Category: Blog from the Borders

Ffotograffydd Simon

Ffotograffydd Simon

Last week I took myself off to Pembrokeshire – a popular destination for those of us who live on the Welsh Borders. It’s a stunning part of the British Isles, and a region that also get sits fair share of weather, much to Snapper Simon’s pleasure. In fact, Snapper Simon was successful a couple of…

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Rickman Reveals

Rickman Reveals

Last Friday, as part of the Church Stretton Arts Festival, I went to a talk by Phil Rickman, author of the Merrily Watkins series of novels. As writers we’re frequently told to write for a specific genre, such as crime, romance, horror, thriller, mystery, fantasy, sci fi etc. But Phil’s Merrily Watkins novels don’t quite…

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Spouting Snapper Simon

Spouting Snapper Simon

A day trip to Witley Court in Worcestershire led to Snapper Simon’s latest WeatherWatcher photo … of the fountain at this English Heritage property in full spout .. or flow!

PLR – People Love Reading

PLR – People Love Reading

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 receive a royalty for each copy of our book bought…

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Little Switzerland

Little Switzerland

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 neighbours would say, “Shropshire? Ooh, you’ll get a lot of…

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Cræft in the Borders

Cræft in the Borders

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.

Crossing The Threshold

Crossing The Threshold

 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 in a clear and easy-to-understand way, how to apply for…

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Meet The Author – Wellington Library

Meet The Author – Wellington Library

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 out our stalls.

A Numbers Game

A Numbers Game

  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 Brown will probably sell one or two copies when his…

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