This is where it all began…?

The latest ideas that the appearance of the dog star, Sirius, for the first time in their history inspired the temple builders of 11,000 years old Gobekli Tepe, the world’s oldest known temple, are fascinating. It’s a site I’d love … Continue reading

Friday Flash – She Likes Shoes

She Likes Shoes She likes them a lot. Clip-clat; the sound, the shape, the different ways you walk. The aroma, the textures of shoes.  She likes shoes much more than feet – her own, yours, mine. Much more than Cara’s … Continue reading

Honest blurbs – the what and the how.

When I was a young reader I soon learned to trust – or not trust – the reviews on the back of books. My default weekly selection at the local library was one anthology, one book with a bright yellow … Continue reading

Kraken Rises at Bristol Festival of Literature

Running over 9 days, featuring over 50 authors, the Bristol Festival of Literature runs 19-27 October at various locations city-wide in Bristol This year I’m one of the six writers involved in the Kraken Rises! event on the 19th October. … Continue reading

Friday Flash – A Second Chance

Number nine in the ‘Beyond the Streets’ sequence. The audio version is available here. A Second Chance If she had one regret it was that she had never experienced conversion. Not wanting to know, not needing, just curious to understand … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Mission Creep

Mission Creep Frozen with shock Grant stared at the new prisoner – it was Skorzaney. Frightened and confused, Grant returned to his cell. Head in hands, he sat on his bunk and tried to think calmly. Skorzaney would only be … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Nu Orleans

Nu-Orleans It’s like, it’s this place, OK? And it’s really cool. And I’ve been thinking about it and I reckon I might go there, you know? I mean, one day I will go there. I will, really. In fact if … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Oval Office

Oval Office He studied the table. White linen, silver cutlery, a wine glass for him. A single red rose. Tonight was going to be something special. This was where things happened. This was where the shit went down. Classical music, … Continue reading

Not quite Friday Flash

Having decided to make audio versions of the flash pieces after I’d started the latest sequence I’ve been in catch-up mode. This means there is no new flash fiction from me this week, but I do have an audio narration … Continue reading

Jack Vance – Farewell

Jack Vance, one of the all-time great storytellers and literary stylists of genre fiction passed away on 26th March, 2013, aged 96. I love his story-telling, his exuberant and unique writing style. I’ve written a brief appreciation over at the … Continue reading