Author: Kevin Dixon

Kevin Dixon(Author)

Kevin Dixon went to Audley Park – now Torquay Academy – and South Devon College when it was at Torre. After studying at Birmingham City University, he returned home because there’s nowhere else quite like Torquay. He then became involved in community and adult education, completed a PhD at Exeter University , and started writing about the weird and unknown side of town. He now Chairs Healthwatch Torbay and is involved in health and social care in the Bay.

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Charles Kingsley in Livermead

  “No wonder that such a spot as Torquay, with its delicious Italian climate, and endless variety of rich woodland, flowery lawn, fantastic rock-cavern, and broad bright tide-sand, shelter…

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Superstar Ruby Murray in Torquay

Back in the early 1990s there was a lady who frequented the bars around Torquay harbourside. It was often said that she used to be a well-known singer, but few younger drinkers knew how famous she…

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Roger Deakins: beyond Torquay

We’ve often said that no good can come from leaving Torquay. Why leave the Bay when we have it all? Yet, there are those that have to journeyed to lands beyond the Ideford Dip and made a mark on t…

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1914: Torbay goes to War

  “Why do they call, sonny, why do they call for men who are brave and strong? Is it naught to you if your country falls and Right is smashed by Wrong? Is it football still and the pic…

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James Joyce and a Torquay Bloomsday

“The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea”, Ulysses   The Irish novelist and poet James Joyce (1882-1941) is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the twent…

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Sean O’Casey in his Torquay Exile

In September 1964 Sean O’Casey died of a heart attack in Torquay at the age of 84. He was cremated at the Golders’ Green Crematorium. The dramatist, long an exile from his native Ireland, had l…

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A short history of Gay Torquay

From its very beginnings as a town, Torquay had a significant gay population. As in many other coastal towns, the gay community had its roots in the presence of the Royal Navy and the local mariti…