Wednesday, 5 March 2014
12 Years a Slave
This is a film you watch with an sense of reverence. The fully deserved plaudits for its makers are one reason, the gravity of the subject matter the other. Throughout the film the sound in my ear was 'Gott' the first word uttered by Florestan at the start of his aria in Beethoven's masterpiece, Fidelio. Florestan was imprisoned as a result of an abuse of power and it was only the love of his wife that saved him. But it is the parallel of abuse that struck me most strongly. Let no one say that Magna Carta is irrelevant. Power is abused each and every day and this only happens because ordinary people like you and me do nothing.
Phil Hamlyn Williams's current project is a book entitled Charlotte Bronte's First Devotee about the man who discovered and mentored her.
His previous book, Ordnance, tells the story of how the British Army was equipped for the Great War. It was published by The History Press in June 2018. His first book, War on Wheels, telling the story of the thousands of ordinary men and women who together worked to mechanise the British Army in WW2 was published by The History Press on 8 September 2016. He wrote the story of the MacRobert's Reply collaborating with Story Terrace, published in December 2016. He writes regularly on contemporary issues for a number of periodicals and his own blogs. He is chair of trustees at The Lincoln Arts Trust which runs the Lincoln Drill Hall arts venue. He also chairs The Lincoln Book Festival. He works with others on CompassionateLincoln.
He was awarded an MA in Professional Writing at University College Falmouth in 2009. As a result of the this course, he wrote a novel, Broken Bonds, on human dimension of the Banking Crisis. He has been writing for fifteen years, having spent much of his career in professional services and the not for profit sector.