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  • Leominster Bookfair
    on May 30, 2016
    The Bookfair in Leominster's Grange Court today went pretty well, really. Sort of. The Bookfair itself, up in the John Abel room, was good - a great opportunity to meet and chat with readers browsing our stalls and with fellow writers. It is definite...
  • Solomon's Magpie
    on May 1, 2016
    Book titles and covers, I reckon, are two of the most difficult bits of the writing process. At last, though, I have mine finished in time for my spot at the Leominster Festival next month when I'll be doing a pre-launch feature at the writers' bash...
  • Tales and more tales
    on Mar 12, 2016
    A long time ago I posted the following on this blog about a story which I had come across whilst mousing around the cybers: An old radio ham was lying in his death bed upstairs. His favourite food was chocolate chip cookies and as he lay there, gaspi...
  • Squaddies getting away with a weekend's unofficial leave
    on Feb 27, 2016
    I would love to know if anyone out there has come across this story, or one like it. It goes something like this: It is wartime and lots of soldiers are always on the move and frequently seen at major railway stations. There are always some who, bein...
  • A Good Turn...
    on Feb 18, 2016
    As you drive into Cardiff along the A48M, a short distance beyond the end of motorway regulations and the change to A48, there is a church on the right. A quite ancient church, actually – St Edeyrn's. What you will almost certainly not notice as yo...
  • Venturing into Youtube
    on Jan 17, 2016
    Well, here goes - my first attempt to make and upload a video to Youtube. My intention is that this should be the first of a short series of readings from my new novel leading up to the summer when I plan to publish it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
  • Looking for a title
    on Dec 20, 2015
    As I come to the last long push towards finishing my novel, I need to be thinking about a suitable title. Well, I've been doing that all along and it has gone through lots of changes in that time. It started out as Whitaker's Basin which will remain...
  • Getting ready to start my second draft
    on Nov 18, 2015
    Some folk hang around in the background and are very easily overlooked. They are not as exciting as the people in the foreground, at the centre of all the action. But then you look a little closer and realise that the nobody in the shadows actually h...
  • Remembrance
    on Nov 7, 2015
    I'm re-posting this from last year:As come to Remembrance Sunday I am reminded of the first Remembrance service which I conducted after being ordained. I was a recent arrival in a small town in the northeast of England, the new minister of the larges...
  • Blain's Moss
    on Aug 19, 2015
    Each time we visit Delamere Forest I make a point of taking some photographs of one or two of the ancient meres and mosses which are currently coming back to life as part of the exciting restoration project which has been going on for a few years now...
  • Hard at work this week...
    on Jun 27, 2015
    Writing always involves essential research. So, earlier this week Margaret and I took ourselves off for a couple of days for a trip along the Kennet and Avon Canal. This is Freddie, the boathorse, towing the barge at a leisurely pace along the waterw...
  • Always have your camera to hand...
    on Jun 19, 2015
    ...even when just sitting at your desk working. I looked up this afternoon and this character landed on my neighbour's chimney stack. A quick grab and shoot with no time to properly compose the shot or steady my hand, yielded this with a bit of help...
  • A photo to mark 2 centuries since Waterloo
    on Jun 16, 2015
    It's 2 centuries now since the Battle of Waterloo which brought the Napoleonic wars to an end and I thought I should do an appropriate blog post to mark the occasion. So here's a photograph of Linmere in Delamere Forest – can you spot the link?Some...
  • A working break
    on Jan 22, 2015
    I posted this photograph a couple of years ago as I was starting work on my current novel. It’s Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden and its relevance to my novel is that it is the place which I visualise as Radcliffe Court, the theological college i...
  • Leaving Gilead reviewed
    on Nov 20, 2014
    I just came across this lovely review of Leaving Gilead on Amazon.com from littlegirlietaylor:"This was a wonderful read, I adored it and,I am quite sure anyone who reads it will feel the same. Sad and heartbreaking at times and then happy and wond...
  • Remembrance
    on Oct 28, 2014
    As we approach Remembrance Sunday next month I am reminded of the first Remembrance service which I conducted after being ordained. I was a recent arrival in a northern town, the new minister of the largest of the “free” churches and soon after t...
  • Rather more than just a boat trip
    on Oct 1, 2014
    Half a century ago when my friend, David Bowker, and I were yet-to-be-enlightened enthusiastic Jehovah's Witnesses, we began our time as “pioneers” - full-time knockers on doors – in Salford's Docklands area. It was a grim place then with row u...
  • "Without my imagination...
    on Aug 27, 2014
    I’m not usually a fan of coach trips,preferring to plan my routes individually according to my own inclinations. Last week had to be exceptional, though. We were in Iceland, so what better introduction to that amazing country could we have than wit...
  • Henry
    on Aug 2, 2014
    This is Henry, our dear old greyhound who died this week: When he came to us about seven years ago he had never lived in a family home and it took him while to get used to it. Bertie, our bearded collie who was still missing his sister, adopted him...
  • Back it up!
    on Jun 27, 2014
    I've been working on the part of my novel where Solomon Whitaker begins the laborious process of learning to write. He is determined to master the art because he has an important story to tell which must not be lost to later generations.So I was quit...
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