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…
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…
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