Degrees of Separation

Like many people, I enjoy reading books with recurring characters.  Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, for example, or Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme.  Provided they’re well written, they offer predictability – you know what you’re getting. When I first decided to write...

Read Dating #NNLF

Regular readers (both of you!) might recall that, back in May, I went to the Market Deeping Literary Festival. One of the events I attended there was their Read Dating session, and I wrote about it here. A few weeks ago, I was chatting to a fellow writer who’s a...

Small Town Boy #NNLF

Like most of us when we reflect on our childhoods, I have some very happy memories, although I didn’t always appreciate how good it was at the time. Even so, I didn’t particularly like where I lived and couldn’t wait to move away and leave it behind – again, I...

Gogglebox: Kung Fu

For most of my time at secondary school, I wrote stories to entertain classmates. In the main, they were parodies (not that I knew what a parody was back then) of existing movies and TV series. Very often, though, they’d include versions of real people we all knew....

Gogglebox: A Man Barely Alive?

One Sunday evening in 1973, I managed to persuade my mum to let me watch a TV movie. I say persuaded because it was school the next morning and, I suspect like most households at that time, Sunday night in particular was a night for making sure you were ready for the...