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Dr Val Williamson

Dr Val Williamson

My articles, short stories, and children’s stories are published in books, magazines, anthologies, newspapers, and broadcast on radio. I publish news, historical and cultural articles on websites including Digital Journal and Decoded Science.

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Dr Val Williamson

Dr Val Williamson

Welcome to the window of the Armchair Muse. It's an eclectic mix. Enjoy!
Dr Val Williamson Dr Val Williamson
Articles : 25
Since : 17/05/2011
Category : Lifestyle

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Bryan Talbot's Graphic Novel: The Tale of One Bad Rat

Bryan Talbot's Graphic Novel: The Tale of One Bad Rat

This review first appeared at Suit101.com in October2009. The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot This graphic novel for young adults is used for therapy in child abuse centres across the world but its visual artistry makes it a storytelling classic. Picture Credit: Recent Dark Horse edition © Bryan Talbot/Dark Horse Comics In a four-page self-jus
Edinburgh City of Printing and Publishing

Edinburgh City of Printing and Publishing

Five hundred years of printing history in Scotland is encapsulated in Edinburgh's survival of the trials, successes and pitfalls of producing bestsellers. Only fifty years after Gutenberg printed his bible using moveable type, King James IV of Scotland granted permission for Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar (Chapman and Miller) to set up a printing
An Audience with Charles Dickens

An Audience with Charles Dickens

Are you a fan of Charles Dickens? I never used to be. I own (and have read) the complete set of his work, was forced to read Hard Times and Bleak House for school exams, and as a PhD student encountered his female unfriendly views on whether women could be professional writers (not if, like Elizabeth Gaskell, they had a husband, apparently). Howeve
Emphyrio by Jack Vance

Emphyrio by Jack Vance

Jack Vance, one of the great science fiction writers, imbues his novel Emphyrio with incident, marvel, mystery, and complex narrative structure to make a satisfying read. I have to say, though, that this book is a challenging read, and lends itself to different interpretations. Ghyl is apprenticed to his father, a craftsman wood carver in a country
Christmas in Sydney, Australia

Christmas in Sydney, Australia

At this time of year, the northern hemisphere is plunging into cold and darkness, and many people there are planning their holiday at the opposite end of the earth, where the weather is hotting up and heading for a Christmas midsummer. Sydney is the destination for thousands of visitors, many arriving on cruise ships either docking at Central Quay,
The Olympic Torch Cometh

The Olympic Torch Cometh

To my amazement today, I found myself actually wanting to get up an hour early and work out a strategy to get into the town centre to film the Olympic Torch passing through. Large crowds were expected, I knew, including a reported 7,000 school children, so I avoided the nearest point to my house, which is King George V 6th Form College, where the c
What is a synopsis? Notes by Val Williamson

What is a synopsis? Notes by Val Williamson

It is not an outline, a blow by blow, chapter by chapter account, a summary of the plot; it sells the idea of a book. It can give an indication that you are not just about fine writing in your first three chapters, but that you understand how to structure a plot. Often it is read after the sample chapters have got the publisher on your side and wan
Issue based fiction as therapy

Issue based fiction as therapy

Do we sufficiently recognise the power of teenage fiction and can - or should - academics, educators, writers and publishers become more conscious of their responsibilities in using the power of books and stories for the good of individuals and society? The central focus of my academic research for over seventeen years has been popular narrative. I
Meet Animator and Author Curtis Jobling

Meet Animator and Author Curtis Jobling

Curtis Jobling demonstrates how to draw characters from a circle and an oval. Screengrab from Bob the Builder video. Animation students leaving college often struggle with how to integrate their need for personal expression with the necessity of earning a living. Many will be content to find employment and employer direction but many would prefer t
Decoding Science from Ancient Jewellery to Neanderthals

Decoding Science from Ancient Jewellery to Neanderthals

I started writing for the Decoded Science website in the last week of May 2012. This is not a general interest website like the others I write for, so I have to think things through quite carefully before I hit the 'publish' button! My role is as Anthropology writer. This makes sense on several levels: firstly, my PhD is in Cultural Studies, with E