Brief Encounters in Timor Leste

Brief Encounters in Timor Leste

When visiting other countries it is only courteous to respect local people and ask their permission before taking their photographs, and to recognise that in many places the majority simply do not want to be photographed. The people of Timor Leste are an exception. Seeing you with a large camera, they will often invite you […] more…
Ambient Literature – The Route to a New Reading Experience?

Ambient Literature – The Route to a New Reading Experience?

The Ambient Literature project, to quote from its website, is: ‘… a two-year collaboration between UWE Bristol, Bath Spa University, the University of Birmingham and development partners Calvium, Ltd. established to investigate the locational and technological future of the book. Funded through a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project is focused […] more…
Ulting Wick Gardens, Essex, April 2018

Ulting Wick Gardens, Essex, April 2018

Last weekend I visited the Open Day at Ulting Wick, near Maldon, Essex, as part of the National Gardens Scheme, Some nine thousand tulips and other spring plants were in bloom in the warm sunshine. I do enjoy the sight of a traditional brick-built greenhouse, whatever the size. The main focus of the trip was of […] more…
B S Johnson and the British Avant-garde of the 1960s

B S Johnson and the British Avant-garde of the 1960s

This Guardian article, reminding us of the avant-garde British writers of the 1960s, is interesting for several reasons. They were maligned by their more conventional peers, possibly for their attention to form rather than content, yet today we are not fazed by such experimentation; indeed, it is welcomed, to the extent that such novels are […] more…
Essex Authors’ Day, Chelmsford, Saturday 17th March 2018

Essex Authors’ Day, Chelmsford, Saturday 17th March 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed the Essex Authors’ Day, on Saturday 17 March at Chelmsford, Essex, library. An Essex Book Festival event, it featured over forty local writers giving talks, readings and ‘Meet The Author’ sessions. All presentations were free. My talk on ‘Writing Speculative Fiction’ was well-attended. I described a number of sub-genres and offered suggestions […] more…
Busy Working on My Seminar for the Essex Book Festival 2018

Busy Working on My Seminar for the Essex Book Festival 2018

I am currently busy working on my presentation/seminar on ‘Writing Speculative Fiction’ at the Essex Authors’ Day, Saturday 17th March at Essex Libraries, Chelmsford, part of the Essex Book Festival. The session will be an interactive presentation and discussion of Speculative Fiction. I will give an outline of the genres and sub-genres, listing examples of the main […] more…
New Novel Complete – Next Step: to Find an Agent

New Novel Complete – Next Step: to Find an Agent

My new novel, working title, ‘Another Life’, is written and I have completed two edits. The photographs show one of the key characters. The book describes a wide-ranging quest, combining folklore, legends and ancient beliefs with the protagonist’s reminiscences of his family life. It explores the borders between dreams and memories and the social and ethical questions […] more…
The Peregrine – a Classic Nature Book Set in Rural Mid-Essex

The Peregrine – a Classic Nature Book Set in Rural Mid-Essex

I’ve been aware for many years of ‘The Peregrine’, by J A Baker, as a classic of nature writing, although I have never read it. What I did not know was that it is set in the countryside around my home in Little Baddow, Essex, as described in this Guardian article from last weekend, which mentions […] more…
Essex Book Festival 2018: Essex Authors Day, Saturday 17th March

Essex Book Festival 2018: Essex Authors Day, Saturday 17th March

Essex Book Festival 2018 On Saturday 17th March I will be holding a forty-five minute seminar from 10a.m. at Chelmsford library, with the title ‘Writing Speculative Fiction’. I will also be giving an author reading and have a ‘Meet the Author’ session. More details to follow. I look forward to meeting friends and readers. more…
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