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Christmas at Sea by Julian Stockwin

Posted on: 23/12/2013 with tags: caribbee, christmas, Julian Stockwin, maritime, Robert Louis Stevenson

Christmas ashore is a jolly time of fun and festivities where families and friends get together to eat and drink and exchange gifts. But having a number of salty Yuletides under my belt I know it can be a poignant time for seafarers and their loved ones.  Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem ‘Christmas at Sea’, although perhaps a little OTT in terms of Victorian sentimentality, brings home the sadness of separation at this time. Christmas at Sea The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand;…

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HAPPY UN-BIRTHDAY, ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON – by Nancy Horan

Posted on: 12/11/2013 with tags: author blog, birthday, historical fiction, history, Nancy Horan, Robert Louis Stevenson, Scotland, Treasure Island

Today is Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday. How I wish that I could sit down and celebrate it with him. Since embarking on a novel about him five years ago, I have come to think of him as the one man in history with whom I’d most enjoy spending a day. He was admired in his own time as a brilliant, hilarious, and provocative conversationalist. Could we manage to communicate across the 120-year gap since his death in 1894? What would he think of our world? I suspect he’d have strong opinions about…

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