Author Archives: Sarah Tanburn

About Sarah Tanburn

I'm a writer, a sailor and a strategic adviser to public organisations. Visit my websites to find out more.

Flight between capitals

The curving, erratic boundaries of English fields were laid down by centuries of strip-farming, irrigation or plague, Enclosure and the machine-demands of agri-business. Continue reading

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Stand your ground: on having opinions

We do what we can, those things to which are best shaped, where our dreams and lives take us. We pick those battles where we uniquely may make a difference. Sometimes it is ok not to have a view, but some of the time, on something we must stand our ground. Continue reading

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Stepping up, not moving on: #artistsforeurope

Let us make #artistsforeurope, a movement to weave us into patterns that sustain us, to draw us together and consciously create the future. That is, after all, what we do. Continue reading

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#sailingtoantarctica in 2016

It’s been a while but for a good reason. On 1 March I am off to the other side of the world. I will be joining the three-masted tall ship Europa and sailing to Antarctica and then Cape Town. For … Continue reading

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#yesuntiltheend @dignityindying

Dear Mr Doughty, I am writing to ask you to support the Assisted Dying Bill when it is published next week and comes before Parliament.  I understand from your reply to a friend that you will not be considering this … Continue reading

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The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper

Machynlleth is home to the rather wonderful Museum of Modern Art (more a gallery really as you can buy the work) and their annual show took this quotation (from Eden Philpott) as its starting point. This very beautiful piece by … Continue reading

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Calanques, copper and stonechats

Amlwch on the north coast of Anglesey is now a small, depressed town with an obviously struggling economy. I talked to a young woman of 16 and her 12 year old brother, who were both itching to leave rather than … Continue reading

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An up-to-the-minute castle

When Edward I built Conwy he was into shock and awe. It was the mid 1280’s, he’d just won great battles and he was, by all he held dear, going to hold North Wales. In four years – four years! … Continue reading

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Sunshine, towers and Tudors in Plas Mawr

I was not suddenly transplanted to Cadiz, taking pictures of one of their torres, where they watched out for returning ships. This lookalike was built by Robert Wynne, who had travelled widely in the train of one of Henry VIII’s … Continue reading

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The Translators’ Cathedral

The little town of St Asaph, Llanelwy in Welsh, sits on the pilgrim trail from Holywell on the north east coast to Holyhead on Anglesey, the leaving point for the holy island of Bardsey. It was an useful stopping place … Continue reading

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