• How To Enter The Secret World Of Animation

    by  • July 29, 2017 • 0 Comments

    If you’re interested in getting into animation or film, here’s a Kickstarter you might want to support. My friend, the animator, Stu Gamble, says: I come from a background where I didn’t have the opportunity to go to university to learn the production process. In fact when I was younger there really wasn’t any...

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    Pendragon Reviews

    by  • July 28, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Pendragon has been receiving some great reviews. That’s always hugely gratifying when you’ve laboured over a novel for a year, but it’s particularly nice when people ‘get’ what you’re trying to do. Here’s a couple: Deadly culture clashes and earthy mysticism (complete with witchcraft and visions fueled by magic mushrooms) combine in this exciting...

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    Pendragon – Published Today

    by  • July 13, 2017 • 0 Comments

    ‘Before King Arthur. Before Camelot. Before Excalibur. Every Legend Has A Beginning.’ Out today! The last days of Roman Britain. The seeds that will grow into the legend of King Arthur one hundred years later. An epic tale reaching from Hadrian’s Wall and Stonehenge to Gaul and Rome at the heart of the empire....

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    Pendragon – The Times Review

    by  • July 8, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Great review of Pendragon in The Times today: Pendragon has all the hallmarks of a traditional historical adventure story – there are battles, swords, and he bantering of violent men, all done with style. However, there is also intellectual heft to the story, with its themes of myth-making and the nature of power. You can...

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    Why We Need Camelot

    by  • July 6, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Arthurian lore is stitched deeply into my new book, Pendragon, published in just a few short days.  This is a story-telling tradition that may well go back one thousand five hundred years.  Perhaps even longer, if – as some think – Arthur was not a real, historical figure but based on a mythic hero...

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    A Guide To The Pubs Of Britain #1: Hagen & Hyde

    by  • June 19, 2017 • 2 Comments

    In the introduction to this irregular series, I wrote about the importance of pubs for creatives as conducive environments for thinking and dreaming, disconnected from the real world.  And so I thought it only right that I begin this meandering tour of Britain’s finest pubs for writers and artists on my doorstep, at Hagen...

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    Tolkien, Fantasy And The BBC

    by  • June 9, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Interviewed live on the BBC the other day. I was talking about the influence of Tolkien and the large and still growing impact of fantasy in literature and popular culture in a debate with Oxford University scholar Dr Stuart Lee and the author Robin Hobb. Stuart and Robin are both knowledgable people, as you’d...

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    Pendragon Proofs Now In

    by  • May 18, 2017 • 0 Comments

    The road to publication follows familiar landmarks – finishing the first draft, the various edits, through the delivery of the first box of books to publication day and the subsequent round of publicity and signings.  One of the key moments is the arrival of the uncorrected proofs – softbound copies of the novel, usually...

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    A Guide To The Pubs Of Britain

    by  • May 12, 2017 • 2 Comments

    I like pubs,and not just for the amber stuff.  Map out any history of writing in Britain and you’ll find pubs woven into the heart of it.  Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London has entertained the likes of Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, G K Chesterton, Samuel Johnson, Alfred Lord Tennyson and P G...

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    The Swords Of Albion Redux

    by  • April 2, 2017 • 4 Comments

    When you write a series of fantasies about swashbuckling Elizabethan spies, you don’t expect them to take on a contemporary relevance.  But here we are. Elizabeth is on the throne.  A technology boom is underway.  We have a flowering of the arts and a rapidly growing capital city. There’s talk of buccaneering trade deals....

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