally got round to thinking about how the migration issue might affect him and his life. He had been so preoccupied by the club’s new archaeological dig that he had entirely lost touch with day to day reality. There had been much in the media about migration, among other things, and Archie needed to give the matter some thought. In his studies of the issue so far the trend of
  6. Believe what you will
    12 May, 2016
    Believe what you will
    For the local archaeological society I wrote an article for April  1st about the treacle mines of  Frittenden. I like to think it caught the odd person out.  It set me thinking about some of the other archaeology-based trickery that has been perpetrated over the years. Recently the National Trust tried to persuade us that twice every year they move one of the stones at Avebury to allow for British Summer Time which, of course, the original builders of the monument did not know about. Effective
  7. First time for everything
    12 May, 2016
    First time for everything
    It took longer than I thought to set up this website because the way things are done have now changed. My first computer was BBC micro then an Amstrad 1512 and finally an Amstrad PC. You had to spend a lot of time learning how to use them and on the way certain patterns got ingrained. I used to teach computing and the only way I could do it was to break every task down and go through it until the processes stuck in the brain. It was also a time of thick manuals and even thicker instruction books