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Age UK Magazine Models

My latest batch of Age UK photos has been published in The People’s Friend magazine. They’re such a lovely team at the Newport, Shropshire shop, and they are all fantastically friendly, especially when they hate having their photos taken! Mind you, I can... read more

Where Do You Put A Library?

Last Wednesday evening I attended a public meeting organised by the Support Group of my local library, and I was delighted to see so many people there. Over 200 people forced themselves into the hall to hear what was said. And emotions ran high. Whilst this... read more

Pages of Influence

Ninety years ago Clough Williams-Ellis acquired the site that became Portmeirion. Simon Whaley discovers how Country Life came to influence the way it looks today. If it wasn’t for COUNTRY LIFE magazine Portmeirion would look a little different today. Ninety years... read more

Atomic Ice

Slow Journey County: Cumbria Slow Journey Destination: Claife Heights Slow Journey Distance Travelled: 0 Steps. My immediate thought was of radioactivity. It was a series of unmistakable clicks. But where from? Standing on Claife Heights, overlooking Beatrix... read more

2015 Erewash Writers’ Short Story Competition

The Erewash Writers’ Short Story competition has just been launched for 2015, and they’ve kindly asked me to judge. Top prize is £100, and all profits from the competition go to charity. To find out more about the competition, check out their competition... read more

Books for Writers

The Complete Article Writer has just been published and now brings my range of books written especially for writers to three. The Complete Article Writer takes you through the whole process: from developing your ideas (and making the most of them for as many different... read more

The Complete Article Writer – Free Sample

After many months of work, I’m pleased to announce that the series of eight workshops I devised for the 2014 Writers’ Holiday at Fishguard has now been turned into book format: both print and eBook, and both are now available. Have you fancied writing for... read more

2015 New Year Bargains

2015 has just got better for writers, with two of my books, dropping to 99p in eBook format (and the equivalent for foreign editions). That means both The Positively Productive Writer and Photography for Writers can be downloaded via Amazon, iTunes or Barnes and Noble... read more

Back in the Amazon Top 50

It’s that time of year when people buy presents for their dog-loving friends and relatives, and what better present that my One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human? Lovely to see the book back in Amazon’s top 50 humorous Cats, Dogs and Animals books... read more