Roundhay St. John's Church

Thursday, 8 March 2018

One of Le Prince’s film sequences, Roundhay Garden Scene, contains a macabre timestamp. Le Prince’s mother-in-law, Sarah Whitley, who appeared in it, died on 24th October 1888, less than two weeks after the sequence was shot.


Roundhay Garden can be found online quite easily and although the animated images only play for around two seconds, additional frames showing the subjects in different…

150 Woodhouse Lane: A fortunate discovery....

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Liff talk twitter photo

Here's a photograph from a talk on Le Prince that I gave as part of the Leeds International Film Festival last November. I happen to be standing next to what, at first glance, looks to be the dullest photograph in the world - 

but it's actually a pretty magical place to me. On the right hand edge of the photo is a workshop, 150 Woodhouse Lane, where William Mason & Sons (Carpenters) were located…

2018 (Thank you X 10)

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

I'm just beginning the year by thanking my latest 'pledgers' to whom I'm massively, stonkingly grateful:

Jonathan Bliss

Ed Carlisle

Tracie Johnson

Aaron & Kiri Pochin

Reagan and Reeva Pochin

Daniel Rowe (Amy & Lucas)

Your support really is appreciated. To let you know how I'm doing: I have a rough and ready first draft written and am working hard to add to, and polish it, to the extent…

Leeds International Film Festival

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

From 2nd - 16th November, the Leeds International Film Festival is going to be running and this year there are some special events celebrating the life and work of the subject of The Shadow Traps. Two of them I'm not allowed to talk about just yet, which is good because it means I can direct you instead to a talk I will be giving for LIFF entitled 'A White Horse in Roundhay'. It will be an illustrated…

Thank You X 3

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Three more thanks' for three more acts of generosity which are much appreciated:

David Quantick

Sameer Kumar

Nick Bonny

David actually has his own book on Unbound at https://unbound.com/books/go-west which looks like a suitably twisted comedy featuring some real life characters from the margins and footnotes of history (which is where the best characters usually come from!)



'The Efficiency Magazine' house-style. It's efficient.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Laemmle article

Another little piece of left-field treasure uncovered during my research: 'The Efficiency Magazine' article on Carl Laemmle, Hollywood pioneer. Get past the conventional first quarter and enjoy the spartan rat-a-tat-tat of words. Short words. And sentences. My favourite sentence? 'His brain woke up.'

But using 'The' in the magazine's name? It's postively obese. 



Five interesting facts about the writing of this book

Saturday, 9 September 2017

For no particular reason and in no particular order I'd like to tell you five things about the writing and research for this book:

1. About three weeks ago I spent an entire Friday night researching the history of Linoleum. The amount of time I've spent reading and thinking about linoleum goes beyond that one magical Friday and is considerable. I've done all this for the sake of the book. You're…

More (belated) Thanks

Monday, 4 September 2017

It's about time I caught up with thanking people - some names I'm familiar with and others I'm not and all really, really appreciated. So, thank you to - 

Jemma Hill

Elizabeth Minkin

Matthew Leddy

Alan Slomson

David Cooke

Philip Hewitt

Cecilia Blanche

Thom Winterburn

Molly Fletcher

Peter Miller

Jonathan Wakeham

Jeff Bemiss

Even at this late stage, I'm uncovering wonderful little stories…

A cryptic clue

Friday, 28 July 2017

I recently Tweeted one of my Updates, which went:

"Regarding the disappearance of Le Prince: one of the biggest clues has been hiding in plain sight for over 85 years....."

I received a reply which I took to be a question (the entire message consisted of just four question marks). My own response to that was this, which I thought I should post here too:

"All who have studied Le Prince…

A clue about a clue.....

Monday, 24 July 2017

There now follows a brief update the size of a tweet!:

Regarding the disappearance of Le Prince: one of the biggest clues has been hiding in plain sight for over 85 years.....

Some more 'thank you'...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

I'm lucky enough to have more people to thank for their pledges, and although progress might seem slow, things are ticking along and I will be pitching 'The Shadow Traps' at the 'Margate Bookie' literary festival in August, with other events in the pipeline as well. So without fruther ado, a heart-felt 'thank you' to:

Adam Lyons

Jonathan Straight

Andrew Fryer

Joyce Roberts

Kerry Harker


The Game's Afoot...

Monday, 10 July 2017

One of the things that has always struck me about Le Prince: so many of his contemporaries, both real and fictional, have gone on to become such vivid and significant figures in popular culture that it is often hard to tell who was real and who wasn’t – Oscar Wilde; Jack the Ripper; Queen Victoria; Buffalo Bill; Annie Oakley, these and others have themselves appeared in so many plays, novels and…

A week in (and a thank you or nine)

Friday, 30 June 2017

A quick update to mark the first week of my campaign. I think it's safe to say that it's been a slow start (we're at 1%) - but a start nonetheless, and that is down to nine generous people, so I'd like to say a big thank you to them!

So thank you to:

John Kirk

Adam Sutton

Christopher Stuart

Charlotte Mounter

Arif Shah

Ben Williams

Frances Tew

Sardar Shah

Sallena Shah

More updates…

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