No, not the Clooney Wedding!

Wall to wall coverage of Venice as a result of George Clooney’s wedding probably means everyone is sick of hearing about the place, but I want to record my own little bit of Venice from last week. This was my eighth visit to Venice! This time we had a small... read more

The End of Summer

Summer is having a last flurry at the moment with warm days and blue skies. But there’s the unmistakeable scent of autumn waiting round the corner. Children in oversized uniforms have gone back to school. Darkness looms earlier and earlier each evening. And the mornings are misty and cool. I... read more

The rustling of excitement

I often whinge on this blog about my struggles with writing. That seems to have happened a lot recently with my current novel, failure to write and generally existing in a world of ‘stuckness’. So, I think it’s only right to relieve the negativity by highlighting a rustling in the... read more

Independent Booksellers Week

This week has been designated Independent Booksellers Week. I love bookshops. I love everything about books – the smell, the touch, the covers, turning the pages, apart from the amazing words and worlds to be found inside. I have to make myself stay away from bookshops because I find it... read more

A Literary Bonanza

I’ve had a fit of writing gloom recently, so it was nice last weekend to have an abundance of literary stuff to enjoy. Friday evening kicked off with the launch of the fourth Worcestershire LitFest. It took place in the grand surroundings of the assembly rooms at the Guild Hall... read more

Blog Tour – Day 10

It’s the tenth day of my blog tour, and I’m posting this days after I intended to! So, why is it so late? I’ve been so busy lately that I sort of gave up on things last week. I say gave up, but I was negotiating the three winners for... read more

Blog Tour – Day 9

The ninth – and penultimate day – of my blog tour. I’m coming to the end of my blog tour. There’s today’s stop, one more later in June, as the person had to postpone it, and tomorrow. I’m really happy with today’s review, especially the final paragraph! I’m over at... read more

Blog Tour – Day 3

Day three of my blog tour! This is another guest post about some aspect of ‘The Piano Player’s Son’. It was difficult to choose what to write about, as I also have an interview on the same site in a couple of days and didn’t want to recover similar territory.... read more

My Blog Tour – Day One

Today is the first day of my 10-day blog tour. My virtual bags are packed and my imaginary tickets are tucked away in my wallet (courtesy of SilverWood Books who have arranged the tour for me). And I’ve got the mixed feelings of anticipation and trepidation that any journey into... read more

Readers’ Afternoon at Dudley Archive Centre

Poor blog is feeling neglected at the moment! Two weeks of blog silence but lots of activity elsewhere! I had a few days in beautiful Derbyshire, staying in the most idyllic place with a wonderful sense of tranquillity. The place we stayed is a steep climb up from the village... read more