Clarissa Horwood, Founder of The Pen Factor
The Reverend Henry Wheeler Robinson
|My great-grandfather, H. Wheeler Robinson, was the Principal of Regent’s Park College, Oxford. He was responsible for relocating the college from London to its current location in Pusey Street. He believed it was a more congenial setting than London for a college. Today his books are widely used in the Faculty of Theology. |
My grandfather, F. C. Horwood, was Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford, and he published works on diverse literary giants. He had a particular love for A. E. Housman's poetry, which later formed the foundation of his friendship with Colin Dexter. My grandfather immersed himself in the magic of Oxford, and joined 'The Inklings' literary group with his associates, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, which they held at The Eagle and Child in St. Giles'.
F. C. Horwood, Tutor and Dean
Tony Horwood, my father
As a child, I would gratefully listen to Dad’s typewriter echoing late into the night. His fierce tapping chased away the dormitory ghosts that haunted me.
He wrote indefatigably, and steadily submitted his poems and short stories, decade after decade. Some were published, while others were returned with a compliment slip. His most beautiful novel was never submitted. That would be his last.
To this day, I do not understand why his best work was placed in a stamped brown envelope, but never posted. Perhaps he lost hope.
My father’s prose outlives him, but he continues to be my source of inspiration. His unchartered talent has inspired me to encourage those who have found their raison d'être in writing to keep on fueling their passion. I am undeniably a late developer. It took the death of a parent and the birth of a child to identify my strengths and passions. Dad’s legacy left an imprint on my heart. Writing has helped fulfill me in motherhood and inject inspiration into my own children.
Keep the dream alive. Keep writing.
Reading for Pleasure Advocate