Out of the Box

Out of the Box

When I was a boy I lived on a farm. My dad was a farm labourer until I was sixteen. After many years working in the fields and living in tied cottages – accommodation tied to the job – he got a council house and became a milkman. I spent most of my childhood out [...]

Your Own Way

Your Own Way

We are now into year 21 of the 21st century. Most of us have been in some form of lockdown for almost ten months. Extraordinary times. Covid-19 has forced the cancelation of many regular religious celebrations. For those who practice a religious faith, this has been a terrible situation. In response, many people, including myself, [...]

Ground Your Shead

Ground Your Shead

The shed where I write is not really a shed its more of an office/study. I keep it neat and tidy and forbid spiders to settle there and build cobwebs that might grow visible with dust. The head is like a shed where we keep our good and bad, useful and useless memories. Writers live [...]

Can We Break Free?

Can We Break Free?

Every morning we start afresh. We start afresh but end up, very quickly, being caught up in the same narrative. The people and objects around us force us back into the skin we left at the bedside the night before. We say, stuck in a rut but we mean, stuck in a story of our [...]

Writing and the Real

Writing and the Real

I’m writing this just after completing my previous blog post – Loneliness Deep. As a writer of fiction I have to confess to enjoying the process of losing myself in fictional worlds. Is this wrong when the real world is so much more real? Should I not be out there experiencing reality? Should I not [...]