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John Fowles with James Crowden

The novelist who came for tea

I was in a bookshop in Ilminster, Paragon Books, the one that was owned by Chris Chapman, who also owned the bookshop in Lyme Regis, Serendip. Sadly Chris is no longer with us, but both bookshops are still flourishing. He passionately believed in local authors and local books. I got on well with Chris and so I waved a manuscript under his nose, something I had written about poetry and farm labouring: sheep shearing, night lambing, forestry and cider making. This was back in the summer of 1991. A lot of cider and sheep have gone under the bridge since then.

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Carla Steenkamp Sheills is pictured at the back, in green. Photo by Annie Dent

The uplifting world of adult ballet

It’s a quiet, graceful experience, this ballet dancing class with Carla Steenkamp Sheills.

And it’s a new one for me, because, unlike many of the other women in the class, I’ve never done it before.

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