Galungan and Kuningan Celebrations, Bali 2018

Galungan and Kuningan Celebrations, Bali 2018

I was pleased to return to Bali again in June/July, especially as my trip coincided with Galungan. Galungan marks the beginning of the one of the most important recurring religious festivals in Bali. It celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma. It is a time when spirits of relatives who have died and been cremated return to Earth […] more…
SALAD: Southend Area Local Authors’ Day Saturday 7th July 2018

SALAD: Southend Area Local Authors’ Day Saturday 7th July 2018

Along with many other local authors, I will be participating in the 2018 Southend Area Local Authors’ Day (SALAD), part of the Southend Festival 2018 Literary Events. This is an ideal opportunity to meet local authors, share stories and experiences of their writing and yours, and to buy their books. Participating authors from a number of […] 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…
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