Monday, 17 December 2012

Happy Anniversary!

If you haven’t considered them already, 2013 marks some big anniversaries, which might make useful article or short story idea generators:

Pride and Prejudice: It's the 200th anniversary of this novel’s publication. 

The Queen: It’s 60 years since her coronation (she became Queen in 1952, but the coronation was in 1953).

Stock Exchange: It’s 40 years since women were allowed into the London Stock Exchange.

Football: The world’s oldest professional association football league is founded, 125 years ago.

James Bond: 60 years ago in April 1953, Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, is published.

Bouncing Bombs: It’s the 70th anniversary of the Dam Buster raids over Germany with the bouncing bomb.

Flowers: It’s 100 years since the first Chelsea Flower Show.

Sex: A very British Scandal - it’s 50 years since the John Profumo Affair.

Victoria: 175 years ago  - the coronation of Queen Victoria.

Trains: It’s the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery.

Concorde: Concorde made her last commercial flight ten years ago.

Dr?: The BBC broadcast the first episode of Dr Who, fifty years ago.

Ripper: 125 years ago, Jack The Ripper was on his killing spree.

Big Ben: It’s 90 years since the chimes of Big Ben were first broadcast on radio by the BBC.

That should keep you busy during 2013 researching those!

Good luck!


  1. Thank you Simon, lots of inspiration there!

  2. I tried my hand at writing anniversary pieces for 2012 and was pleasantly surprised to find how often a single topic could be aimed at very different publications. Writing for county magazines worked well in this respect.
    Your list shows how diverse these anniversaries might be and should spark some new ideas.

  3. Simon, how keen you are to get everyone imspired and working! We had a long talk with a poet at the New Art Gallery Walsall this morning. She stood in a room full of Epstein sculptures and paintings, with Damien Hirst's preserved sheep behind her, and complained of lack of inspiration.

    1. Sounds like a classic case of not being able to see what's right in front of your nose!

  4. Was it really ten years ago that Concorde last graced our skies? I remember watching it on the telly. Crikey. Where on earth did that time go? Thanks for all your posts. Interesting, as always.