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My Year in Writing 2020 (what a year!)

I’ve been doing a blog post on my year in writing on and off since 2014.…

Top Tips for Writers

I’ve been writing stories since the age of seven, but I’ve only been studying the craft…

Do you believe in Ghosts? A Halloween post

Do you believe in ghosts? We’re well into spooky season now and I was asked the…

My Publishing Journey – How I became an Indie Author

I was asked recently about which publishing route I took and why. So here’s a potted…

A Poetry Playlist on National Poetry Day

OK, so technically National Poetry Day was yesterday and I missed doing this Poetry Playlist post…

Secret of the Tirthas: a reading from The Unknown Realms

Today I’m reading a short excerpt from The Unknown Realms, the last book in my mystery…

Negative Capability: Living with Uncertainty

I was amazed when I heard ‘Negative Capability’ used in a meeting the other day. People…

Book Sale – The Secret of the Tirthas and more!

Today I’m announcing a special book sale offer for anyone who wants a paperback copy of…

Kindle sale of all titles including The Secret of the Tirthas

Just a quick post to let you know that, as many people are falling back on…

All: poetry inspiration for lockdown

Into our seventh week of lockdown and I’m hoping to pass on some inspiration – so…

The Man who was Saved: A Poem for Lockdown

This poem from my first book Up in the Air was written a few years ago.…

Sorted: a poem for World Poetry Day 2020

I’m posting this poem from The Things We Thought Were Beautiful for World Poetry Day not…

For the First Time – Poems on Video

Here’s a video of me reading “For the First Time”, a poem about finding love. It…

The Things We Thought Were Beautiful poetry out now!

I’m excited to announce that The Things We Thought Were Beautiful is out now on Amazon!…

The Things We Thought Were Beautiful – proof

Just a quick post to say the paperback proof of The Things We Thought Were Beautiful…

Another World: The Things We Thought Were Beautiful

I’m currently working on the final draft of my second poetry book, “The Things We Thought…

New poem: All

This is All, a new poem from my forthcoming poetry book, The Things We Thought Were…

The Boy in the Burgundy Hood – a reading

On a wintry evening, here’s a short reading from my ghost story, The Boy in the…

Five Favourite: Poems

This is the last of my Five Favourites series, based on the categories of books I’ve…

Five Favourite: books for young adults

My Five Favourite series is focused around the three categories in which I now have books…

Five Favourite: Creepy Stories

It’s getting to the time when I normally post about my favourite books of the year.…

Up in the Air – Poems on Video: Muse

The latest reading from my poetry book, Up in the Air. This is from the Love…

The Boy in the Burgundy Hood – launch week!

Wow, what a week! The launch of The Boy in the Burgundy Hood has exceeded my…

OUT NOW! The Boy in the Burgundy Hood

I’m excited to announce that The Boy in the Burgundy Hood is out today! This is…

The Boy in the Burgundy Hood – Cover

Here’s the cover for my forthcoming ghost story, The Boy in the Burgundy Hood – what…