Essex Book Festival 2018: Southend Area Local Authors’ Days

Essex Book Festival 2018: Southend Area Local Authors’ Days

Essex Book Festival 2018 I am delighted to have been invited to participate in the Southend Area Local Authors’ Days (SALAD), part of the Essex Book Festival, on Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th March 2018 at The Southend Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1NS. Two days of talks, storytelling and readings by a talented group of local authors […] 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…
Lendwithcare: Help Entrepreneurs to Work Their Way out of Poverty

Lendwithcare: Help Entrepreneurs to 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 the lender. And with interest […] more…
November 2017: Autumn Turns to Winter in Little Baddow

November 2017: Autumn Turns to Winter in Little Baddow

Early on a bright late November morning I set out with my camera to photograph the turning season. The sun was low in the sky and beginning to cut through the mist and frost. Geese drifted aimlessly on the lake behind the canal, The sun was rising over the horizon, obscured by light cloud. A […] more…
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 took a table at this event, which included 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 SaveSave 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…
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