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Journalism

‘Herr Müller wants to talk to you’

Read my blog post in the London Review of Books.  

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Journalism

Typing for Goebbels

Read my article in the London Review of Books.  

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Public Realm

Chiswick Piazza and W4 Plinth

In 2019 Karen project-managed the refurbishment of a new public space in Chiswick, the piazza on Turnham Green Terrace with the launch of a new changing art project spearheaded by Sir Peter Blake, the W4th Plinth.

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Green Stuff

Chiswick House Kitchen Garden

The seventeenth century walled garden at Chiswick House was under threat from around 2007. A lovely 2-acre brick-walled enclosure, originally built by Samuel Fox in the 1680s, was to be turned into a car park and retail outlet. After some colossal battles between the local residents, led by Karen, on one hand and Hounslow council […]

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Public Realm

The Chiswick Timeline

In 2018 Karen project-managed a huge permanent public art project, the Chiswick Timeline: A History in Art and Maps.  She also wrote the accompanying book, visit here for more information  

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Journalism

The ‘Nazi Marilyn Monroe’: Goebbels had very nice eyes – but he was a devil!

Interview in the Guardian with the Nazis’ pin-up, the Aryan sex symbol whose films fired up the SS.    

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Projects

Goebbels’ secretary Brunhilde Pomsel dies

Here’s my article in this week’s London Review of Books. And here it is again, with added photos. Or you could order the new book, The Black Page, Interviews with Nazi film-makers, with lots more interesting info, only £6.99. For more information and where to purchase go here A last chance to hear from key […]

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Projects

Fallen Order

Newly re-published as an e-book: Fallen Order: Intrigue, Heresy and Scandal in the Rome of Galileo and Caravaggio. “As racy and full of machinations as The Name of the Rose… meticulously researched and beautifully written”, Guardian Buy it here In 1643, after a failure by the Church hierarchy to deal with child abuse scandals (paedophile priests) […]

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Green Stuff
Projects

Dealing with fruit gluts

Every year for the last decade Karen has helped people deal with fruit gluts through her charitable organisation Abundance London. We’ve picked over a tonne of apples that would have gone to waste – and taught a load of kids about fruit and fun. The BBC came to film us – watch it here.   

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Green Stuff

Salopian Garden and the work of Cultivate London

In 2016 Karen led the design and creation of a new community garden for Cultivate London in Isleworth at The Salopian Garden held on a 25-year lease by the National Trust. The garden had become completely overgrown, with a few polytunnels struggling amongst the nettles and brambles. Karen led a team of volunteers and helpers […]

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Other

Deb’s Diaries: Dresden in the 1930s

She flirted with Nazi officers but fell in love with the wrong man. A story of passion and difficult choices. New blog launched here.

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Sweet pea and lavender
Green Stuff

Edible High Road & Herbal High Road for the Chelsea Fringe

In 2012 and 2013 Edible High Roads sprang up around London for the Chelsea Fringe, following Chiswick’s example. In Chiswick the Edible High Road featured some 50 fruit trees which later went on to be planted around the area in school playgrounds and community gardens. The following year the Herbal High Road featured 75 little […]

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Cover for German edition of Family Kitchen Garden
Projects

German bestseller: Mein Selbstversorger-Garten

The German edition of The Family Kitchen Garden – Mein Selbstversorger-Garten Monat für Monat – is a bestseller. Currently at number one in the gardening charts, and at number 312 in the overall book charts, it’s become the must-have for self-sufficiency nuts. Gratifying, and astonishing, since I find the cover somewhat odd. How cool would it […]

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Projects

BBC Radio 4 afternoon play

The Letter in the Bottle is dramatised as The Bottle on the Shore on BBC Radio 4’s afternoon play. John Taylor from Fiction Factory has produced a moving, funny play based on the book. Click here for reviews of the original book and interviews with the author. Or take a look at the original letter and bottle. […]

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