November 1, 2016

Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. As I’m an ignoramus regarding most matters I heartily agree. I’ll poo-poo facts and figures whenever I can. However, I realised last month that I was badly in need of some information. I’ve written a novel all about a harp-maker and there’s nothing in it about actual harp-making. Why? Because, although I claim to know a little about harps, I’ve never attempted to make one and am (or was) spectacularly vague about how it is done.  The novel lacked a vital ingredient: authenticity.

I therefore set off on an exciting expedition to South Devon in pursuit of harp-making knowledge. My destination was the workshop of Tim Hampson. Tim repairs old harps and makes new ones which...

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