A chance finding of a watercolour painting in a charity shop in Bexhill On Sea began a journey of discovery for former Head Teach Pat Strickson, leading to the remarkable and heroic acts by the artist AFJ Hannaford and his colleagues.
This book chronicles the experiences of my mother’s brother, Captain Benjamin Chipchase Clayton MC, in the Great War. Ben Clayton was an art teacher from County Durham. He left 40 “Sketches from the Front”, drawn and dated during his 18 months in the Line. The Colonel of his battalion kept a diary, edited and published in 1964 as “General Jack’s Diary”.
The book is about the 236 convicts who were transported aboard the 6th voyage of the convict transport ship ‘Mangles’ to New South Wales in December 1832, none of whom knew what fate had in store for them. It is about who they were, what they did to be transported and what happened to them.
“There is something in the world that doesn’t want us to live”
These poems have at their heart the use of the tranquilliser Serenid D, but this deadening benzodiazepine is also an image of cultural negativity: something in family, society or state that wants to suppress, control and nullify.