I had a great weekend, the highlight of which, was on Saturday night. We (me and my girlie) went out with a couple of friends and drank beer. Later we stumbled across an outdoor concert, given by a fabulous jazz band from New Orleans. Bollington should consider itself extremely lucky to have been visited by Trombone Shorty and his band. They were quite simply wonderful and Trombone Shorty himself is one of the most talented musicians I have ever heard. Ever.

Here’s his Myspace, and here’s his website.

And today, my girlie starts her PGCE. Good luck, Lizzie!

On a sadder note, I was upset to learn of the death of famed Croc Hunter and Naturalist, Steve Irwin. Very sad news.


I noticed after having a nosy at Roger’s Plog, that Waterstone’s have a website. I’d say it was definitely worth a look.

Thanks, Rog.


Well! Hasn’t that come around quick? This year has absolutely flown by!

So it’s September, and you know what that means? It means that my book is published this month. That’s quite an exciting feeling. It also means that I’m about six weeks away from the beginning of my book tour (details and dates to follow). As I said, it’s all come around very quickly indeed.

September also means that my beautiful, wonderful, darling, girlfriend starts her PGCE. I’d like to wish her the very best of luck with it.

Here’s to a good month for everyone.

Oooooooh gorgeous!

Click here for pictures of some of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Some of these pictures are absolutely stunning. Wow.

National Novel Writing Month

I’ve just been reminded that it’s National Novel Writing Month in November. Click here for details (if you’re brave enough and have unbelievable literary stamina and commitment).

Best of luck to everyone who takes part. Power to your writing fingers!

New Old Language

I have been doing some research into Anglo-Saxons, as part of a story I’m working on is going to be set there. Part of my research was to do with dialect and language at the time. The furthest I’ve gone back is Chaucer so I really had no idea what Saxon ‘English’ would look or sound like.

One of the lovely staff members at my library, Liz, is a bit of an expert on this sort of thing, and gave me some verse from the time. I think it’s fascinating so I thought I’d post a bit here.

Here’s how it begins:

The Battle of Brunanburh

Her æþelstan cyning, eorla dryhten, beorna beahgifa, and his broþor eac, Eadmund æþeling, ealdorlangne tir geslogon æt sæcce sweorda ecgum ymbe Brunanburh.

Which means:

In this year King Aethelstan, Lord of warriors,ring-giver to men, and his brother also,Prince Eadmund, won eternal glory in battle with sword edges around Brunanburh.


Sticking with the Anglo-Saxon theme, I thought I should mention that the poem Beowulf, is currently being made into a film. The fantastic Neil Gaiman has had a hand in writing it, and the cast list looks pretty good too.

Here are a couple of links:



A Successful Bank Holiday

I had a lovely and successful bank holiday. I did, as I had promised myself, make full use of it. On Saturday I cleaned my office so it went from this to this.

And what else did I do? Well I went for a nice walk through the fields and I played squash. And on Monday I went to Manchester Museum. And all this with my girlie. The museum I particularly enjoyed. If anyone’s in the area I’d highly recommend a visit. They’ve got everything – some great fossils (including a T-rex skeleton), a fab Ancient Egyptian bit and some wonderful Native American Indian (my favourite) stuff. I could have stayed there all day. Great day.

I realised last night that it’s less than a month before my book is published, which is exciting to say the least.

And I’ve only worn a suit once this week.


It occured to me that last week, as a result of attending meetings, tutoring etc. etc. I spent four days in a suit (not four whole days; I did take it off to go bed). Now I know that’s not anything exceptional in itself, I used to wear a suit for five or six days a week when I worked in my previous job, but it is a little different for me now, and reminds me that I have been that busy and it was okay to feel so bloody knackered at the end of the week.

I know next week’s only a short one (because, yes I am going to take advantage of the extra day’s holiday on offer for once), but I’m very much looking forward to getting back into the, relatively uninterrupted, writing swing of things. Very much.

So there it is. Me in my suit on Friday (not looking as jaded as I felt) in front of a display the library have put up of some work the children attending one of my workshops did. I’ll put some photos of the work they did (which was really impressive) up here when I’ve had chance to sort through them. Photo courtesy of Alison.


And here’s another. A great writer and ‘Neo-Mythologist.’

And another (link and great writer, I mean!). http://www.annebrooke.com/

Go on then, one more: http://www.emmadarwin.com/

Some more links

Here are a couple of interesting links to the blogs of some interesting people. I’ll whack ’em up here for the time being, simply because I’ve not yet worked out how to put them in the Links section.

Roger’s Plog.


As an aside, you can buy Roger’s book, Taking Comfort, by clicking here. It really is very, very good.