Quick Congrats

To my friend, Shika. Wow.


I had something exciting drop through my letterbox today – my copy of Tania Hershman’s The White Road and Other Stories – with nice stuff written in it just for me. Thanks Tania – can’t wait to get reading it. (Oh, and I am much more excited about reading it than the photograph might suggest. […]

Just a Thought

I sat on this earlier. It’s a bench in a war memorial not far from home. Peaceful place it is too. I spent a bit of time looking at the memorial itself. And I noticed that the back had been left blank. Now I know, I know, it hasn’t actually been left blank, and the […]

I Don’t Do Reviews

It’s true. I don’t. But I do like to mention books I’ve enjoyed, and I’ve not enjoyed anything more than Willful Creatures, by Aimee Bender in a long time. So where to start? Well, the book’s a collection of short stories, fifteen in all. And they’re fantastic and I mean, REALLY fantastic. I ordered the […]

Who Should Buy Your Books?

Phew. I think I’ve finished everything for the writing group’s two collections. Tomorrow it all goes to the printers. It has been hard work and stressful and to be honest I’m glad it’s done and over with and that I can get back, properly, to doing work for me. Glad I can get back to […]

Good Listening (Briefly)

I listened to, and really enjoyed, Aliya Whiteley’s podcast yesterday. Just thought I’d share! Actually, it’s made me think about doing my own. (Like I have the time!) I could seriously do with more hours in the day and more days in the week. And, probably, more days in the weekends too.

More Things to Read

Definitely this – Sarah Salway guest blogging over at Tania’s blog. (And keep your eyes peeled for some Sarah activity on my little blog soon too…) *** And this, R N Morris being interviewed at the Faber site.

And Then You Read Something That Makes Your Heart Sink

Like this example of BT not giving any help to, (or apparently a rat’s about) its customers who could really do with a bit of help.

Worth A Read

One of my favourite books last year was John Connolly’s ‘The Book of Lost Things.’ There’s a terrific interview with him at Scott Pack’s terrific blog today. It’s good. Have a look…

Billy Elliot

While my beloved was in London seeing her sister recently, she went to see the Billy Elliot musical. She recently bought the soundtrack. I can’t get it out of my head. Here’s a taster: