Useful websites related to the work I do
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
hosts a remarkably easy to use website which has the casualty database for all the
servicemen and women who died in the two world wars and who are commemorated
in the CWGC cemeteries and on their memorials.
The Imperial War Museum
holds wonderful collections of all kinds and I am a regular visitor to the Department of Documents.
The IWM also has the most outstanding collection of British 20th Century painting and is well worth a
visit for that alone.
Imperial War Museum North
in Manchester is housed in the imposing building on Trafford Wharf by the American architect Daniel Liebeskind.
It hosts temporary exhibitions as well as its permanent display and has a great schools’ outreach programme.
The Mountain Heritage Trust
is the only mountaineering organisation I have been directly involved with. It exists as part of the British Mountaineering Council to promote the understanding of our British climbing and mountain heritage.
Since I wrote The Colonel of Tamarkan I have worked with this small group of researchers who
seek to bring to the fore the stories of the prisoners of the Japanese in the Second World War.
The mountain film festivals
are a fabulous opportunity for climbers,
mountaineers, hikers and those simply interested in the stories to
meet up and share films, talks and ‘fishermen’s tales’.
I have been involved in the Kendal Mountain Film festival
as a judge, lecturer, presenter and chair for nearly a decade
and it is always a great event.
The Society of Authors
is the non-profit
making professional body that protects the rights and
furthers the interest of authors. We really need them.
Writers in Oxford
is a small group set up in Oxford as an offshoot of the Society of Authors.
Janie Hampton is a fellow author in Oxford who has the same
scratch and sniff approach to research as I do.
Theresa Breslin writes children’s fiction but her research methods
are meticulous and I admire her work a great deal.
Stephanie Hess is an amateur historian who has taken responsibility for her grandfather’s
papers and wartime memoir very seriously and I think her website
is a testimony to loyalty and determination.
Sarah Reed's 'Chatterbox' card games help older people share their stories and happy memories with younger people.