30 / Mar / 2020
In these strange times, we have the opportunity to take a little more time over things and get around to some of those jobs that we’re been putting off for an aeon. Read More…
20 / Mar / 2020
This is the eternal question, or at least it seems to be nowadays. It has become very common and somewhat fashionable to throw down challenges to write daily, with the aim of developing a writing habit. Read More…
18 / Mar / 2020
Life in the shadow of Covid-19
Nice, France, is not the worst place to be stuck in lockdown. The sun still shines and the sky remains blue, but life in many other ways, some subtle, some obvious, has changed enormously. Read More…
21 / Jan / 2020
A memory in shadows and light,
delicate and dark… Read More…
25 / Dec / 2019
I realise that Christmas is not something that we all celebrate, but the wishes of peace and joy at this time of year is universal. Read More…
01 / Dec / 2019
I am happy to report that, after much blood, sweat and tears (well, some sweat and a lot of effort), my memoir of a life shared with a black and tan dachshund is coming soon
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27 / Oct / 2019
An update on writing and my next book – a memoir of my life with a dachshund called Kevin. Read More…
10 / Jul / 2019
How my heartbreak following the death of David Bowie led me to Tumblr and the inspiration for the dream sequences in my debut novel Escape
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18 / Jun / 2019
“Did you know his mother’s name?” Read More…
18 / Jun / 2019
“Beware, Be aware of intent-, intentions, intents, intent..ion.” Read More…
16 / May / 2019
Guilty pleasure: I know it’s been a long while since it finished, but Sex and the City remains one of my favourite TV shows. Read More…
15 / May / 2019
I used to have an imaginary friend, but he snored. Read More…
15 / May / 2019
Comedy is the safety valve of a nation. Read More…
12 / May / 2019
I try to be a good person but unfortunately I enjoy failing too much. Read More…
10 / May / 2019
I can’t remember if I told you but I’ve got a very good memory. Read More…
22 / Mar / 2019
It is intimidating for a reader, let alone a writer, to approach the idea of reviewing a book that stands so preeminently in the history of modern literature as War and Peace. Read More…
07 / Feb / 2019
Every action is a performance. Read More…
30 / Jan / 2019
You can keep your body but if you give away your mind, you lose everything. Read More…
22 / Jan / 2019
Introducing the DBSM for calculating the cost of shared holidays
You know the scenario. A friend or family member says they’re hiring a villa for two weeks in the summer and you’re welcome to join them for as long as you can make it. Not just you, of course, but everyone else on their friends list. Read More…
08 / Jan / 2019
Instead of a wall, whether concrete or steel, why doesn’t Trump build a nice hedge? Read More…
22 / Dec / 2018
’Tis the season to be merry and be full of festive cheer but, with the new year approaching, it is also a time of reflection and contemplation. Read More…
18 / Dec / 2018
The path to self destruction is illuminated in neon and we’re heading straight for it. Read More…
10 / Dec / 2018
How do you keep going when you have a looming writing deadline or overwhelming word count to achieve, or when you’re writing something that is far outside your comfort zone? Read More…
09 / Dec / 2018
What does ‘freedom of expression’ mean? Does it mean you can say what you like, whenever you like, wherever you like, to whomever you like? No, it clearly doesn’t. We have to respect rights of our audience as an equal individual, and to respect their background and their feelings. That much is obvious, and that is why we have laws against, for example, racism, intolerance and incitement to hatred. Read More…
15 / Nov / 2018
Brexit is the greatest democratic expression of fear, doubt and paranoia of our era. Read More…
09 / Nov / 2018
Men consider women’s bodies to be objects, not the extension of a person’s character or soul. This is one of the greatest problems that we face in this world. Read More…
05 / Nov / 2018
One of the things that we admire about porcelain is its delicate fragility. We should learn to do the same for people. Read More…
17 / Oct / 2018
I think I’ve always been a writer. My mother likes to talk about the poetry and short stories I wrote when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Certainly for as long as I can remember, I have been creating stories, characters, conversations, scenes and even entire fictional worlds, and lived so deeply in my favourite books that it feels, looking back, as if fiction was more real to me than reality. Read More…
12 / Oct / 2018
Normal is measured against our ideal of human behaviour, but when we measure it against actual human behaviour, 'normal' looks very different indeed. Read More…
19 / Sep / 2018
A dog is the consolation prize for the lonely. Read More…
22 / Aug / 2018
A grey-haired man whispering into the ear of his wife while walking through the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition: “I need something like that to make my moongate.” Read More…
16 / Aug / 2018
We all have to wear a coat to protect us when expose ourselves to the world. It’s just that I need a thicker coat than most.
23 / Jul / 2018
Flip-flops, shorts, close-cropped hair and a checked shirt tight over his squat, bull-like body. Read More…
10 / Jul / 2018
You are never truly alone when you know someone loves you.
16 / May / 2018
An exasperated American woman to her friend while walking along Regent’s Canal in London: “Who the fuck hand-washes glasses anyway?”
18 / Apr / 2018
Sometimes, when the drink has gripped my soul, I see more clearly than I have done at any other time. Read More…
11 / Apr / 2018
I used to think that life happened all by itself. It took me a long time to realise that you have to make it happen.
10 / Apr / 2018
An exasperated American woman to her friends while walking along the Arno in Florence, Italy: “I mean, you don’t need dick every night of your life.”
23 / Feb / 2018
It is the delusion of youth to think that time is infinite, that we have infinite time and there will always be enough time for us to get done everything we want to achieve in life. Read More…
03 / Feb / 2018
The dusk-laden calm of the room was broken by the sound of a thud and a peal of high-pitched laughter. Read More…
02 / Feb / 2018
Surely our greatest and most long-lasting relationship is with ourselves.
20 / Jan / 2018
Doubt is a thief of the soul.
09 / Jan / 2018
With creativity comes danger.
08 / Jan / 2018
I used to live life like it was disposable. Now I don’t want to throw a single second away.
17 / Nov / 2017
I feel nostalgic for that time when ‘we’re all going to hell’ was just a turn of phrase.
13 / Nov / 2017
Life is a heavy weight that sometimes crushes my soul.
10 / Nov / 2017
There is no-one so cruel as those closest to you.
02 / Nov / 2017
I have never wanted to be at the centre, but always to be on the edge, on the periphery. Read More…
10 / Oct / 2017
For someone who is acting in an uncivilised or unpleasant manner, we often say they are acting like an animal or, worse, a dog or a pig. Read More…
15 / Sep / 2017
We like to believe that there is only one person out there for us. Just one person with whom we truly fit, to whom we can open up our souls and not be afraid. Read More…
26 / Aug / 2017
I suppose there must be days when I haven't thought of you, but I cannot recall even one. Read More…
24 / Aug / 2017
For some, friendship is merely a form of advanced knowing, with no affection and no care.
I have no interest in this form of friendship. I care deeply or I don't care at all.
09 / Aug / 2017
A door opens and sunlight streams in. A slab of yellow on a stone floor. Read More…
28 / Jul / 2017
We are losing confidence in peace, but we must stay firm.
It is the only thing worth fighting for.
06 / Jul / 2017
The definition of a lie depends on your perspective.
02 / Jul / 2017
We think that the present is now and forever, but it is already dead and gone.
30 / Jun / 2017
I watched ants stealing from a kitchen this morning, carrying morsels of bread aloft as they ran to an unseen destination. Read More…
28 / Jun / 2017
I am no longer sure who I am. Read More…
23 / Jun / 2017
The only darkness I see is in your eyes.
18 / Jun / 2017
We are slipping back from the age of reason into the mire of mystery, into a world of gods and devils, ghouls and angels. Read More…
02 / Jun / 2017
It catches you unawares.
The smothering embrace, reaching around you, collecting you in its arms, covering you, brushing your eyes. Read More…
25 / May / 2017
One day, many years ago, I was walking through the desert, following a dirt track into nothing. Read More…
06 / May / 2017
Her: "I have to say, I thought you'd be more sorted by now than you are."
Me: "Yeah, me too."
03 / May / 2017
On the inside, we all think we are cool.
18 / Apr / 2017
It occurred to me today that when we white people go to other countries, we rape the land of its resources, steal the profits and hold the people down, abusing and killing them at will, and we call it commerce. Read More…
05 / Apr / 2017
Beauty is defined not by our physical appearance but who we choose to be.
02 / Apr / 2017
I have tried so often to calm the storm inside my head, but I know I live most truly when I am lost within it.
02 / Apr / 2017
Creativity happens in the transition between order and chaos.
11 / Mar / 2017
The voices of fear, suspicion and paranoia sense their moment has come.
It is up to the rest of us to rise up and drown them out.
04 / Mar / 2017
Life is an ever-lasting cycle of decay.
03 / Mar / 2017
Pain is selfish.
22 / Feb / 2017
The dark side exists. It is the shadow in the eye of every living creature.
21 / Feb / 2017
Power is given, not taken.
20 / Feb / 2017
It is a curious thing that we think it is more true to be sad than to be happy.
19 / Feb / 2017
The most interesting people to listen to are those who do not wish to speak.