New Novel, ‘Another Life’, Seeking Agent/Publisher

New Novel, ‘Another Life’, Seeking Agent/Publisher

My new, completed novel, ‘Another Life’ is at present doing the rounds of agents and publishers. I describe it as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life for the 21st Century’. It is accessible, contemporary literary fiction, embracing a quest, romance, traditional beliefs, grief and progressive science. I believe it will appeal to readers who enjoy the books of Alasdair Gray, […] more…
SALAD: Southend Area Local Authors’ Day Saturday 6th July 2019

SALAD: Southend Area Local Authors’ Day Saturday 6th July 2019

Not to be missed! On Saturday, 6th July, the 2019 Southend Area Local Authors’ Day (SALAD), with the Southend Festival. The opportunity to meet, talk and listen to local authors from the Southend-on-Sea and surrounding area. Share stories and experiences of writing and buy their books. Participating authors from a number of genres, including fiction, […] more…
The Voynich Manuscript: Decoded After 100 Years

The Voynich Manuscript: Decoded After 100 Years

In book 1 of my The Invisible College Trilogy, the main protagonists, teenagers Emily and Peter, discover a ‘book of mysteries’, which contains, amongst other things, a transcription of a document written in an indecipherable text, accompanied by illustrations, also not understood. I based this upon the Voynich manuscript.For over a hundred years the Voynich […] more…
Essex Book Festival 2019: Essex Authors and You

Essex Book Festival 2019: Essex Authors and You

Come along this coming Saturday 9th March to the Essex Authors and You day at Chelmsford library. From 10.00 to 16.00 local authors will be holding seminars and talks. Between 12.00 and 14.00 there are opportunities to chat informally with many of the writers on a one-to-one basis and to listen to them introduce themselves […] more…
The Flammarion Engraving: Inspiration for The Invisible College Trilogy Covers

The Flammarion Engraving: Inspiration for The Invisible College Trilogy Covers

The inspiration for the background of the covers of my The Invisible College Trilogy. According to Wikipedia, ‘the Flammarion engraving is a wood engraving by an unknown artist that first appeared in Camille Flammarion’s L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire (1888). The image depicts a man crawling under the edge of the sky, depicted as if it were […] more…
One Final (Probably) Visit to Vanuatu

One Final (Probably) Visit to Vanuatu

In December 2018 I spent a couple of weeks in Vanuatu for what may well be my final visit. My partner works in International Development and is like to have only one more assignment there. It is a beautiful country and claims, with some justification, to have the most friendly population in the world. Of […] more…
Lendwithcare: Help Entrepreneurs Work Their Way Out Of Poverty

Lendwithcare: Help Entrepreneurs Work Their Way Out Of Poverty

Lendwithcare provides entrepreneurs in developing countries with ethical loans to enable them to work their way out of poverty with dignity. The wonderful thing is that, being a loan, the money is repaid, allowing you to help people to help themselves to develop a business and at no cost to you, the lender. And with […] more…
Book Review: First You Write A Sentence by Joe Moran

Book Review: First You Write A Sentence by Joe Moran

‘First You Write a Sentence’ by Joe Moran is a mixture of advice, mostly good, and observation, which I found less interesting, probably because, as a writer, I am always looking for the former. Advice is of course just that: you can take or ignore it according to the context and circumstances. Useful advice includes: […] more…
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