Publication: June 28, 2021

SURVIVAL combines the first two stories of my Livonia series, Walpurgis Night and The Last Star Rising. Against the background of a fictional Baltic state, it tells of two young women struggling to cope with and escape from the hell in which they find themselves. The story celebrates human courage and resourcefulness fortified by music.

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Sixtus Beckmesser

Sixtus Beckmesser, the town clerk from Wagner’s Die Meistersinger is my pen name. I was formerly a GP and cognitive psychotherapist in Hampshire. After retirement, I have been traveling round Europe seeing friends and going to music festivals. I live in Hampshire and the Tuscan hills making wine,book binding and writing whilst still finding time for music in Florence, Milan, Venice, Munich and of course London. I have always been fascinated by finding out how people survive terrible things.

SURVIVAL combines the first two stories of the Livonia series, Walpurgis Night and The Last Star Rising, which celebrate human courage, fortified by music, in escaping from hell. The women's inspiration is Beethoven's only opera, 'Fidelio' against a background of other music, in particular Wagner's Ring Cycle.

A great Wedding

April 26, 2022

A great day at the Watkinson/Biscoe wedding on Saturday (23rd April). Fine looking couple and lovely chuch at Laverstoke.

Considerable …

SURVIVAL -The beginning -Waiting for the Pub

January 25, 2022



Walpurgis Night

April 08, 2021 | Survival

There was desperation in her voice. A long pause.

‘We take the …

The Last Star Rising - The Opening

April 08, 2021 | Survival

Cold menaced. It brooded like a sluggish viscous plague laying siege in every nook and cranny. …

'After silence .......'

December 01, 2021 | Survival

I'm in a state of grief as I've just finished your book and I so enjoyed it! I'll have to …