Jo Blackwell

Writer & Photographer - Inspiration Station

During the war…

War/Survival Fiction

My quest to ‘find’ my grandfather (see “Searching for Jack”) has lead me into a rabbit hole of research. I am only just coming up for air, having immersed myself in the history of the war in the Far East, specifically the aftermath of the Fall of Singapore, one of the most shameful military disasters […]

Short Story – ROAR!

Jo Blackwell

Here is my new short story: Roar! (or 20,000 words a day) This is the first piece of short fiction I’ve written for almost 20 years. At that time, I was a regular contributor to magazines such as Take a Break Bella Best My Weekly The Lady and Family Circle. This isn’t a “tea break” kind of story though. It is longer, […]

Searching for Jack

Jo Blackwell, Fiction

My grandfather, Jack, spent 3 years as a POW of the Japanese in Singapore. When he signed up, he was a 10 ½ stone, Welterweight, amateur boxing champion. On repatriation he weighed 5 ½ stone. That he survived at all was a testament to his toughness, both physical and mental. He died, in his fifties, when […]

Juggle

Three Brother Bears

My name is Jo Blackwell, and I am one of life’s jugglers. We all are, of course, to some extent. Especially parents of young children. But I am not one of those any more. Now, I am a juggler of ideas, concepts, dreams and projects. And I am an expert dropper of balls.   Juggling […]