I've got merch! And a plan...
Sunday, 15 September 2019
Welcome to my new supporters who reported to the Regimental HQ this weekend! September has kicked into life with some new opportunities to get the word out. I spent a very pleasant afternoon at The Treehouse Bookshop in Kenilworth, with my merch (yes, I know the lingo now) set up (pictures below) and an even more pleasant time having a long chat with a couple of ladies, one of whom pledged for the…
Open Mic shenanigans
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
You are all beautiful people. Whenever I feel a bit despondent, I think of the 135 people who have faith in this project. We'll get there, by hook or by crook! (Well, hopefully not by crooked means but you know what I mean).
In Kenilworth where I live, we have two totally wonderful bookshops: Kenilworth Books and The Treehouse Bookshop. Both have been fantastically supportive of me and of the book…
Down the Rabbit Hole
Friday, 30 August 2019
I fell down a rabbit hole today. Fellow Unbound author posted a link on social media to a TED Talk by the musician Amanda Palmer (more on that some other time maybe), which led to a bit of a click chain. I watched a number of TED talks on the now-ubiquitous YouTube whilst I was typing away on something else – it’s the advantage of having a large enough PC screen to be able to have two things open…
Readings on the radio
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Thanks for your continued support, folks. We are growing in supporters all the time, although there's the inevitable slowdown during August as we all enjoy the rain - I mean, the sun - and jet off here and there. For us, we've acquired a dog from Dog's Trust, and she's taking up all our time!
I've just completed a script for Commando, and you're the first to know the title: it's called 'Red Snow…
The Pitch Video
Monday, 29 July 2019
I'm not sure this uploaded properly last time...
Anyway, here's my ugly mug with the original pitch video.
If you can't take the heat... get a dog.
Saturday, 27 July 2019
It's been hot. Too hot for me. Forunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), I've been somewhat tied to the house this week. We adopted a dog from The Dog's Trust last week, and she's settling in nicely, although slightly nervous. She still doesn't quite have to confidence to venture any further than she can see out of the window. We tried walking her around the block, but as soon…
The return of the video with my ugly mug
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
The official 'landing' video of the project has been replaced, but I thought it would be useful to put the original back in as an update for anyone who has yet to see me waffling on about the book...
Radio interview and readings!
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
A couple of weeks ago, I was a guest on Brunch With the Bradleys on Radio Abbey. The show is in two parts. The interview with me starts at about 30 minutes into Part 1 and continues into Part 2. I talk about the background to the novel and do a couple of readings of extracts from the novel. Listen here on Mixcloud:
An extract... barbed wire and banter.
Friday, 28 June 2019
I promised another extract. This is taken from later in the novel, where the friends Robert, Stanley and Ernest are following orders to break through the enemy barbed wire...
“What are you doing?” It was Ernest, beside him, ducking, half crouching, bayonet forward, ready to press on.
“I fell,” began Robert.
“Fall in then! Come on! Stand still and you’re target practice!” Ernest replied…
On the radio!
Sunday, 23 June 2019
Good afternoon everyone (or good morning, or evening, or brunchtime, whenever you're reading this),
As of today, we've reached 15% of our target with 75 backers. It's been wonderful to see a whole range of people pre-ordering the book: old schoolfriends; Facebook friends; family; work colleagues; fellow creatives (including rock musicians, writers, artists); and complete strangers! It's been hard…
Flashback to research
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Thanks so much to all of you who have backed so far. It means a lot to know that you're there encouraging the project. We're at 13% as I write, and I thought I'd flash back to a blogpost I wrote near the beginning of the drafting of the novel, when I was still researching:
Reading up on the Battle of Arras has been interesting. I'm into the end of the first week of my summer holiday…
A Hundred Years to Arras: And we're launched!
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
This is where it all began:
The attack began at 5.30 a.m on 9th April 1917. It was a Monday. Depending on your attitude to work, Monday mornings are full of either expectation or trepidation. Knowing what faced them, many having already lived through the Somme earlier in the Great War, trepidation was the least the young men of the British and Canadian regiments were feeling as they prepared to…