Competitive spirit

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A mildly interesting thing has happened over the past few weeks.

From time to time over the years I've been moved to try my hand at writing short stories. Usually it starts with a 'what if?' idea that snags on my mind and won't go away. I then fret, trying to sense the direction and point of it. I wake up at odd times of night to pen a line that comes to mind. I slowly realise that the idea probably…

The Gibunco Gibraltar Literary Festival 2014

Friday, 21 November 2014

An extraordinary week last week at the second running of the Gibunco Gibraltar Literary Festival, held on the historic isthmus that is the southernmost point of the Iberian peninsular with stunning views across the strait to Africa.

The iconic limestone promontory, named Jabal Tariq (the Mountain of Tariq) by the Moors and from which its English name is derived- try saying it aloud - is one of…

Oh my word. Is there nothing that people won't do to get on TV?

Thursday, 6 November 2014

About a year ago I penned a small original story inspired by the concept of Ourobos which I called "The Herpetologist" about a man and his pet snake. I posted it here in my shed as an exclusive 'tale" (forgive the pun) for you lovely folk who have backed Saving Grace.

About 5 minutes ago I found this 'news' item.


Johnson Vs Blezard: The Showdown

Monday, 7 April 2014

Sheldonian theatre 9 72 dpi

It is a very sad day indeed when a man is forced to realise that he is a bit of a wuss.

The scene was set. The audience had been admitted and seated in Christopher Wren’s wonderful Sheldonian theatre. Robert Streater’s ceiling fresco was resplendent in the afternoon sun that shone through the high windows. The atmosphere was crisp with tension.

I met Rachel Johnson (former editrice of…

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014

Such a wonderful time at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival this year with too many high spots to mention. But not least among them was Philip Pullman's brilliant off the cuff comment during our Musical Milestones event at the Sheldonian with John Lubbock's excellent Orchestra of St. John. 

We had been talking about the inspiring, civilising effect of good music (as a prelude to a Shostakovich…

A gift... and an encouragement

Friday, 6 September 2013

To welcome everyone back after the holiday period, to thank all who have kindly pledged support to Saving Grace and to encourage more support and word-spreading, I offer you this, a 1000 word, orginal horror story I penned early one morning this week.

Keep up the good work, my friends!


The Herpetologist – A Nightmare

He knew the moment that it started that he wouldn’t be able…

An interview with Jeffrey Archer, or Lord Archer to you and me!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Earlier this year I was at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature chairing a whole slew of events. It was the fifth year of it and happily the fifth time that I'd been invited to attend, a welcome burst of sunshine and heat in February.

One of this years guests was Jeffrey Archer, a man about whom everyone seems to have an opinion, whether as an author or as an individual. It was a curious…

Well now...

Monday, 22 July 2013

Good heavens to Murgatroyd! 

I've just returned from the very excellent Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate - the only lit fest dedicated to crime fiction in the UK - and what do I see? New supporters of Saving Grace and that it is already 6% funded after just over a week of being with Unbound.

So my warmest thanks to all of you for taking the plunge and getting us off…

Well now, we're off to a cracking start!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


And so the story starts...

The fine folk at Unbound Central have been nothing short of lovely having accepted Saving Grace into the fold and as a result here you are; either a paid up member of the Saving Grace Supporters Society, or shortly about to become so. Or so I sincerely hope!

To get us started and by way of saying hello and thank you, I thought a photo of the hell that is my writing…

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