So it’s here, is 2015. Hello there! And it already feels a little different to last year, which is probably a good thing. For starters, it started, for me somewhere other than where I live. I took a holiday of sorts – my first in years – and it was wonderful and I feel so much better for it. I think it’s easy to get into a rut when you do what I do for a living (I’m guessing most self-employed people will share this) and breaking that rut, putting work to one side for a little while in favour of other important things, is important. So I did and I’m glad I did. I wandered and I ate great food and helped to cook. I read to people and I listened to other people read, I watched fireworks over a city skyline, watched films, and found happiness and it was good.

And now I’m back at my desk, and I’m missing that but feeling positive, and still happy, and feeling like this year could be a good one if I get the balance right. I’ve come back to a couple of new stories that need working on too, which is good. I’m working on those now.

Wishing everyone here all the best over the coming months. Let’s do good good stuff.

Happy New Year

Just a quick post (I’m not really at my desk at the moment, I’m taking a couple of days for me) to wish everyone a very happy new year.

And a huge thanks to everyone who’s read this little blog this year, who’s visited, who’s read or bought or lent or recommended my books, who’s supported me, published me, who’s been on my course, put up with me teaching, mentoring, sat through a workshop, or who’s just been a friend, old or new. Thank you, it means a lot.

Hoping the next year brings you at least a massive chunk of what you want.

Much love. Now, go! Have fun. Smile. Be happy. Look forward to something.

Hot Off The Press

So, on Tuesday I spent an hour with the children I’ve been working with over the past couple of months who’ve been coming along to my junior writing group. And it was fun, and it was a bit special, because that’s when they received their actual books. They’ve been writing and illustrating their stories brilliantly, and once they were done, thanks to the fab Bookimbo, I was able to turn them into actual little paperbacks. And they looked brilliant. The children read from them, people who had nothing to do with the group listened and it was fab. I’ll be running the same course starting mid January, so if anyone’s interested then do give me a shout.

A big thanks to all who came. It’s been an awful lot of fun and I’m seriously proud of what everyone’s achieved. Great work, folks!

And here are some pictures…The Booksgroup1 group2 junior1 junior2 junior3 junior4 junior5

Christmas Offer

So, as it’s almost that time of year again I thought I’d mention that all of my books can be ordered as presents. Only £10 each, signed and with a personal dedication with postage Cover 180x180-2OBBY DVDincluded. Let me know (you can use the form here) if you’d like any.

And while I’m talking of special offers, my online short fiction course is still only £89.NSPcovercropped

Paper Talk

One of my lovely neighbours caught me in the entrance hall yesterday to tell me I’d been mentioned in the local paper. The article’s not really about me at all of course, it’s about Jenny Martin, a writer I’ve taught for a little while now. More importantly it’s about her brilliant collection of war poems, Aftermath (click here to buy) with a foreword by the magic Dame Vera Lynn. And here’s the article. Apologies for the poor quality.


Teaching And Stuff

Yesterday was the last session of the children’s writing course I’ve been running. Six children, eight weeks, lots of fun and lots of hard work and, at the end, six brilliant stories that I’m now going to be turning into six little books. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, mostly I think, because I had a great bunch. There’s a chance I’ll be putting them up online so, if you’re interested, watch this space.

And I’ll be doing it all again, starting January 20th, half past four until five. If anyone’s interested then give either me a shout, or get in touch with Bollington library.


There are also a few spaces free for my online short fiction course. And, because I’m a generous kind of chap, from now until the end of December, it’ll only cost you £89. Give me a shout if you’re interested.

And don’t forget, I’m still here to edit short stories from £20. Let me know if you need any help.


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