High wire radio act …

In September 2018 after a phone chat / interview I had an on-air “trial” with…

Barcelona to Almería – travelling to Spain with a dog, part 8

The two of us and Piper the chihuahua arrive in Dieppe to travel to Paris via…

Paris to Barcelona – travelling to Spain with a dog: part 7

The two of us and Piper the chihuahua arrive in Dieppe to travel to Paris via…

Dieppe to Paris – travelling to Spain with a dog, part 6

All about how we nearly got away with incarcerating our pet in a ship's hold…

The Rolling Stones at Old Trafford

I went to see the Rolling Stones in Manchester. It was, really... amazing. No…

Newhaven to Dieppe – travelling to Spain with a dog, part 5

Read about our journey from Newhaven, Sussex, across the English Channel to…

Dieppe to Paris – travelling to Spain with a dog, part 6

The two of us and Piper the chihuahua arrive in Dieppe to travel to Paris via…

Borrow Box

If your library closed in the recent council budget cuts you can still borrow…

Book review: “Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint’s Trunk”

Read my appreciation of Christina Hardyment's "Captain Flint's Trunk" on…

Writers’ podcast

Here's a podcast I made for a local writing group one night. Er... watch the…

Self portrait

On a hot day in the garden I used my iPad as a mirror and sketched a self…

Preparations – travelling to Spain with a dog: part 3

All about how I planned to take my Chihuahua dog abroad to escape another dull…

The fly In the Ointment – travelling to Spain with a dog, part 2

In the middle of yearning to get away from the UK for the winter I only went…

Winter blues – travelling to Spain with a dog, part 1

I’ve become more unhappy with the effect of the UK winter on my state of mind…

Sketching the lake

Here’s today’s sketch, made on another grey, cold day. I climbed over a fence…

Sketching the bay

Well the drawing lessons have been running for a few weeks now and I’ve been…

“Drawing for beginners”

I've started attending a "Drawing for Beginners" evening class at a local…

The Empuhuh

RoryStoryCubes helped me write this piece of flash fiction about a dog, a…

Sketches of Spain

I had some drawing lessons with a local artist. Then I went to Spain and spent…

Round robin anyone?

Some time ago I took part in writing a 'round robin' ...

Gardenias again

Based on the prompt ‘Gardenias again’, I wrote this piece of flash fiction…

Interruptions

Steve got a writing toolkit for Christmas, and last night we each took one of…

Our day at Kelvingrove Art Gallery

I visited Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and made a video. It's…

The wheels on the bus …

Writers & Artists Yearbook asked on Facebook "Writing exercise time: write a…

About 35°C in the shade

'Opening the wardrobe door' was a recent writing prompt I was given. Quick as a…

6 word story anyone?

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's famous iconic 6 word story, I had a few…

Murder. No mystery.

The runes were cast and these are what the gods came back with - a black cat, a…

About me

Reading and writing have always been easier for me than 'rithmetic, so that's…

For Your Pleasure

Listen to my poem, "For Your Pleasure", written following an exhibition by Vik…

Photo prompt kills!

The little man had sharp blue eyes similar to those of a mynah bird we once had…

Two poems …

I wrote a couple of poems . The first is my take on an 'echo' poem. The…

Tommy’s tale

“Tell them Tommy. It might help.” she said. Her partner, who was probably in…

The City

I threw some Rory Story Cubes and the images revealed let me imagine a City ...

Is there life?

More photographic prompts this week er… “prompted” me to combine 2 snaps into a…

bots

"I know what you mean" St John squeaked. "I mean, where are the women? We came…

Blue

The writing prompt was to write about your favourite colour. Guess what mine…

Cento

From the Latin word for “patchwork," the cento (or collage poem) is a poetic…

Oscar

Here’s a poem abut one of my cats…

Oscar, Ella and Ringo

Our cat lost us, so I wrote about the trauma. i guess it helped me.

Calvin and Hobbes

Recently, after making a donation, my wife brought home a book of comic strips…

Streets of fire

A picture of a boy and a miner freshly out of the mine inspired me to write…

The Elephant of Doom

This is a piece of hokum, inspired by Rudyard Kipling's characters in "The…

The Morning After the Night Before

You know the one where someone shows you a work of art or even just an everyday…

Dialogue

I was asked to write something entirely in dialogue. I'm not the greatest…

Horror flash

I wrote this piece when my friend Lauren brought in another yet another great…

Writer’s Block

Anyway I was tellin' you about this geezer. Supposed to have done a lot he has.…

Just like Conan Doyle?

Don't deny you always wanted to write like Conan Doyle? Me too. So I gave it a…

Adolphus and Me

What if a fascist group rose to prominence in the United States, sometime round…

Haiku

A haiku is a 3-line poem with 17 syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count.…

Bonnie and Clyde

I wrote this when I got a homework request for something biographical in a…

En Ronda

This poem was inspired by a photograph of a building awning I saw in September…

Ash crisis? What ash crisis?

When the airline says its safe to fly again, sadly it looks like our holiday is…

On Holiday in the Shadow of the Volcano

When the volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in Iceland in 2010 it caused enormous…

Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall

Drawn by the first-ever lighting of the 70-mile monument from end to end,…

The Dean of Gibraltar

Here's an extract from a long standing project I've got on, writing a series of…

An Introduction to Gibraltar

I worked in Gibraltar for 6 months a few years ago. For me it was an amazing…

In The Machine

...as he pressed the On button, there was a loud report, the TV screen…

Those Were the Days

In 2009 some old friends and I made a nostalgic return to some old pub haunts.…

How Honey Got Happy

As soon as Honey Dale woke up, Steve Taylor’s face swam into view. It was a…

Perfect Day

As part of an exercise in characterisation, the men in my class were asked to…

Francisco y Cayetano Rivera Ordonez

I read and enjoyed for a second time, "Death and the Sun, a Matador’s Season…

I’m back…

Some of my friends in Gibraltar noticed the site was down. I’m happy to report…

Spoon

Here's a 'concrete poem' I wrote. Concrete, pattern, or shape poetry is ……

Joosy

Chris opened the driver’s door of the 1990 Focus and Joosy ran forward and was…

Hand in hand with the great Stephen King?

Recently in my creative writing class we carried out an exercise, adding to the…

The Rock

I think this was one of the first pieces of ‘flash fiction’, for want of a…

Sonnet

This poem was inspired by watching tv adverts showing shiny, happy people…