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The madness of tradition

Friday, 4 March 2016

Blog 5

The word ‘traditional’ has positive connotations for a lot of people. Applied to food, beer, pubs, architecture, English hamlets, village greens and annual festivals, it’s tourist-friendly fodder, the kind of stuff that stops us thinking about nasty things like conflict in the Middle East, social inequality and the prospect of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

And then there’s traditional music…

Your Novelist Needs You! Your chance to become a character in The Rebels’ Riot Feast

Friday, 26 February 2016

When you support The Rebels’ Riot Feast, you’re part of something unique.

This is the first ever novel written about the ancient, guilty pleasure of English bull running. It’s also the first novel set in 1830s Buxton. But the most interesting part of its uniqueness is that you, my subscriber and future reader, can shape it, and even step into the pages as one of its characters.

This…

Your Novelist Needs You! Your chance to become a character in The Rebels’ Riot Feast

Friday, 26 February 2016

Blog 4a

When you support The Rebels’ Riot Feast, you’re part of something unique.

This is the first ever novel written about the ancient, guilty pleasure of English bull running. It’s also the first novel set in 1830s Buxton. But the most interesting part of its uniqueness is that you, my subscriber and future reader, can shape it, and even step into the pages as one of its characters.

This is a…

Birthdays and the Janus effect

Friday, 19 February 2016

Blog 3

Today’s my birthday. And, hey! I’ve just thought of the perfect birthday present: make a pledge if you haven’t already, and spread the good word if you have.

I’m sure it’s not just me who has a Janus moment every birthday (Janus the two-faced god – look him up if you’re not sure what I’m on about), looking forwards and backwards at the same time. Squinting ahead, I sincerely hope to be whooping…

What happened to all the music?

Friday, 19 February 2016

Someone has asked me about the background music in the Rebels’ Riot Feast promo video. That got me thinking… I’m wondering now if I should make the novel more musical. I don’t think there’s a single note of played in any of the scenes I’ve written so far. And yet, when I look back on my years in Buxton (1996-2006), the music drowns out pretty much everything else. I blame music for ending my first…

Why all the bull, I've been asking myself?

Monday, 15 February 2016

New aurochs 2 web

My original intention was to write a novel about the last bull running festival in England. This isn’t it. It’s a novel about the unlikely friendships that arise in hard times, and the alliances you’re forced to make when there’s no time to choose. It’s about where you turn to when love has been stripped out of your life – about where those misplaced affections fall, and how they manifest. It’s about…

Welcome to the Rebels' Riot Feast Shed

Friday, 12 February 2016

Blog pic

Thanks for dropping by my shed. Make yourself at home. The kettle’s boiling on the solar-powered Aga, and I’ve just cleared the wild oxen from the vegetable patch, to prevent them disturbing the Great Auk hibernating in the compost.

The shed is still receiving a few finishing touches, as you can see from the photo above. But it’s a shed, I hope, like no other. A little untidy, but that’s how…

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