“Demolition”

I really liked Neil Rollinson's collection, "Demolition". Across a variety of subject matter there was something in his tone and voice which certainly resonated with me. "Away with the Mixer" is a wonderful poem exploring the death of a parent who has suffered from dementia; and the way it handles the aftermath - raw and … Continue reading “Demolition”

New podcast episode: four sonnets

I have just published a new episode to my Walking Thru' Fire podcast. You can find the episode here or via any good podcast provider e.g. Audible, Spotify, Amazon books, Apple etc. Given Shakespeare’s own sonnets are the major influence behind my collection, Not the Sonnets (to be published later this year), it seemed only … Continue reading New podcast episode: four sonnets

“The Opposite of Remembering” – updated edition now available

A very slightly updated version of my novel, The Opposite of Remembering, is now available from on-line retailers - Waterstones, Amazon, Barnes & Noble - and on order from bookshops. The edits are all relatively minor (the odd word here and there). Interestingly, as I was going through the process I was reminded what a … Continue reading “The Opposite of Remembering” – updated edition now available

New Podcast Episode: from “The Opposite of Remembering”

I have just posted a reading of an extract from my novel The Opposite of Remembering. The episode is available here. This section is about 40% of the way through the novel. The main protagonist is Liam who has recently divorced from his wife Rachel and is now moving into rented accommodation. Katy is their … Continue reading New Podcast Episode: from “The Opposite of Remembering”

“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”

New Podcast Episode: “An Irregular Piece of Sky”

I have just posted a reading of my short story "An Irregular Piece of Sky". The story is included in a new collection - also entitle An Irregular Piece of Sky - which should see the light of day at some point in 2023.

New Podcast Episode: “Ursula”

I have just posted a reading of my short story "Ursula". One of my favourite things to do is to create people. Many of my stories are pen portraits of people placed in particular situations or with specific histories, occasionally told in the first person. “Ursula” is one such story. As a male writer I … Continue reading New Podcast Episode: “Ursula”

“Elizabeth Finch”

I'm sorry, but I just didn't get it. An admirer of Julian Barnes - I've read a large proportion of his work - I'm afraid "Elizabeth Finch" just didn't work for me. Most of the time I wasn't sure it was a novel at all. It seemed like an excuse to write an essay about … Continue reading “Elizabeth Finch”

“Armada”

It felt strange coming back to Brian Patten so many years after The Irrelevant Song and Vanishing Trick, but I found a copy of Armada in an Oxfam shop and simply couldn't resist. Why would you? In the main I was struck by a familiarity of tone, a kind of lazy meandering towards a conclusion … Continue reading “Armada”