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

16 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. Robert Wyatt

    Hello Derek,
    we have no contact details for you. Please could you email Robert
    some way of sending you his comment when he’s done it

    1. derek

      I have only just seen this! I’m mortified that I didn’t respond. The book has gone to press, so it’s too late to put anything on the cover, but an endorsement would still be hugely useful for publicity, if not too late. I’ll send an e-mail now. So sorry Derek

  7. 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!


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