Latest General Interest Articles

Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
Posted 17 January 2019
There have been many arguments for the existence of God. In this cover story from Skeptic magazine 23.4 (2018), Michael Shermer delves into the question that underlies all the arguments: Why is there something rather than nothing?
Posted 05 April 2018
Snape Maltings is about to embark on the next phase of its development and expansion as an inspirational artistic hub, continuing to evolve organically out of the unique landscape of the Suffolk coast, harnessing its rich cultural heritage and strong sense of community. Our guest editor Roger Wright celebrates the power of ‘placemaking’ in providing the ideal conditions for creativity to thrive and transform lives for the better
New to Pocketmags: True Crime Library
Posted 20 February 2018
Pocketmags is eager to announce the adoption of a range of new and thrilling titles - ones that are sure to fascinate or spook you to your core - we introduce you to, True Crime Library.
Take your research to the next level
Posted 08 December 2017
Starting with this issue, and running all through 2018, the Academy learning experience will help you learn more about the records, resources and research skills you need to become the best genealogist you can be. We have case studies for you to pit your wits against, documents for you to decipher, old handwriting for you to tackle, and more…
Excavating an Iron Age Dun  in the Scottish Highlands
Posted 08 December 2017
Recently published research reveals the discovery of a dun and the complex history of an archetypal Iron Age settlement in Scotland
How I got  published
Posted 08 December 2017
The author’s debut was actually her sixth novel, she tells Dolores Gordon-Smith
Key Performance
Posted 13 November 2017
Both Catherine Cossey and Liz Giannopoulos saw business potential in piano tuition, as they told Glyn Môn Hughes ahead of the Music & Drama Education Expo in February
Glasgow Museums’ collection  of Anchor Line posters
Posted 02 October 2017
Emily Malcolm, Curator of Transport & Technology, explores a colourful collection of historic travel posters, which convey the excitement of world travel in years gone by
Lift your  chances
Posted 02 October 2017
Be ready for your sixty-second chance to shine with Adrian Magson’s pitch correction
Did your ancestor leave a will?
Posted 02 October 2017
For non-family historians, the appeal of a long-lost relative’s will is that they might find themselves a beneficiary. But for us, wills can provide an invaluable collection of names, relationships and clues to family members from times gone by. June Terrington examines this rich collection of records
Posted 25 May 2017
Berkshire’s three county youth choirs have had a crucial role in the next BBC Ten Pieces – and now they’re preparing to perform at the Proms. Rebecca Ranson finds out more
Ghost towns!
Posted 25 April 2017
Abandoned towns, empty cities, uninhabited villages… You can find ghost towns all over the world. Here are a few famous ones. [Please note, the complete article comes complete with a glossary box, an audio file, and exercises.]
All together now
Posted 08 March 2017
The newest national youth music organisation is an inclusive and creative place for the country’s top folk musicians. Claire Jackson reports
Changing the focus
Posted 08 March 2017
Our pick of the events celebrating the achievements of women on and around International Women’s Day
Musical merrymaking
Posted 07 December 2016
Stock up on mince pies and get into the seasonal spirit with these classical music festivals all taking place in the run-up to Christmas.
Posted 07 December 2016
From stocking fillers to longed-for first instruments, MT has some ideas that might make it under the tree.
Free websites to learn about Victorian lives
Posted 23 November 2016
Step into your Victorian ancestors' world digitally as Emma Jolly tours a host of wonderful free websites that will add colour and depth to your knowledge and understanding of their lives in the 19th century.
How to start tracing your Victorian ancestors
Posted 23 November 2016
Discover the key records to trace your Victorians in this, the golden era of family history, and see how these historic documents enlighten our view not just of individual ancestors, but of the world they lived in, created and transformed. It seems to Helen Tovey that our Victorian folk were anything but stuffy!
Within Reach
Posted 03 November 2016
Opera and ballet are not top of most teachers’ lists for school visits, but a new initiative at the Royal Opera House aims to change that, reports Femke Colborne
5 steps to rock-solid research
Posted 26 October 2016
Get to grips with the Genealogical Proof Standard with no further delay – Barbara J Starmans shows just how useful it is for sturdy research (like her, you’ll probably wish you’d learned it years ago)
How to research from your armchair
Posted 26 October 2016
Now that the nights are drawing in and it’s getting more chilly outside, make the most of these winter hours to explore your family history from the comfort of your own cosy chair. June Terrington has been conducting home-based genealogy research for many years now, and the results are as intriguing as they are inspiring. Read on, and find out how you too can trace the lives of your ancestors online and uncover your family’s story
The £1m self-publisher
Posted 06 October 2016
Teaching himself the process from scratch, Adam Croft has grown to be one of the UK’s most successful self-publishers. Tina Jackson finds out how he did it.
Feel the Fear
Posted 06 October 2016
Understand how fear works to keep your readers on the edge of their seats, says Alex Davis
DNA Tests: Why you need one
Posted 28 September 2016
DNA testing can help you with your brick walls and has the power to reunite long-lost family members. In Family Tree November Debbie Kennett explains why you should have your DNA tested to help with your family history research.
Your 4-week family history research plan
Posted 28 September 2016
Wondering how to tackle your family history? We can help. Genealogist Mary Evans has researched celebrities’ ancestors on well-known TV show Who Do You Think You Are? Follow her simple four-week plan and you too could have a dazzling family tree just one month from now...
5 Years on: Expo 2017
Posted 09 September 2016
Head of content Alex Stevens on plans for the Expo’s fifth anniversary
Family history on the go
Posted 07 September 2016
Take every opportunity to research your family history even when you’re out and about. Chris Paton describes how he uses his mobile phone and tablet for everyday genealogical pursuits
Learn to love your Latin
Posted 07 September 2016
Get ready for a genealogical challenge well worth mastering... Dr Bruce Durie helpfully explains the key Latin words and phrases you’ll need to trace your ancestors even further back in time. You can do it!
On the record
Posted 05 September 2016
Phillip Sommerich assesses some of the changes the record industry has seen since Classical Music first hit the shelves
Fairytale Beginnings
Posted 01 September 2016
Magic realism and the harsh reality of life in a land of extremes play equal parts in shaping journalist turned Pulitzer-nominated novelist Eoywn Ivey’s fiction, she tells Tina Jackson
Teenage Kicks
Posted 01 September 2016
Perhaps fittingly, young adult fiction is constantly changing and often misunderstood. Sophie Hickman, venue manager at the YA Shot festival, corrects the misconceptions and explains how to get started
Aliens or Egyptians Who Really Built the Pyramids?
Posted 20 July 2016
DIGGINGS editor Gary Webster takes a closer look at the claims of sensationalists.
20 easy ways to make an awesome family history
Posted 06 July 2016
Make your research better than ever and have lots of fun along the way – Helen Tovey’s ideas will help you grow a family tree to be proud of.
Why visit an archive?
Posted 06 July 2016
If you’ve explored all avenues of research on the commercial family history websites and reached a genealogical cul-de-sac, visiting a local or national archive should be your next port of call. Chris Paton tells you why and how.
Biggest research mistakes (not to make!)
Posted 05 July 2016
There are many potential pitfalls in family history research, but follow our 10 simple rules and we’ll help you avoid the most common tree-tracing errors. Genealogist Emma Jolly keeps us on track…
Getting to grips with birth certificates
Posted 04 July 2016
Genealogist David Annal examines the history and reasoning behind birth certificates in England and Wales; and explains how understanding these can give you greater clues to your family’s past.
Mapping your Welsh ancestors
Posted 03 July 2016
Simon Wills pores over an amazing tithe maps digitisation programme that is gathering pace in Wales, and discusses its exciting development with project manager Einion Gruffudd.
The top free websites for family history
Posted 02 July 2016
Chris Paton examines the key free genealogy workhorse sites available online. Get searching today and see your online genealogy research flourish without parting with a penny...
What's the story?
Posted 03 June 2016
Do you have a story or just a situation? What’s the difference and why should you care? Hollywood script doctor Jeff Lyons explains
Five mistakes beginner writers make
Posted 03 June 2016
Starting off in non-fiction writing? Get yourself on the right path by following advice from writing tutor and experienced feature writer Alex Gazzola
Drawing back the sheets
Posted 02 June 2016
Exploring the hidden lives of women underpins all historian and novelist Hallie Rubenhold’s work, she tells Tina Jackson
Beyond the Bard
Posted 02 June 2016
The world’s greatest writer shows us how to handle heroes, says Jan Moran Neil
Terrorists of the Ancient World
Posted 25 May 2016
The long history of the Mesopotamian region is replete with precedents for terror, cruelty and barbarism. Archaeological Diggings editor Gary Webster tells the story.
A Handbook for the Recently Deceased
Posted 16 May 2016
Dying in ancient Egypt was a complicated process. Suzette Hartwell gives a summary of the rules and regulations governing transfer to the afterlife.
Truth or dare
Posted 18 March 2016
Making things up is a novelist’s job, but writers of historical fiction need to make it credible for their readers, says Margaret James
Start as you mean to go on
Posted 18 March 2016
Make sure your book begins in such a way that readers – and editors – can’t put it down, says Amy Sparkes
Caught  in the  web
Posted 17 March 2016
Lure readers into your website, and keep them there, with advice for writing compelling online copy from Tina Jackson
Grow as a children’s writer
Posted 17 March 2016
Author Amy Sparkes suggests five creative ways to grow your children’s writing career
Writing techniques & tricks
Posted 08 December 2015
The former Children’s Laureate writes with humour and gritty realism about what life is like for modern children, says Tony Rossiter
Writing Magazine - Made for mobile
Posted 08 December 2015
NEW Made for Mobile edition now available - it's never been easier to read Writing Magazine on the go!
What’s  MY motivation?
Posted 04 December 2015
If you know what drives you to write, it will spur you on, says Adrian Magson
Matters of  the flesh
Posted 04 December 2015
How much sex and violence should feature in your crime novel? Author and tutor Claire McGowan tests the limits
Who Was  Pharaoh Shishak?
Posted 13 November 2015
The Bible talks about an Egyptian pharaoh, Shishak, who attacked the kingdoms of Israel and Judah shortly after King Solomon’s death. Titus Kennedy examines if he is the same Pharaoh Shoshenq I, who rose to power in that period.
Lesser-known Female Rulers of Egypt
Posted 10 September 2015
Much has been written about those better known female rulers of ancient Egypt—Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra. But less familiar female rulers also made a mark, as SUZETTE HARTWELL explains.
Storm of Gold
Posted 28 August 2015
Storms off the shores of Israel have exposed the largest hoard of gold coins found in Israel. DANNY HERMAN reports on the fine.
Ancient Health
Posted 24 August 2015
We sometimes think of sound medical knowledge as the provenance of modern times. But Gary Webster looks into some ancient sources—Egyptian papyri and the Hebrew Torah—the latter containing some amazingly modern science.
Was King Arthur actually Scottish?
Posted 24 August 2015
Controversial research by the author of 'Finding Arthur' suggests that the fabled king of English legend was actually a Scottish warlord.
Who’s reading the Watchman?
Posted 14 August 2015
We assess whether Go Set a Watchman, published more than 50 years after its famous predecessor, stands up against Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
Pen Pushers – Every picture tells a story
Posted 14 August 2015
Use images to inspire your writing with our exercises
Get in shape
Posted 05 August 2015
Structure your novel for maximum effect and engagement with tips from author and lecturer James McCreet
Rendlesham forest 33 years on-colonel Charles Halt USAF (ret) speaks out
Posted 13 May 2015
It's hard to believe it's been nearly 30 years since the UFO incident at RAF Bentwaters first hit the press.
The Technology that Changes Everything
Posted 12 May 2015
It’s not a question of ‘if’ nanotechnology will shake the world, but ‘by how much’.
Victorious Villanelles
Posted 12 May 2015
The Writing Magazine poets took adjudicator Alison Chisholm into some dark places as she selected the winning entries in our villanelle competition
Virtual Reality
Posted 30 April 2015
Virtual Reality technology has been around for quite a while, however not to the standard it has recently been developed.
The Roswellian Syndrome
Posted 26 April 2015
An analysis of four classic flying-saucer incidents reveals how debunking can send a mundane case underground, where it is transformed by mythologizing processes, then reemerges—like a virulent strain of a virus—as a vast conspiracy tale.
The Indelible Legacy of a Seafaring Heritage
Posted 25 April 2015
From Captain Cook to playboy Prince Bertie, Tessa Dunlop examines the appeal of the tattoo among high society.
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