Unfashionable Brits

A Shared Interest A couple of days ago my eighteen year-old son was pleased to see the latest edition of ‘History of War’ land on the doormat as, like me, he …

Chapter One … In Pictures

My Own Wardrobe It had been several years since I’d visited nearby landmark Thornton Abbey by the time I sat down to write ‘The Door to Caellfyon’. And what is the significance …

A Pleasing Prospect

Book Review: ‘The Prospect of This City’ Further Education I first met author Eamon Griffin when I began a Novel Writing course at Grimsby College. Eamon was the creative writing …

Owning (and Blowing) a Trumpet

A Cunning Plan The sublimely brilliant ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ TV series included one particular episode that recent events have brought to mind. In the episode, entitled ‘Captain Cook’, Captain Blackadder …

A Hand on the Shoulder

  The title here is taken from an article by Joe Lansdale in Mort Castle’s ‘Writing Horror – A Handbook by the Horror Writers’ Association’, in which he explores the …

What IS In a name?

–by: site of a Scandinavian farmstead On my return home while walking our border terrier, Freyja, I passed the road sign announcing entry to my home village of Ulceby. As …

From Little Acorns …

Seeds of a Story In an earlier post I promised to reveal those authors who have given me considerable reading pleasure and, in turn, may have influenced my writing preferences. The …

The Door to Caellfyon

‘Is there anything that’s puzzled you? Something you’ve never been able to find an answer for?’ This simple question prompts insecure teenager Levi Hardy to step through a curious door …