About

I always find descriptions of myself intimidating. For someone who wants to make a living out of manipulating words, shaping them to talk about myself always seems one of the hardest things in the world. With that in mind, I’ll keep it short. This blog is a space for me to hone what I do, to practise my craft until I feel comfortable enough with my words to shape them into something tangible.

I graduated in modern languages from Oxford last year, and am in the process of writing my first novel, which is a piece of historical fiction based around my studies. I do also write about some harder hitting journalistic stuff, which I used to post on here, but that has been migrated to another site (www.tremr.com/benedict-nicholson) to make room for my more creative endeavours. I hope you enjoy what you read here and thank you for taking the first steps of this journey with me.

42 thoughts on “About

  1. I enjoyed reading your latest post, the clarity of thought is delightful, and inspiring.
    Being stuck for words is one thing, but being just plain stuck in life is another.
    Have you considered writing on this thought : What holds us back from moving forward ?
    It may help alot of us, me included, as you seem to think deeply on the matters you write about.

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    1. Thanks Bianca! I’m not sure if I’m going to accept the award because I haven’t to others in the past because I didn’t really understand what was going on and I feel like it would be rude to suddenly start accepting now I am a bit more up to speed 😛 Means a lot though and thank you, I’m sure your blog inspires me a lot more than mine does yours! Stay awesome 🙂 Ben

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      1. That’s smart we wouldn’t want to offend anyone 🙂 You don’t give yourself enough credit (is that an English thing?) I have to say that your poetry is far better than mine! How you put words together is inspiring! Thanks! Bianca

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      2. Haha, yes, definitely an English thing, but also just a me thing in general, as you may be able to see from the poem 😛 I’m glad you liked the poem, and hopefully I’ll get some more up soon 🙂

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  2. Hi! Found your blog through community pool and thought I’d give it a visit.
    I read some of your work and your ideas, I should say are pretty limpid and sensible. There were tremendous key points where I found myself nodding my head in approval.

    Your space is informative and worth reading.
    Good job.
    Aakansha. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! As discussed above I don’t tend to participate in these awards simply because I haven’t in the past and I sou;don’t want to show inconsistency, but I do thank you for your kind words and hope you will continue to enjoy the blog 🙂

      Ben

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  3. Dear, this is just to tell you that I owe you personally responsible for my current lack of sleep, my high blood pressure and the fact that I can not go anywhere without carrying “Conversations in the Cathedral”. I have been feeling like the ball in the flipper for the last 2 weeks, but how could I complain? I finished the book this morning and I am still totally puzzled at the trip. WHat a story, what a way of writing. I finished the book but I can’t put it on a shelve yet, it is still here, almost at my finger tips. I feel that it will take a while before I forget about all the people I met there, they are stuck to me. The end was the ultimate kick in the stomach.
    Thanks so much, really.
    I also got the Goat Feast, but will wait to recover before opening it. I feel like a bookaholic, still hang over from this one.
    Merci encore!

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    1. I’m thrilled you like it, and sorry for the lost sleep 😛 I hope that demonstrated why Vargas Llosa will always be one of my favourite authors, even if he has gone off the boil a bit recently. Definitely wait for a while before reading ‘La Fiesta’, it’s certainly another heavy one! I’d be happy to recommend more authors as well if you are interested, Lord knows I have studied enough of them!
      Hope you had a lovely time in France, your pictures certainly made it seem that you did 🙂

      Ben

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      1. You definitely made your point 🙂 And I will for sure be back to you for more recommendations, the Aleph is the next on the list, once I recover from the KO from the “Conversations..”.
        Thanks again so much, it had been a very long time since I spent such a great time. Worth the price of the concealer!

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      1. When you say Spain do you mean Granada, Castille or Aragon as Spain didn’t exist as a single entity until the 15th century with the marriage of Isabella of Castille and Ferdinand of Aragon. The reconquista then brought Granada into the fold.

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      2. I know, it’s a very niche topic though so I don’t tend to just assume people know that! It’ll be set simultaneously in Northern Morocco and the Visigothic Kingdom within Spain whose capital was in Toledo.

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      3. Fascinating. My knowledge of Spanish history is rather limited, I’ve studied the Golden Age but I’m a little sketchy on the rest. Early modern and medieval England being my niche. I’ll have to keep an eye out for you book though once it’s finished. I always love a good historical fiction.

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    1. Thanks very much for the thought, but I’m afraid I shall have to politely decline. This is mainly because I have declined in the past from the days when I didn’t understand blogging properly and don’t want to upset anyone by suddenly starting now. Thanks very much for the though though 🙂

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