Travellers – Writing to my MP

I don’t often write to my MP, and I go public even less often. This petition needed a proper response.             So this is mine.         If Paul Scully is your MP … Continue reading

Craftwork – Two Masks

A few weeks ago I ran my first leather craft workshop with the aim to teach some friends how to make scabbards for the bronze swords we made earlier in the year. It went pretty well, except I’d under-estimated the … Continue reading

Review – The Honours, by Tim Clare

This is a bold, brave and brilliant book, just like its hero, thirteen years old Delphine Venner. It’s 1935 and troubled Delphine, recently expelled from school, goes to the isolated Alderberen estate with her mother and equally troubled father. An … Continue reading

A Song for 2016

Oh, the world is full of anger, That ain’t nothing new. It’s why I cold-brew coffee, To get a smoother brew! Those islands of cool reason Feel far between and few. That’s why I learned to swim; Trusting neither boat … Continue reading

The Egg Timer of Science Fiction

That egg timer in the picture has some history.  I am its new keeper. I’ve been to the Milford SF conference three times now. Every time was different, every time I  learned new things about being a better writer. Every … Continue reading

Redensive Epiphanies – A New Anthology

I’m happy and proud to announce the birth of my second* publication/editing project – The Redensive Epiphanies of Pouty McNavel. Epiphanies is an archetypal slim volume. It’s not made of genre, but it’s spiced and seasoned by it. One story … Continue reading

Leatherwork – A Scabbard

  I used to make a lot of leather costume, armour and accessories, mainly for LARP, including my ‘famous’ toblerone™ scabbard. That was a few years back and I needed to knock the rough edges off my neglected skills. I’ve … Continue reading

Unintended Consequences of Brexit

I’ve thought at length about this post for days. I don’t want to take advantage of anyone’s grief. Not writing until after Thursday’s vote would be too late, writing nothing at all feels like an act of cowardice. I don’t … Continue reading

A Long Time Ago, in an Office Far Away

Well, not that far actually. I think it was Uxbridge. I recently posted on Facebook about my dislike of biros – not in an existential way, I just don’t like writing with them. They are scratchy harsh things and I’d … Continue reading

Casting a Bronze-age Sword

This is what we did at the weekend! It was hard work but immensely satisfying. We traveled to the Bronze-Age Foundry in Wales, run by the amazingly talented David Chapman, sculptor, artists and bronze worker. We used recycled copper from … Continue reading