Nicky Moxey

About me

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool amateur historian/archaeologist, liable to be found any dry day field-walking or metal detecting, and on wet days, in an archive.
Reading a field like a book, line by line, century by century, gives me a deep feeling for the settings for my stories and novels. Taking a dry, partial framework for someone’s life from the archive and trying to animate it with context, meaning, and purpose fills me with pleasure.

From my website

Mediocre Failures

moxeyns:This is a superb response to the “Pass SATS or you’re a failure” Conservative policy announced today. Every child Matters, right? This paragraph sums it up for me: “Perhaps most importantly, we could offer kids like mine what their primary school has offered them already : care, compassion; an opportunity…

Oliver Rackham

“It was hard to penetrate any room in his house because of the piles of books and specimens.” That’s the kind of obituary I’d like – Oliver Rackham was a true scholar; ecologist, biologist, archaeologist – and with the authorial skill to put across the wonderful synthesis of ideas he…

I wanted to be a writer when I grew up…

A guest article I wrote on the subject: http://www.withoutbooks.com/when-asked-im-proud-to-say-im-a-writer/ My friend Amy Burns Heffernan has a fascinating and growing blog on all things writerly, with a good sprinkling of guest posts, at her blog “Without books… life would be dull!” – I love her concept, and am proud to be…

 
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