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Storm Doris

I lay in bed this morning and listened to Storm Doris battering the house (and that was before the winds reached their full force) and thought about my own Storm Doris – or perhaps I should think about a new name rather than jumping on poor old Doris’s back! I... read more

Christmas 2016

Happy Christmas! May Christmas 2016 be happy, peaceful and kind to you. Whether you are spending it alone, with a couple of close friends or family, or a big nosy group, I hope there will be moments of joy. If we can shed our usual sceptism for a dose of... read more

Happy Birthday ‘The Broken Road’!

How could I have forgotten? ‘The Broken Road’ was launched in December 2015. Happy first birthday to my third novel! The last half of 2015 included a frenetic amount of activity – writing and rewriting, polishing the final draft, finalising the front cover, organising the launch, and dealing with pre-publication... read more

The End of the Beginning

I’ve finished my first cycle of treatment, and today I’m starting on the second, so I thought I’d try to write something before the fog descends again! The first cycle proved quite a challenge in terms of side effects. There were a number of nasty, personal things – which you... read more

Thank you!

I wanted to say thank you for your support. The comments on here, and the messages from people sent separately, are lovely, and certainly help lift my spirits. It gives me a warm feeling to know people are thinking of me and wishing me well. By coincidence, I came across... read more

September

Outside the leaves on the trees constricted slightly; they were the deep done green of the beginning of autumn. It was a Sunday in September. There would only be four. The clouds were high and the swallows would be here for another month or so before they left for the... read more

Are you still a writer if you’re not writing?

I was going to write a post about not writing, and not really having written any thing much this year when I discovered this post from August 2010: ‘In July I spent two weeks in the Algarve. Wonderful! Blue, blue sky, hot sunshine day after day (bliss after the dismal... read more

Evesham Festival of Words Days 2 and 3

Better late than never! I had intended to post this last week, but events intervened. The festival is not as fresh in my memory now, so I hope I can convey what a brilliant two days they were, and this will only cover the events I was involved with. Others,... read more

Evesham Festival of Words – Day One

So, the Evesham Festival of Words, which I’ve mentioned on the blog before, came and went in a three-day blur of wonderful events, and brief pauses for sleep and sustenance! I think I can definitely say it was a triumph. This is my story of the weekend, or at least... read more

Literary events

I know you’re supposed to have a provocative question as the title of your blog post in order to get more people to view the post, but at the moment I’m all out of provocative questions. (Think perhaps we’ve all had enough of those over the last week to keep... read more