Sometimes I’m inspired to write rather longer pieces than my regular blog posts ...

It’s different than writing a blog - which is largely anecdotal - my stories best fit the description of ‘creative non-fiction’ - based on fact but with a hefty dose of imagination. Literary critic Barbara Lounsberry—in her book, ‘The Art of Fact’ describes it as: "Verifiable subject matter and exhaustive research guarantee the nonfiction side of literary nonfiction; the narrative form and structure disclose the writer's artistry; and finally, its polished language reveals that the goal all along has been literature."

Or as my Sister says - ‘It's telling the story in the writers voice of an actual event. The facts softened with memories and observations woven seamlessly throughout the narrative to make it an enjoyable read.’

My first two Short Stories are semi-historical and are set in South East Cornwall.

In the first I delve into history, myth and legend – in an attempt to answer the question ‘Why is Polperro Blue’. The second is a ghost story based around the Talland Frescoes - of which only one account of their very existence, was ever written.

Intrigued! Then please follow the links above ...


Artist Credit

The featured image is another of straw bales on a hillside from an original oil on canvas by Helen White. A classic sight towards the end of the summer – and a favourite subject of hers – light-filled  bales laid out in the fields against the backdrop of contrasting patchwork fields.

Here is a link to her Art Web Site. She paints stunning pictures so do take a look ...

Helen White

Helen is a professional artist mainly working in oils, more recently with digital media. Light is a particular theme. She has other blogs where she writes about health and healing and life experiences.


More stories, tales and yarns, to come ... so please do pop back - I’ll be glad to see you.

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Cynthia Reyes
March 14, 2022 2:21 am

Interesting definitions of creative non-fiction. I like to think they’re true of my memoirs as well. Now off I go to read one of your stories,