For the past fifteen years I have travelled around the UK giving lectures and talks to schools and different societies, the most recent to an audience via Zoom, entitled Fings Aint T’what They Used T’be. The title comes from the 1960s musical by Lionel Bart and Anthony Newley, and refers to my book, Age and … Continue reading Fings Aint T’what They Used T’be
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A nightmare scenario Life for authors is all about two things: books and opportunities. I feel sure if a psychiatrist was able to peer inside our heads, they would find its various sections teetering lopsidedly in favour of creativity - in other words the creation of pictures solely by using certain words and placing them … Continue reading A Nightmare scenario!
Better known as an author of YA thrillers and children’s books, it was a surprise to find myself writing ‘Broken’ which is primarily for adults. I had just completed the time-slip novel, ‘Time Breaking,’ which I admit has proved such a popular read. An instant success, which took me to many book-signing events at Waterstones, … Continue reading Why I wrote Broken.
Why do people write books? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself for years. On the face of it, tying yourself to a desk for months and months is crazy, especially when our world offers a never-ending cornucopia of delights. Is it the story that gets lodged in your brain and refuses to disappear like … Continue reading Criticism – it’s an art form
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘Seizing the Bygone Light: PoArtMo Collective started as FPoint Collective, a group of photographers. When we recently relaunched, we decided that it was time to welcome a larger diversity of artists. Our passion for photography is still there, though. And while some of us are professional digital photographers, we are all … Continue reading My Blog today is from ‘Seizing The Bygone Light’ Tour: A Tribute to early photography
"My goodness, what a difference a few weeks make. Stepping into the world of blog tours is like bungee jumping when you don’t know the first name of the instructor and only met him two seconds before – definitely a dive into perilous waters." My guest, Ellie Raine, is a young novelist who is currently … Continue reading Stopping by my blog today is author Ellie Raine!
Waterstones Yeovil One of the benefits to growing old is an ability to glance back over one's shoulder at a huge span of time to which is added a certain amount of gloss as if a duster and spray polish have been used. Nevertheless in terms of literature whereas the early nineties mostly belonged to … Continue reading The Golden Age of Reading
I decided to give up the gym today. After all when you go up and downstairs as many times in a day as I do, you don’t need an expensive running machine. All you need is a bad memory or a shortage of spectacles. NO, THAT IS NOT A TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR, I really did say … Continue reading Big on Exercise – Age and the Antique Sideboard 2017
How many of us remember our school days, when we dipped our toes into the fascinating world of Greek and Roman myths – and then promptly forgot them whenwe donned our high-heels and stepped out into the real world? Leda and the Swan I certainly had until I visited Holland again in 2010. I first … Continue reading The making of a legend:
'It's no good all this pretence. There comes a time when telling oneself that maybe other people get old but it's not going to happen to you and that it is pure coincidence that policeman are getting younger only because they are recruiting more, no longer convinces. Unfortunaely for me ... that day has come. … Continue reading Confirmation – I must look old.