A Storyteller’s Christmas: Saturday 18th November 2017, Leigh-on-Sea

A Storyteller’s Christmas: Saturday 18th November 2017, Leigh-on-Sea

Together with 33 other local authors, I will be taking a table at this event, which includes book signings, storytelling and the opportunity to meet the authors (and some of their characters). Books for all ages and a raffle in aid of Southend Mencap more…
Lend With Care

Lend With Care

This is a really worthwhile cause. You lend money to people in (primarily) third world countries to improve their lives; they repay it in monthly instalments. So, it’s just like putting a sum aside into an account paying zero interest, which is more or less what most banks do. If you can afford to put […] more…
Philip Pullman on Writing Fantasy

Philip Pullman on Writing Fantasy

A pragmatic observation from Philip Pullman in The Sunday Times Magazine. Good advice for authors: stick to what you are comfortable with. For the full interview, refer to The Sunday Times Magazine, Sunday 15th October 2017. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave more…
Bristol at Night

Bristol at Night

Sometimes you take a photograph that turns out not quite as intended, yet offers unexpected pleasures. When I recently visited my daughter and her husband in Bristol, we went out to dinner in Clifton. It was a warm, dry evening, so we decided to walk home, following a route that went down Constitution Hill. I […] more…
The Invisible College Trilogy: Two Years on…

The Invisible College Trilogy: Two Years on…

This was indeed a proud moment when, two years ago, I received my five author’s copies of They Do Things Differently Here, book 1 of The Invisible College Trilogy. Over the past two years I have enjoyed many new experiences, including three appearances on BBC Essex Tony FisherLive, three more on Sarah Banham‘s Writer’s Block […] more…
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…
Invisible College Gin Now Available!

Invisible College Gin Now Available!

How cool is this? A bespoke bottle of gin, distilled by Adnams to include my preferred botanicals and named after my YA trilogy! So how did this come to be produced? My daughter Emily, proprietor of the respected and popular Bristol Bites food blog, entered a competition to create your own gin…and she was the […] more…
August 2017: The Beginning of Autumn

August 2017: The Beginning of Autumn

I’m sure that autumn arrives a month earlier than it used to. On my early morning walk today, the first of August, there were definite signs. I was pleased that my secret supply of wild raspberries was not completely exhausted. These are hidden in a remote part of the local woods that not many know […] more…
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