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.

#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

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

#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

Posted in Policy commentary | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Places and people, Policy commentary | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Places and people, Policy commentary | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Places and people | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Places and people | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Places and people | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Castle/home: Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn to George Herbert, the Princes of Powis

Powis castle sits proud on its hill, looking east to England, and in every other direction surveying Wales. Its red-brick, elegant fenestration and statued courtyards belie its early history as a defensive castle for the Welsh borders. The gatehouse is … Continue reading

Posted in Places and people | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Giants lived in Mwnt: how the coastal path was made

Giants lived in Mwnt. They were long-lived and clean limbed and very tall, though they built small with doors more fat and wide. It made them safe, they felt, from the sea-monsters and storms of the Irish Sea. There were … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Busking for death money: @MRBrown_author

My pal Melissa Brown is doing a great job fundraising for her first novel, Becoming Death. I’ve read the first chapter and I want to see it all please. She’s using Kickstarter and I offered to host a blog for … Continue reading

Posted in Publishing | Leave a comment