Scribbler. Lincolnshire

“I wonder that so many people have written, who might have let it alone” (Dr. Johnson)

This is where the kind (or masochistically inclined) can find a few of my articles, plus details of various books. I have written on subjects ranging from arts to topography, for journals including the Times, Sunday Telegraph, EconomistDaily Mail, SpectatorLiterary Review, Irish TimesCountry Life, New Welsh Review, Unherd, Chronicles, American Conservative, Modern AgeUniversity Bookman, Bournbrook, The Agonist, The LadySpectator Australia, Quadrant, and Spiked. I accept blame for several novels – A Modern JourneyDisplacementSea Changes, with more aborning. My first non-fiction book, Edge of England: Landfall in Lincolnshire, has just been published. My main areas of interest are English literature, British topography, European culture and history, ecology, folklore, and politics.

I also edit The Brazen Head – www.brazen-head.org – an online quarterly of culture and current affairs.

I lurk in one of the obscurest of the old Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, but can quite often be found at editor[a]brazen-head.org

I’m on Twitter too – @DerekTurner1964

My Amazon author page

22 Comments Who

  1. allan pond

    good to see this Derek, i’ll investigate further when i’ve more time on the pc. at present i’m having a digital love affair with Titania Mcgrath.

  2. Dianne Williams

    How I love the self-deprecator!
    I look forward to reading more from your pen (metaphorically speaking, of course).

  3. Paul Armstrong

    Glad to find your site. Miss the old “Right Now!” days. Sad to see Allan Robertson is no longer with us.

  4. Steve Moxon

    Just now looked you up to see what you’re up to, and I see you’re putting out novels.
    * Would still be chuffed to meet up again some time! — am now living out in the sticks (scenic very hilly Yorkshire gritstone land with lots of tress) having taken over the family home. You’d be welcome to visit / stay.

    1. derek

      That would be great, Steve. As soon as the current nonsense is over (assuming we survive, of course!) we’ll sort out a state visitation. There haven’t been any novels recently, but one’s with my agent, and another’s nearing completion. I look forward to hearing what you’re doing. Send a message via Facebook

  5. Vlad


    Where can I find old copies of the Right Now! magazine?

    Hoping that Derek sees this message.



  6. Ken Popple

    Hello Derek – I moved away from Lincolnshire in the 70’s and have just returned after living here, there and everywhere. As a returning gift a good friend bought me your wonderful book which I’m hugely looking forward to. If you have time (of course you do, there’s a lot more of it in Lincolnshire) please have a look at my ode to Lincs – I think you’ll enjoy it… Ken


    If the link doesn’t work please search “Land of mud and sky – Ken Popple” on Youtube. Yes I’m pushing it I know.

    1. derek

      Hello, Ken, and thanks for your kind comment. Thanks, too, for “pushing it”, because your ode is excellent! I wonder why I’ve never come across it before. Do you write many songs, and do you perform publicly? Do let me know. In the meantime, thanks again, and all best, D

      1. Ken Popple

        Hello Derek – thanks for the kind remarks. I play now and again at open mics. My next venture is hopefully in Louth at Riverside theatre on Wednesday 10- it’ll be a mixed bag of song and poetry I believe. Your article btw on Boston in Unherd was a good but uncomfortable read for a conflicted liberal like myself. It’s my home town, although I don’t live there now but all my family do. My final thanks: as an English teacher I was delighted to learn the word tergiversation from your Lincolnshire book! All the best. Ken

        1. derek

          I have only just seen this comment! Apologies. Of course I missed your Louth appearance. Let me know of any others, please. I’ll try and keep a more attentive eye on my comments, and you can always e-mail editor@brazen-head.org. As for Boston, it’s a wonderful but unlucky town, much put upon by recent fate. I’m sorry if my article was discomfiting. As for tergiversation, always glad to be of glossarial assistance, and revive vocabulary fallen into abeyance!

  7. David Blake

    Hello Derek. Have just finished reading your fantastic book on Lincolnshire. I left the county at 18 way back in the 1970s and it’s great to see the place so well-served; I must get back and explore the bits I missed.

    1. derek

      Hello, David. Thank you very much for this very kind comment; it’s vastly appreciated. The subject and I hit it off quite well, I think! I wrote far more than I needed to, so who knows – maybe one day there will be a follow up. Whereabouts did you live? Thanks again, and all the very best for Christmas. Derek

      1. Michael Robinson

        A couple of weeks ago I was walking from the Eastgate bus drop to the Cathedral cafe and thought I do not want to live anywhere else than this. My home in Sudbrooke, and Lincolnshire. Yet I am a geordie and have lived in Sussex and travelled extensively. I relish the history and everything about the county. It’s my place.
        This Christmas week included:
        19th: a return visit, after years, to Gunby Hall to enjoy the Christmas decorations, but also to be fascinated by the life of Emily Langton Massingberd.
        23rd: At Lincoln Archives handling her letters to her father.
        24th: A wander in the Cathedral, brought to a premature end, by the fire alarm.
        26th – last night: blown away by the opening pages of the “The Edge of England” – a surprise present from my son, who lives in Manchester.
        I will relish reading more. Thank you for writing it and standing up for the area that so few can pin-point.

        1. derek

          Thank you very much for this kind note. A Christmas devoted to Yellowbelly Studies – I approve! I’m delighted you liked the book. As you will have noted, I’m a blow-in myself. One advantage of being an outsider moving into a place is that you are less likely to take it for granted. There is, of course, a strong sense of local pride amongst native-born Lincolnshire people, but it is usually tacit, rarely communicated to outsiders. I am glad to do what I can to highlight the county’s charms and significances; it’s a microcosm of the whole country, and an increasingly embattled identity. Good luck with the rest of the book, and best wishes for 2023.

          1. Michael Robinson

            Many thanks and best wishes to you for 2023 – as we see our world seemingly falling apart.
            I have sent our shared messages to my son in Manchester – it was he who bought me your book for Christmas.

          2. derek

            I’ve just seen this. Thanks for troubling to reply, and I’m glad you cc-ed your public-spirited son! All the best to you, and to him, for 2023.

  8. Colin Moore

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year coupled with av’Thank you’ for the mention in ‘EDGE OF ENGLAND’ (page 119). With best regards from the nonagenarian at Croft.

    1. derek

      Thank you so much, Colin (and Happy New Year back). How splendid to hear from you. I am delighted you saw your mention, and I’m just sorry I never asked your name, after all your kindness in showing me around. You are a worthy keeper of the keys for a fantastic and unique church; long yet may your association continue! Again, thank you, and all the very best. Derek


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