Crow, another thumbnail nature

Thanks to Amanda Tuke & Helen Jones for another brilliant workshop. This time the theme was looking at nature through frames – and it made me think of the time I was dive-bombed by jackdaws and crows while having a sneaky early morning coffee in “Chicken Centre”. The thumbnails are now anthologised and you can …

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Urban Tree Festival Update

I’m in equal parts shell-shocked and delighted my piece, My Blackthorn is a Tree, won the prose category in the Urban Tree Festival. More info here. As well as the super illustration by Alban Low, which arrived today, I’ve the opportunity to have my own chapbook published. So, I’m currently pulling together themes (one of …


pheasant thumbnail

PHEASANT Not ice, just a crust of frost baked mud, rutted with the memory of rain. Warmth forgotten, beaten down by broken bracken, distant snap of dog frozen in the air. Helmeted green, duck sleek and red eyed, hop-strutting towards us. Wise guy this one; canny enough not to fly.


Vive la France !

This week NEC have published their “interview” with me on the French GCSE course. Link here. I love all things French and one of my Lockdown resolutions was to improve my spoken language. Time will tell if that’s worked, as the acid test will be when we finally head back South. In the meantime, both …

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As part of my prize in the Urban Tree Festival, I have a chapbook published. While absolutely thrilled, this also gave me a bit of a headache as I had nothing anywhere near ready. However, after much angst and even more coffee, I’m pleased that the draft has now gone off to the publisher for …