I’m a day late this week but, hey, better late than never.
Choose one of the topics, and then brainstorm. Fiction and non-fiction; topical and evergreen.
The Queen’s platinum jubilee
Next year, on 2 June 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrating her platinum jubilee. Although her coronation did not take place until 2 June 1953, she actually became queen the year before when her father, King George VI, died in February.
Not only is Queen Elizabeth II the world’s longest reigning living monarch, but we’re also getting a 4-day holiday weekend to help celebrate.
What else can you link to this anniversary? How about the Top Ten Living Monarchs of All Time? Or Queens Around the World? Or Street Parties over the past Seventy Years? You could write a short story that features a street party.
It’s also a prime excuse for all the pro- versus anti-monarchists to come out in storm. So how about a nice, ranty opinion piece? Pros: Tourist Income the Royal Family Brings to Britain. Cons: How Much Does Our Royal Family Cost?
Because we celebrate Coronation Day every year, this could also be the starting point for an evergreen.
The Royal Ulster Constabulary
One hundred years ago next year, on 1 June 1922, The Royal Ulster Constabulary was formed.
What do we know about this force? Why was it formed? How was it formed? What is the background to this formation? What has been the constabulary’s history? Are they still in existence?
This is a good topic to hang any story about Ulster or Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has had its troubles, and many men and women have served there. It is also a beautiful part of the world. So how about something a bit different?
Sixty years ago next year, on 2 June 1962, Vita Sackwille-West died, aged 70.
Who was Vita Sackwille-West? According to the National Trust, she was a prolific fiction author, a prize-winning poet, and a gardener. She was born at Knole, and she lived at Sissinghurst Castle.
What can you find out about Knole? About Sissinghurst? Can either make a nice travel feature? How about an article about the famous gardens at Sissinghurst? You can also tie-in a story about the National Trust.
You could write a story about someone who buys or inherits a run-down property and converts it into a desirable residence or visitor attraction. Or you can write any fiction using gardens and gardening as a theme.
Over to you…
… and don’t forget to come back and let me know if and what you did, and how it fared.
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