Author Archives: Thea Abbott

About Thea Abbott

A graduate of the Life Writing programme at the University of East Anglia, Thea Abbott lives and writes in Norwich, where she lives with her partner the luthier David Van Edwards.

The life and times of Robert Spencer

At last, after the disappointment and failure of my work with the classical guitarist and lutenist, Julian Bream, I have decided on a new project.  Robert Spencer (1932 – 1977) was a singer, lutenist, musicologist, researcher and collector of musical manuscripts … Continue reading

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Hundertwasser in Vienna in February

Perhaps not the most suitable time for the city, but we had ideas of goulash, hot chocolate and gluwein – and we had never been there before. It was snowy and cold, but no worse than we might have expected, … Continue reading

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Tuesday 3rd February – NEELESHWAR HERMITAGE

To Neeleshwar. It was an horribly early start from the hotel to the airport for a 5.35 flight to Mangalore, needing to be fully packed and ready for the car at 3.15! Thank goodness for a car and a driver! … Continue reading

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MONDAY 1st FEBRUARY – to MAHABALIPURAM

    To Mahabalipuram, which I had been so much looking forward to. David A had been ill in the night and it was nearly decided that we should skip the trip, thankfully we went ahead even though he was tired … Continue reading

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Southern India February 2015 – Part 1

As you will see I am posting these notes from my diary ‘out of time’, it’s taken a fortnight to get my thoughts in order and to assess what I really saw and felt.  I intend to post regularly as … Continue reading

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The problems of book cover design

We live in a digital age and have become used to finding high quality images available – even if at a price.  So it came as a surprise to find that though Norwich Castle Museum had an image of the … Continue reading

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Another title from Smokehouse Press

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Patrick Noble is available direct from Smokehouse Press, price £12.50 plus postage. I’m very happy to say that Smokehouse has published it’s fourth book!  This time it’s, as they say, it’s something completely different!  Patrick … Continue reading

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Shortlisted in the East Anglian Book Awards 2014

Diana Poulton, the lady with the lute has been shortlisted in the biography section of this year’s East Anglian Book Awards!  I couldn’t be more delighted.  The judge for this section, Diana Souhami said such flattering things about the book, … Continue reading

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Wonderful Canada

We came to Canada to visit old friends who live just about 80 kilometres outside Toronto in the university city of Kitchener, Ontario.  Our first experience of realism was a visit to the Niagara Falls on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  … Continue reading

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New title from Smokehouse Press

Publication date – 2nd November – printer permitting! Noted writer on all things socio-historical-ecological, and a well known and committed organic farmer, Patrick Noble’s latest book A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be available from early November. Noble’s account of the … Continue reading

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