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KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt (USA)

Fall issue 2019 (Vol. 30 No. 3)

A new five-page feature 'Pharoah's Follies', in which David Lewiston Sharpe contemplates the notion of 'completed work' and the continuous process of construction which gives the lie to any truly monolithic interpretation of the monuments of ancient Egypt. The journey was very much the destination in the business of building palace or temple precinct.

Published quarterly, KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt is the USA's premier English language periodical devoted to the personalities, art and architecture of ancient Egyptian culture.

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History Magazine (USA)

April-May 2019 issue

In a new three-page feature 'The Excellencies of Musicke', David Lewiston Sharpe explores the history of choral music at the Chapel Royal from the Middle Ages (and reference to ritual origins dating back to antiquity) up to modern times, including the author's own anthem commissioned by Her Majesty's Chapels Royal for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, 1517-2017.

Published every month, History Magazine covers a range of themes and topics, including ancient history, modern American history, biographies of famous figures. Click 'read more' to see the magazine website.

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London Cello Society (UK)

Spring 2019-Newsletter 32

In a new two-page special interest article 'Cello Epiphanies', David Lewiston Sharpe presents his new Sonatina for Cello and Piano completed at Christmas 2018/19 and scheduled for performance in Germany. Endorsed by Julian Lloyd Webber, the Sonatina searches for new lyricism at the turn of the year, with a central 'song without words' completed on the eve of Epiphany 2019.

Published twice a year, the London Cello Society newsletter promotes the work and activities of the society, its membership and exectutives, concerning all things cello-related!

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History Magazine (USA)

October-November 2017 issue

In a new five-page feature 'Secrets of the Desert', David Lewiston Sharpe contrasts the lives and spiritual inspiration of two ascetics that vie for the historical status of the 'first hermit'. The context is the origin of monasticism in the Egyptian desert of the early centuries CE - and the political and imperial panorama against which Saint Anthony and Saint Paul the Hermit asserted their claim.

Published every month, History Magazine covers a range of themes and topics, including ancient history, modern American history, biographies of famous figures. Click 'read more' to see the magazine website.

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Ancient Egypt magazine (UK)

June-July 2017 issue

In a new four-page feature 'Oriental Odes - Egypt and the English Romantics', David Lewiston Sharpe considers how the problematic issues of 'orientalism' (as defined in part by intellectual and cultural commentator Edward Said) were already vividly expressed in the great poetry of Keats, Shelley and their contemporaries. Yet, there is evidence of a redemptive spirit in their ultimately universal work.

Published every two months, Ancient Egypt magazine is written by those with expertise in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology, and is a must-read for all interested in this fascinating field.

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Astronomy Now (UK)

March 2017 issue

In a new five-page feature 'Ancient Stories of the Stars', David Lewiston Sharpe investigates the problematic divide between astroNOMY and astroLOGY - the latter an often distracting aspect of our view of ancient science, in relation to the night sky. The article shows that much of the earlier phases of ancient Egyptian history were built on an understanding of the earth's place in a puzzling but by turns revealing universe.

Published every month, Astronomy Now is the leading and most substantial popular magazine dealing with the subject. Click 'read more' to see the magazine website.

History Magazine (USA)

February-March 2017 issue

In a new  four-page feature 'The Malvern Hills and the Myth of Ancient Britain', David Lewiston Sharpe explores the melding of myth and history in the hills of Worcestershire; the mediaeval poem Piers Plowman by William Langland, and the story of ancient British leader Caratacus and his last stand at the British Camp earthworks offer a beguiling ambivalent focus.

Published every 2 months, History Magazine covers a range of themes and topics, including ancient history, modern American history, biographies of famous figures. Click 'read more' to see the magazine website.

Discover Your Ancestors (UK)

December 2016 issue

 

In a new  feature article, 'Great Uncle Mozart', David Lewiston Sharpe explores the lineages of learning that connect generations of students and teachers. He draws on his own background, which traces teacher-student lines back through nine 'generations' to Mozart and Bach, via Sullivan and Schumann.

Published every month, Discover Your Ancestors periodical is a companion to the 'bookazine' published yearly, aimed at new and experienced family historians. Click 'read more' to see the magazine website.

History Magazine (USA)

October-November 2016 issue

 

In a new four-page feature article, 'Blind Ambition: Milton, Galileo and faultlines in sacred and secular worlds', David Lewiston Sharpe looks at the place of poet John Milton and astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei in the scientific revolution and how their single-mindedness foiled them but fed their successes.

 

Published every 2 months, History Magazine covers a range of themes and topics, including ancient history, modern American history, biographies of famous figures. Click 'read more' to see the magazine website.

KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt (USA)

Fall issue 2016 (Vol. 27 No. 3)

 

In a new six-page feature article, 'Power and Procession in the God's House: Egyptian Temples as Dynamic Structures', David Lewiston Sharpe explores the grand static structures of the Nile and their governing principle of movement and ritual. Royal power serves as their cornerstone...

 

Published quarterly, KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt is the USA's premier English language periodical devoted to the personalities, art and architecture of ancient Egyptian culture.

Your Family History magazine

September 2016 issue

 

A review 'hands on' article that assesses the value DNA tests in broadening the genealogical picture against wider, ancient populations to which we belong. Is it more than simply 'genetic astrology'?  - www.yourfamilytreemag.co.uk.

 

Your Family History magazine contains a great deal of useful information, feature articles on important and vital historical background to genealogical research - as well as how-to articles.

History Magazine (USA)

February-March 2016 issue

 

In a new five-page feature article, 'Freud and the Pharaohs: the Uncanny Reality of Ancient Egypt', David Lewiston Sharpe looks at the psychology of wonder, Sigmund Freud's thoughts on the 'uncanny', and how they relate to 'Wonderful things' of ancient Egypt. Click cover to read (pp.18-22); reproduced with kind permission.

 

Published every 2 months, History Magazine covers a range of themes and topics, including ancient history, modern American history, biographies of famous figures. Click 'read more' to see the magazine website.

Family Tree magazine

Christmas 2015 issue

 

A new three-page feature article, 'Enclosure, Tithes and Tilleys', where David Lewiston Sharpe explores a historically important theme - the enclosure award acts of the 19th Century, their effect on the movements of agricultural labourers, and the 'lure of London'. See pages 30-33 - www.family-tree.co.uk.

 

Published every month, Family Tree gives top research advice, reader stories, and expert answers to questions and solutions to family history dilemmas.

Ancient Egypt magazine

August-September 2015 issue

 

In a new four-page feature article, 'Karnak and the Seven Gates of Osiris', David Lewiston Sharpe explores the hidden treasure of a small ancient chapel behind the site of the great temple of Amun at Karnak. Dating to the Late Period of ancient Egyptian history, the small chapel of Osiris Heka Djet (Osiris 'Lord of Eternity') displays many unique and beguiling features. See pages 42-45 - click cover to read article (reproduced with kind permission: www.ancientegyptmagazine.co.uk).

 

Published every two months, Ancient Egypt magazine is written by those with expertise in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology, and is a must-read for all interested in this fascinating field.

Your Family Tree magazine

August 2015 issue

 

A three-page 'how to' article on using the information available from Deceased Online - a database of burial records established in 2008 which presents data mostly from UK cemeteries and crematoria. David Lewiston Sharpe guides readers through how to make use of this handy resource. Cemeteries in Egypt, Malta and Singapore are also included as well as those in the UK. See pages 56-59 - click cover to read article (reproduced with kind permission: www.yourfamilytreemag.co.uk).

 

Your Family Tree magazine contains a great deal of useful information, feature articles on important and vital historical background to genealogical research - as well as how-to articles.

Babel: The Language Magazine

May 2015 issue

 

David Lewiston Sharpe explores correlations between ancient Egyptian and modern English - demonstrating that these two languages are not so very different as it may first seem. Though deriving from two disjunct strands in human verbal and semantic systems, the surface differences of hieroglyphic and Roman alphabet English disguise tantalising links at syllabic and etymological levels. See pages 29-33 - click cover to read article (reproduced with kind permission: www.babelzine.com).

 

Babel: The Language Magazine presents a wide range of fascinating articles that deal with language and linguistics. Published by the University of Huddersfield, with Prof David Crystal as linguistic consultant.

County Life magazines - Bedfordshire

Summer 2015 issue

 

David Lewiston Sharpe looks into his own Bedfordshire heritage, where his family lived and worked as blacksmiths from the 17th to the 19th Centuries - in the open, airy village of Sharnbrook in the north of the county. See pages 12-14 - click cover to read article (reproduced with kind permission: www.countylifemagazines.co.uk).

 

County Life magazines cover several of the home counties, including Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, and are important sources of local information - cultural, commercial and current news.

Edition Eulenburg - Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Smetana

Various editions: prefaces

 

Drawing on his musicological background, writer and composer David Lewiston Sharpe was commissioned to write introductory essays for a series of scores in the Eulenburg Audio+Score series. These include Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat 'Emperor' Op. 73, and Rossini 2 Overtures, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Guillaume Tell.

 

The Eulenburg miniature scores are the required resource for study of great works in the established repertoire of classical concert music.

New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (7th Edn)

Contributing author and editorial staff (1997-2000)

 

A contributor to the last print edition of the seminal Grove Dictionary of Music, David Lewiston Sharpe was also on the editorial staff of this historic piublication brought to its conclusion as a printed publication at the turn of the century. The encyclopedia comprises 29 volumes, each more than 800 pages, with over 5,000 articles on contemporary composers alone.

 

 

Poetry News (published by The Poetry Society)

Editor and Publications Manager

 

In 2007, David Lewiston Sharpe was on the staff of The Poetry Society in London, UK. In the 2007 editions of Poetry News are various interviews carried out and published while working as editor of the magazine, which sits alongside Poetry Review - the flagship publication of the society.

 

 

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