• Politics, Events And The Writer’s Nightmare

    by  • June 30, 2016 • 0 Comments

    The EU Referendum seems to have unleashed some kind of collective madness in the UK. I’ve been planning to write about the fallout for a few days. But every time I sit down, the situation changes. By the day, by the hour, sometimes even every five minutes. Leave voters’ buyers remorse. Will-they-won’t-they trigger Article...

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    The Murder of Jo Cox MP

    by  • June 16, 2016 • 1 Comment

    I don’t like the world we’re in now. I’m sick of the confrontational political discourse. I’m disgusted with both sides making out that it’s disaster if you don’t agree with them. There are people out there who are tinder-dry and only need the faintest spark to set them ablaze. This isn’t confined to the...

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    Me On AppleNews

    by  • March 24, 2016 • 0 Comments

    If you have an IOS device, you can now get updates from this site on AppleNews – all beautifully formatted with gleaming images. None of that old-fashioned going to a website stuff or creaking RSS. Go into AppleNews on your phone or tablet, search for my name, click the + sign to add my...

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    The Universe Is Us, And We Are The Universe

    by  • March 15, 2016 • 2 Comments

    Fascinating work being done by Sir Roger Penrose and Professor Stuart Hameroff which suggests the brain is constantly linked on the quantum level to fluctuations in the very structure of the universe and reacts accordingly. Instead of the brain being a computational device, it’s actually more like an orchestra making music from all the...

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    Alan Moore And The Art Of Magic…And Writing

    by  • February 22, 2016 • 0 Comments

    A few wise words…many wise words…from Alan Moore on imagination, creativity, writing, and magic. He’s long been an inspiration, and I’m very much looking forward to his novel Jerusalem. “As previously stated, it is my position that art, language, consciousness and magic are all aspects of the same phenomenon. With art and magic seen...

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    Umberto Eco – The Roadmap To The 21st Century

    by  • February 20, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Been a hectic start to 2016. New TV pitch optioned, new TV script started, new novel pitch underway, and I’m well into the next novel from my pseudonym, James Wilde.  This book should be out in January 2017, six months earlier than the usual cycle, so the clock is ticking. But it will be...

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    Winter Stories

    by  • December 18, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Winter is a time for imagination.  For reflection.  For stories.  We bolt the door and huddle around the fire, listening to the voices whispering in the chimney.  Ghosts, of the past year, of the family members we’ve lost, of ancient ancestors.  Ghosts as metaphor, ghosts as memory, ghosts as the very essence of all...

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    Writing By Example: The Silence Of The Lambs

    by  • December 11, 2015 • 0 Comments

    If you want to be a writer, take a look at Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs.  Read it.  Read it another ten times, tear it apart, analyse it, and then read it again.  The book remains a masterpiece of genre writing, and it’s one I return to time and again. If you’d...

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    The End Of 2015

    by  • December 10, 2015 • 0 Comments

    is all about: Virginia Applejack, The Leftovers, Gordita Beach, Magnets, walking five thousand year old paths, Libby Day, the footsteps of John Dryden, Saga Noren, mountain biking by a haunted lake, Riyad Mahrez, and, most likely, Bedford Falls.

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    London Calling

    by  • December 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

    In 2016, I’ll be opening a branch in the capital (there is only one, of course). I lived in London when I was young, drunk and stupid.  In the first instance, above a kebab shop in the Queenstown Road in Battersea.  My office was the Beaufoy Arms around the corner (known affectionately as the...

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