The Salisbury Short Story Prize 2019 shortlist was announced today. Story length for the competition was 500 words – quite a challenge of you are not, like me, used to writing much flash fiction. Pleased to say that I am one of the six named on the shortlist. The theme was ‘Rivers’ which was fortunate… Read More Fly fishing on the river Usk
Back to my home city of Birmingham for a short break to reacquaint myself with places I used to visit and to discover new ones. I stayed at Woodbrooke Quaker Conference Centre, Selly Oak, a favourite place with its good food, lovely people – day-to-day running by volunteer Friends, and of course, peace and quiet.… Read More City Break
‘What are you currently working on?’ – a regular question addressed to a writer. A writer must be prepared to answer the question, any time, any place. You must practise your ‘elevator pitch’ – starting with that snappy, eye-catching title which will look so good on the cover of your latest masterpeice as it stands… Read More What’s my title?
Even though I did not win the Hall & Woodhouse DLF (DorchesterLitFest) Writing Award, it was still worth the effort of travelling down to Dorset for the ceremony. The beautiful light and airy function room on the first floor of the Duchess of Cornwall Inn in Poundbury was full of supporters, judges and guests, eager… Read More A glass of fizz and a book prize
The Degree Shows are a wonderful showcase for the talent, skills and creativity of each graduating student, who have worked hard to evolve and to realise their ideas through creative practice. Anita Taylor, executive dean, Bath School of Art and Design It’s a privilege to support young artists by attending their exhibitions and buying their… Read More Best on show in Bath
An evening with Alan Johnson, The Wharf Theatre Devizes Two things I have in common with Alan Johnson: saving pocket money to buy my first guitar which came with a copy of Bert Wheedon’s Play in a Day; and working for the Royal Mail – in the capacity of a casual worker at Christmas. Not… Read More Thank you, Mister Postman