Author Archives: mwcraig11

Florian Poels the Printer

Meet Florian Poels, a printer from my book Beside The Annexe ‘I’m sorry Mr Poels but Mr Frank is not here and left no word about any order with you.’ Florian glared at Miep as she sat calmly behind her … Continue reading

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Borderw Witch Hunt

My talk at the National Library of Scotland about the 17th century witchcraft trials in the Scottish Borders.

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Leo Smit – Grocer, collaborator

One if the characters from my latest book ‘Beside the Annexe’ Leo took a final look round the shop. Everything was in order. He smoothed down his white apron and positioned himself behind the counter.             ‘Open the door, Dirk.’ … Continue reading

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The tale of the lonesome pine cone

I went for a walk this morning and found a pine cone. How exciting! How thrilling! What a way to start a story. But when I found the pine cone I was in the middle of one of two roads … Continue reading

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I love stories

I love stories. I have been entranced listening to a story teller who made me laugh and cry. I have curled up with a book on a wet Sunday afternoon and lost track of time. I have sat in the … Continue reading

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Mata Hari: the enduring fantasy

Mata Hari is a name that still resonates 100 years after her execution for espionage. But why do we find female spies in general and Mata Hari in particular so fascinating? Why should we remember a woman who betrayed her … Continue reading

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Books I have loved

I have loved books all my life. They have made me laugh and cry. They have had me screaming in anger and frustration and one – I may name it later- got chucked out the window. A friend recently challenged … Continue reading

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How Belgium ‘lost’ the Great War.

In August 1914 German troops crossed the Belgian border and the Great War started. In 1919 Peace Conference in Paris decided on the German reparations, the borders between Romania and Hungary. The worked on the issues of Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Austria, … Continue reading

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European women’s suffrage

Rumours abound in Britain that a general election is just round the corner. The reaction of many people is: ‘not another election!’ While our politicians may irritate and annoy we should remember just how recent the right to vote is, … Continue reading

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The Great Polar Explorers

Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen, the great Polar explorers, have left stories of adventure and heroism that have, arguably, never been surpassed. But what drove these three men and why did Amundsen succeed while Scott failed and why did Shackleton survive … Continue reading

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