Two Hertford Writers’ Circle members, Stuart Handysides and Nicky Phillips, have had their work published in national collections.
A poem by Nicky was accepted for publication in a new anthology ‘Heart Shoots’, launched in April in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Nicky’s work appears alongside poems by such names as Seamus Heaney, Sharon Olds and Penelope Shuttle.
(Chapter One is available to read in Hertford Writers’ Circle Anthology, ENCOUNTERS)
Chapter Two - Rennes le Chateau
Their next stop was the little hilltop village of Rennes le Chateau, some 40 km away over the mountain which separated Montsegur country from the Corbieres. “What have you brought me here for?” demanded Claudine as she slammed the door of her hired silver Peugeot and surveyed the valley below, where Visigoths had built their now vanished city of Razes.
I had never heard of the murdered man before and I couldn’t explain how one of my business cards had come to be in his jacket pocket.
The deceased had been found by the catering staff who came to open the café in the grounds of the local zoo that morning. He had been bludgeoned with a blunt instrument and the chimps had been let loose from their enclosure.
DI Boyle rolled his eyes skywards.
“Bad stuff just seems to happen to you, doesn’t it, Liz,”
Being English?…I'm not sure I can answer that, I wonder if anyone else can either. It seems to be something different for each and every person to whom you put the question. It is, I confess, something I have pondered for many, many years. The answers always differ according to the era to which it relates and the period in which the question is asked.