My name is Candia. Its initial consonant alliterates with “cow” and there are connotations with the adjective “candid.” I started writing this blog in the summer of 2012 and focused on satire at the start. I fictionalised a market town in the South of England and created stereotypical characters to populate it. I tried to use a Alexander McCall Smith ‘Scotland Street’ formula, where real places were referred to, but characters were exaggerated, parodied and enhanced.

This led me to developing one character in particular and I ran with Mr Augustus Snodbury for a while, in order to practise  techniques for a sustained piece of writing which could lead to a P G Wodehouse-style novel. He has been taken to Wine Societies, Twinning Associations, Probus and WI meetings.

Interspersed was ironic news comment, reviews and poetry.

Over the years I have won some international poetry competitions and have published in reputable small presses, as well as reviewing and reading alongside well- established poets.  I wrote under my own name then, but Candia has taken me over as an online persona.  Having brought out a serious anthology last year called ‘Its Own Place’ which features poetry of an epiphanal nature, I was able to take part in an Arts and Spirituality series of lectures in Winchester in 2016.

Lately I have been experimenting with boussekusekeika, sestinas, rhyme royale, villanelles and other forms.  I am exploring Japanese themes at the moment, my interest having been re-ignited by the recent re-evaluations of Hokusai.

Thank you to all my committed followers whose loyalty has encouraged me to keep  writing.  It has been exciting to meet some of you in the flesh- in venues as far flung as  Melbourne and Sydney!





82 thoughts on “About”

  1. Absolutely hilarious. Dragonshades thanks you for opening this portal of absurdity.

  2. Hi Candia! Thanks for stopping by History Undusted! It was a week or so ago, but I just returned from a writing research trip… Speaking of which, you might also like my writing blog, http://www.stephaniehuesler.com (or any others I write – never a dull moment!). I look forward to diving into a splash of your blogs! 😉

    • Have just read some of your Candles and Quills blog. My father used to accommodate Rudi Lack of Youth With A Mission in the 1970s in Glasgow. Interesting about your husband.
      Intrigued by everything you wrote about Scotland, Switzerland and Marfan’s: for various reasons.
      Also liked your Chinese symbol for crisis!
      This may have been a very apposite contact.

  3. Thank you so much for liking the Pissarro blog on artbookannex.
    All best,
    Ann Saul

  4. Thank you, Candia, for visiting my blog and enjoying the post on ‘shutters’.

  5. Thanks so much for the like. I hope you will visit again and often. Your blog is lovely. Namaste. . . !

  6. Thank you for visiting my blog! You’ve got a great thing going in yours!

  7. Thank you for dropping by Malcolm’s Corner and liking ‘The Myth of the Dark Ages’.

  8. Thanks for stopping by my little blog and putting a”like” on it.


  9. Candia: Thanks for stopping by my blog “Lessons Learned” at gerisroom.wordpress.com. Your blog is very different than mine, I am going to explore it a little more. Geri

    • Hope you enjoy it! It has developed over the year since I started it and the characters have taken on a life of their own. I still try to make stand alone episodes, but your appreciation, and hopefully enjoyment, would be enhanced by tracing the characters’ histories and their previous exhibitions of foibles and eccentricities!
      Am just going to have another look at your site..

  10. Oh, I am nearly as clever as you. I am a hiker and amateur photographer, but thanks for taking a look.

    • I wanted to read more, but your site said that you are re-loading it or something, so it will be up and running again soon. Look forward to being able to access it.

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog! I enjoyed reading through some of your stories and poetry-kept me amused!

  12. Hey thanks for the visit and like on my blog, you have a great blog here.

  13. Thank you for your visit and “like” on my my father’s garden blog. From just quickly looking through yours I do look forward to reading more! Happy New Year!

  14. Your blog was a wonderful surprise – I don’t think I’ve ever come across one like it! Have really enjoyed reading a few of your stories – may you continue!

  15. Thanks for liking my window post. Enjoyed your writings, I’d like to read more from you.

  16. Hi Candia, thanks for visiting my blog and the like – much appreciated!!

  17. Luna Arjuna said:

    I am pleased you like the video. Peace to you!

  18. HI and thank-you for visiting my contemporary art blog.
    So nice to see a new window on the world via your writings.

  19. Thank you for liking “Wind Carvings.” Best regards to you, and I hope 2014 will be a great year for you. 🙂

  20. Great blog – I just wish I had more time to read more of it!

  21. I like your combination of ironic comments and arts.

  22. Hello Candia! I love your blog and I rely enjoy your posts and wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. It is a great way to connect bloggers! You can check out more about it below

    • Very honoured, but so busy writing, so may not have time to take part in the process.
      Please accept my thanks for the lovely gesture, however.
      Keep reading!

  23. I have nominated you for the Shine On and reader Appreciation awards- http://fozzyfitness.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/reader-appreciation-and-shine-on-award/
    You do not have to accept the awards if not just pass as nomination was for your support and continued friendship

    • Honoured to be selected but maybe I will pass as I may not have time to be fair to the process.
      I hope I can be generous with my ‘likes’, though.
      Once again, the favour was much appreciated.

  24. Irony meets insouciance = delightful absurdity.

  25. It is so heartening to be appreciated. Thank you.
    Insouciance comes with age and experience. What do teenagers know?!

  26. Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. — Ray

  27. Wonderful site. Thanks for the visit.

  28. Thanks for swinging past my little blog, I really appreciate it…
    Kind regards

  29. Thanks for stopping and leaving your footprints… your site is delightful.

  30. Hi Candia, thank you for liking my photo essay on Canberra.

  31. Thank you for taking the time to look at the Boats gallery on my blog, it is really appreciated, and now I’ve found your work, which looks like it’s going to be one for regular visits!

  32. Thanks for dropping in to Learning from Dogs, otherwise I may never have come across your musings.

    • Hope you enjoy your visits!

      • I should think that the Royal families were just attempting to protect their own. Can’t see that as being Burke’s fault.
        Mrs Connolly didn’t have an ‘overall message.’ I think she would distrust anyone who did have one. She is merely enjoying the age-old philosophical methodology of ‘having a pop’ at those without a sense of irony who think that they do have an unquestionable imprimatur to impose their manipulative fantasies on others. She quoted Burke as a caution, I believe. She is also quite capable of pointing out his inconsistencies, should it be in her interest to do so and should she come across any in the course of her deliberations!
        Thanks for your comment and glad you read the post. I visited your site with interest.

  33. Hi Candia! Thanks for stopping by & liking my posts about Hong Kong! You have a really creative blog. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my work. Much appreciated

  35. Ian Duke said:

    It’s going to take some time to catch up with you but I’m always glad when I find something unique at the end of a Like notification, may your creativity continue Candia.

    • Many thanks, Ian.
      Hope your perseverance pays off.
      There are poems, comments on stand- alone events/ irritations and then the Suttonford storyline which got off the ground when I created Augustus Snodbury and his colleagues and past relationships. Somewhere I posted a resume. I’ll try to find it for you.

    • Resume on 6th July, 2014

  36. Do you know that there’s a town in New Hampshire, USA, named after you? Well, you at least share the name.
    It’s a lovely green place, at least before the snow hits, when it’s still lovely.
    And then there was the night, on my commute home from the office, when I hit a deer on the highway through Candia. Maybe that, too, fits your sense of adventure.

    • Yep, when I hit, I tend not to miss! And this here Candia lives in Hampshire, in the Old World.
      Thanks for your observation. I hope I will remain eternally lovely, like your dear self!

  37. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much. 🙂

  38. Isles of Wonder. Are they not passed on the trek to the shores of delight.

    My dratted keyboard has gone funky … this is the question mark … É

  39. Hi Candia… Glad to connect and interact with you.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Best wishes to you… 🙂

  40. Thanks for liking my photo101 post about “A Pop of Color.” Have a great day!

  41. I enjoyed your blog, which I saw over at First Night History. If you are into “heavily ironic news commentary” you might want to take a look at my blog, theoryofirony.com

  42. Thank you for stopping by my blog! 🙂

  43. bobh47955 said:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog Candia.

  44. Travel Nurse April said:

    Beautiful poetry and writing. Thank you for posting!

  45. tmezpoetry said:

    Looking forward to enjoying your works~

  46. This site is a very beautiful site!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and following it.

  47. pittoresca said:

    Hi Candia! Thank you for visiting my blog! Hope you liked it 🙂
    xx Eliane

  48. great site

  49. Hi Candia,

    Thanks for stopping by ‘Am an aspirant too’. You got a great blog 🙂 🙂

    Love, T.

  50. Thanks for visiting Pages & Stories! Your words and your site are lovely. Let me know if you’re on Instagram, and I’ll follow you. 🙂

    • Oh, thank you. No, am not on Instagram, but appreciate your offer. Please just drop in here from time to time, if you care to. Am just going to explore your site further…

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