I was lucky enough yesterday to be involved in the inaugural Telford Write Now, Right Now Literary Festival, which took place as part of the Telford@50 celebrations. It’s always a little daunting when you establish something new, because you never know whether all of the […]
I thought that cloud over Ludlow looked menacing! It seems Shefali thought so too. It does look reminiscent of April shower clouds. Perhaps we have turned a seasonal corner. Although, there are still rumours of snow over the Easter weekend. Proof that we certainly get […]
Here in the Welsh Borders we’ve still got some snow hanging about. If you look carefully on this BBC WeatherWatcher photo, you’ll see a smidgen of white in the top right on the Long Mynd.
A selection of my Snapper Simon appearances on the BBC. 😜
Simon Whaley enjoys a journey around this delightful Devonshire City. ‘Climb the oak tree,’ says the tourist guide, ‘but think laterally.’ She winks as she hands over a map of Plymouth city to help me explore. I have to admit, it’s been a few […]
Check out the April issue of BBC Countryfile magazine for my Firth of Flowers piece in their Great Days Out section.
Check out my feature in the April 2018 issue of Coast magazine, packed full of ideas of what to do with A Weekend in Plymouth.
Well, the Beast from the East is approaching, apparently, but that’s nothing that unusual for us here in the Welsh Borders. We get snow quite frequently here – Church Stretton isn’t nicknamed Little Switzerland for nothing, you know! Still, I missed Shefali’s use of my […]
I love this time of year. March is when we get our free money from the ALCS. Free money? Oh, yes! However, from the many comments I’ve seen on social media, not everyone understands their ALCS statement. Many simply look at how much they’re getting […]
Check out the March 2018 issue of Outdoor Photography magazine and inside you’ll find my photo of Aberdyfi in the Viewpoint section.
Having met up with friends in Much Wenlock this morning, I decided that on my way home I would stop off somewhere along Wenlock Edge to do my daily walk. What Wenlock Edge does well is tantalising views. New trees, mainly ash and some silver […]
Donald drummed his fingers against the steering wheel of his Ford Focus, his eyes fixed on the school entrance. Any minute now, those doors would fly open and hundreds of happy kids would stream out, overjoyed at their freedom. Then he would see his […]
Once a year, authors receive their PLR statements. For those of you who don’t know, PLR stands for Public Lending Right and is a payment to authors in recompense for the loss of sales due to people borrowing their books from a library. While we […]
Found a hoar frost on the summit of Ragleth Hill this morning. Snapped a photo too, which Louise Lear used on the national forecast on BBC1 this lunchtime.
Remember the plans for quarterly tax returns? Simon Whaley finds out what writers need to do now, in preparation. If there’s one piece of writing most of us detest it’s completing our tax return. So when George Osborne announced in November 2015 the Making Tax […]
Here in the Welsh Borders, we’ve had a lot of weather, recently. Well, I say a lot of weather, but, of course, what I really mean is a change in the weather. Just before I moved to Shropshire from the London suburbs, my urban […]
After all the snow we’ve had, a chance to capture some sunshine and green fields!
Decided to stop as I was passing Stokesay Castle today, to take a photo. I thought it looked gorgeous in the early morning sunshine. Turns out it was a good idea after all, as Shefali used it on the main regional evening news broadcast.
It’s a dangerous game coming to the Welsh Borders to give an author talk. If you don’t believe me, ask archaeologist and historian Dr Alex Langlands, who’s a friend of this area thanks to the popular BBC2 Victorian Farm television series.
The world of writing is a bit like busses. Nothing for a ages and then three things come along all at once. Or sometimes four.
I love the way some projects take on a life of their own. Today, in St Martin’s in the Bullring (Birmingham) the third edition of the Crossing the Threshold toolkit was launched. In 2007 I wrote a book entitled , which explains to community groups […]
Writing may be a solitary occupation at times, but not all of the time. Today, I was part of Wellington Festival’s Meet The Author event. A group of us (what is the collective noun for a group of writers?) gathered in the library and set […]
Publishing is a numbers game. When a book is published, nobody really knows how many copies it will sell. They might be able to guess a rough figure during its first six months of sales, especially if the author has a track record. (Dan […]
If there’s one thing that Ludlow does well, it’s food. Local food. Well, food from the immediate environs of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and the neighbouring Welsh counties (Powys, Monmouthshire, et al).
Our grey skies seemed to be just what Rich Davies was looking for when showing Midland’s Today viewers what sort of weather we’d had today!
Last weekend I was at NAWGFest17, an excellent writers’ conference run by the National Association of Writers’ Groups. Saturday evening is Gala Dinner night, when those shortlisted in the annual writing awards gather to find out which of the is the lucky winner.
After all the rain we’ve had recently, it was nice to capture a bit of blue sky and sunshine on my walk this morning. Not sure it’s going t last, though!
I’ve a new post on my Business of Writing blog for writers this morning: Spacebar trampolining.
I’ve just updated my Business of Writing website with details of the upcoming residential courses for writers I’ve been invited to run during the rest of 2017, and in the early part of 2018.
Yay! Even when I’m on holiday, I can snap a BBC WeatherWatcher photo. Here’s my piccy on the BBC Look East regional news weather broadcast.