#Authorstory call

Just over a year ago, on 6th January 2016, @sashay909 got the ball rolling with the first in a series of feature posts called ‘Authors who made History’. That wonderful post featured the legendary William Shakespeare.

Thank you @piyushavir for confirming you’re ok for us to try and take your challenge forward, if anyone wishes to join in and maybe add to ideas or issue new small challenges within the theme. So I’m also sharing this extract (from my latest blogpost taking part in coolbeans’ MonthlyLookAhead…) Continue reading

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Stumbling on a Remarkable Life: Adela Rogers St. John (an Author Study)

#Authorstory – index & call for volunteers

(‘Authors Who Made History’ in progress, perhaps  …  please feel free to add a blog link to share a relevant current or past post of your own here if you wish.)

In the meantime, would anyone like to post for this feature during November (16th? 23rd? 30th?) or December? Your article can be any word-length and does not have to be a formal ‘essay’ style for this feature providing it is a ‘complete’ post. Please use the #authorstory tag. Images used in your post could be your own, or otherwise Commons or fair use compliant and clearly credited with the image source. There should be a clear policy here somewhere confirming your usual standard intellectual property rights as contributing/author members (see also final paragraph in this post). WordPress, BloggingU and commons type guidelines and founding principles apply. (Thanks 🙂

Latest #Shutterbug Showcase call for volunteers can be found here. NB: This ‘feature’ includes the potential for writing responses to the prompt and not only as a ‘photopost’.

@piyushavir – are you still available ‘on call’ as per sidebar info? hope all is well with you. ALSO Did you previously express an interest in posting a fave/rec. author for this and you wanting today/any other? Apologies if I’m mixing you up with someone else and no worries if you are too busy but please can you indicate your anticipated response time. (PS – thanks to whomever for sorting @admin issue earlier)

Link URLs indexed below to #authorstory posts featured previously:

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Shutterbug Showcase #prompt for 10th November…

Following Susan’s announcement that she would like a rest from volunteer scheduling and prefers not to be tagged at the moment for #shutterbug showcase (and while not wishing to be “volunteer scheduling-in-charge” for personal health reasons and my #authorstory interest, resuming that from next week hopefully…)

Call for volunteers to post for this event for any of the following dates? The prompt for next week is…


Susan, (arwen1968) originally suggested the fantastic idea of each participant deciding the prompt for the following week. I’m proposing that you can adapt the above prompt eg you might wish to drop the ‘TOAST’ and adapt the prompt to make it ‘CELEBRATION’, for instance – or anything else you might loosely relate to the ‘TOAST’ prompt.

Volunteers are invited to post for the following dates (non-members could post on their own blogs if they prefer as our admin is inaccessible and appears currently inactive and so maybe not allowing new member access). I could then reblog your post here on this forum. Current members very welcome to post directly here (or similarly could reblog here from their own blog post if they prefer). Please reply in comments to this post if you wish to take part for any of these dates (ie. to post a photo in response and to leave a prompt for the next week’s participant). This way we can still all see who might or might not wish to carrying on playing with this original idea.

10 November: @adriennea3 (thank you for confirmation, fab #fotopost ) and prompt for 17th Nov (Love)

17 November:

24 November:


1 December:

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Authors Who Made History: Goethe

Yesterday was #readabookday on Twitter. As I’m still waiting for delivery of a recently purchased book – and with a love of Project Gutenberg (and other free online reading archives) I headed to their Facebook page to find I am belated in marking Goethe’s birthday anniversary (Goethe, born 28th August, 1749, died 22nd March, 1831, aged 82 years). The following autobiography by Goethe, was a fantastic find -originally translated from German and published in English in 1897 and only recently added to Project Gutenberg.

(For some reason, facebook posts, although showing in post-draft, not showing in published post, you can also find it at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/project.gutenberg/photos/a.387615124635933.91011.165355083528606/1186862491377855/?type3 )

I could probably spend hours over months reading about Goethe before being able to pay justice to his #authorstory. Although his is a name I’m familiar with, in the context of his work being of influence to other literary and artistic creators, I haven’t yet read enough to barely begin here. To draw upon his autobiography I might need a good while future reading time yet.

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​Authors who made history: Ernesto Guevara de la Serna

Some authors are just authors. They make writing as their profession and do what they do best, write. Some authors have a profession but write out of sheer passion. But this one is a bit different from all the others. He quit his profession, became a revolutionary, then became an author. Guess who?

It’s none other than Ernesto Guevara aka Che Guevara. Just imagine how cool the books written by a revolutionary would be? When I read The motorcycle diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta in Spanish) the first time, I was absolutely awestruck by his narration. It’s a memoir that traces the early travels of Che Guevara, when he was a 23-year-old medical student, and his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist. I’m a sucker for memoirs and this was the first memoir I’ve read. Let’s talk about the author now.

Before he became a revolutionary, he was a physician. He was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 14th, 1928. As a young medical student, he travelled across South America and was radicalized by the poverty and suffering of people. He then got involved in reforming Guatemala because of the capital exploitation of Latin America by the US.  He later went to Cuba with Fidel Castro to overthrow the Cuban dictator Batista and then rose to fame. He also held respectable positions in the newly formed government. Che left Cuba in 1965 to foment revolution in Congo and then in Bolivia. But he was captured in Bolivia by the Bolivian forces and then shot dead.

As I said earlier, he was an author too. He wrote books on guerrilla warfare. As an adolescent, he was into poetry and was fascinated by the works of Pablo Neruda and John Keats. There were more than 3000 books in his home library which made him an ecstatic reader. He wrote three books, namely The Motorcycle Diaries, Guerilla warfare andEpisodes of Cuban Revolutionary war.

He was a person that could use a gun and a pen with equal expertise. He became a legendary figure for socialists worldwide after his death.

Better to stand and die than to live on your knees.

Did I metion that they made a movie based on his Motorcycle diaries in 2004?? The movie’s name is Motorcycle diaries too. It even won Academy and BAFTA awards. 

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Authors Who Made History: Sarojini Naidu

This week having celebrated Indian Independence Day on August 15th, it seemed to be the perfect time to write about someone who was part of the Indian Freedom Struggle.

Sarojini Naidu, The Nightingale of India. She has achieved a lot in her political career and also played a major role in Indian Independence. A feminist, who had a flair for poetry. We’ve read a lot about her part in the Freedom Fight as kids, but it was in my late teens that I came across one of her short stories. It was a book on Indian literature and out of all the other stories, hers had a great impact on me.


Sarojini Naidu was born on February 13th, 1879 in my hometown Hyderabad. She graduated from Kings’ College London and got married at the age of 19. Her poems were blithe and beautiful. Many admired her writings. Some of her published and popular works are, The Golden Threshold, Bird of time and The Broken Wings.

Her writings were mainly focused on the history, culture and the ongoing practices of the society. Her stories, many of which, directed towards the suppression of women in those days are weirdly the mirrors of how women are treated today. When asked if she was a feminist regarding her writings about women, she replied politely that she writes facts, things that are happening and are nothing new or fantasized, whatever it was to be tagged is not my decision, but I do write for women empowerment.

Having married someone out of her caste at the time where inter caste marriages were not allowed, she was one of the very few who asked why women don’t get to have their own name and why it’s her father’s before marriage and then husband’s. These little details show how rebellious she was and being highly educated gave her the strength to question the customs. Her father deserves a great mention, for having given her the freedom to explore and express her own self.

If anything she is an inspiration to every woman and writers globally. It is sad that how her writings of women’s sufferings still apply to this day.

Oh, we need a new breed of men before India can be cleansed of her disease

— Sarojini Naidu

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Grace Anne


Author’s Who Made History: Whitman and Sillitoe (and taking a day off)

(Another break… in style, that is…)

“All the future is foretold, but freedom of choice is given to everyone.” Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph

[inscription in Alan Sillitoe’s 1972 book, ‘Raw Material’, ISBN no: 0 491 00503 2]

I had been planning to write about the 20th century writer Nottingham-born author Alan Sillitoe, (4th March 1928 – 24th April, 2010)


As you know, (perhaps), the date usually has [to have for me] some significance in my #authorstory posts and then just because of the

date issue, and not having one with Alan Sillitoe, or anybody else, the alternative Walt Whitman post I was preparing hinged on a letter he wrote on this day in 1863. You can see a transcribed archive document of that letter at the Walt Whitman archive.

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Author Story – Ten Writers Who Changed the World!

The written word has the power to generate ideas, inspire revolutions, and change the way we view ourselves and our place in history. Nowhere is this power clearer than in the works of the authors in this list!

These writers changed the world and its writing with their style and beliefs, and the works they created — from fictional epics to philosophical creeds — have had a lasting impact on people and cultures around the world. (And more than a few have won the Nobel Prize to prove it.)

I love writing lists and for this week’s Author story, I decided to put together a list of ten writers who changed the world with their writing.

Do check them out. Who would you like to add to this list?

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Authors Who Made History – E.R. Braithwaite

Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, is a novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people.


I inherited a few books from my late Uncle (may his soul rest in peace), one of which was To Sir, With Love by E.R. Braithwaite. I was immediately taken in by the book and that led to a beautiful and heart-touching journey through the many books of this talented writer. The narration will truly touch your heart.

Born in 1920 in British Guyana to a family of two Oxford-educated parents and four other siblings, he had a relatively easy and comfortable upbringing in the loving family. Continue reading

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