Yesterday & Today: 28th January

If yesterday was a relatively quiet and unexceptional day then that was entirely expected - not that editing, planning upcoming work and projects, and various writing-related 'odds and sods' should be decried. If not exactly as substantial as 'writing bricks', the mortar that joins them together to form a wall is of equal importance. One … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 28th January

Yesterday & Today: 27th January

At yesterday evening's Contextual: 14 poetry event we had 24 attendees - which is a super turnout once again! Thank you to all those who joined the session - and especially to our readers: Richard Lister, Graeme Ryan, Brian Docherty, Penny McCarthy and David Smith. Already looking forward to the next one! It did feel … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 27th January

Yesterday & Today: 26th January

The Ripon Writers' Group yesterday evening included a January tradition: a book sale. Members bring along books they no longer need and offer them for sale at a nominal fee to other members. Additionally there was a raffle of 'unwanted presents'. Both are means to raise funds for the Group's activities. On the face of … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 26th January

Yesterday & Today: 25th January

The Library and 'Write-on Ripon' were both good yesterday. Having introduced some fresh concepts to some of the group - Sestinas, Villanelles etc. - one of the great things about the people there is an enthusiasm to try new things, so a number are going to have a crack at a difficult 'formal' form and … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 25th January

Yesterday & Today: 24th January

I surprised myself yesterday by knuckling down and working through all that was left of The Opposite of Remembering to review - and then getting it to the printers so that the updated edition is available now! That's a big tick! In addition to that I spent a chunk of time working on competition entries, … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 24th January

Yesterday & Today: 23rd January

It was cold again here yesterday; the kind of cold that, over time, gathers cumulatively in the walls of the house so that you start each day at a fractionally lower temperature than you did the day before. And I find myself wondering if that could be a metaphor for writing: the less you do, … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 23rd January

Yesterday & Today: 22nd January

Thanks to a fair amount to time spent on it yesterday I'm building up a head of steam when it comes to The Opposite of Remembering reviewing. I'm now pretty confident I'll be submitting the very slightly modified text on 1st Feb (latest), so available from about 24-hours after that. As I mentioned yesterday, I … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 22nd January

Yesterday & Today: 21st January

It hadn't been planned, but yesterday I posted another episode to my WalkingThruFire podcast. I had been reviewing The Opposite of Remembering when I came across a relatively short section I thought might make a good entry to the podcast - so I recorded it! You can find it here; follow the links back to … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 21st January

Yesterday & Today: 20th January

Though not quite signed and sealed yet, I spent over an hour yesterday on Crash-related activities including a complete read through. I have some decent ideas about how to perform it (I think!) and just await the official and final 'nod' which hopefully might come in the middle of next week. Not that I need … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 20th January

“The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man”

It's been a while since I last read an autobiography, but as a keen film fan I was drawn to Paul Newman's posthumously published "The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man". The book is curated rather than written, with the vast majority of its material recorded in interviews between 1986 and 1991. Newman had always … Continue reading “The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man”