The latest issue of The People’s Friend magazine has my travel feature about Worcester.
The February 2020 issue of Writing Magazine is out now, and my Business of Writing column looks at how writers can organise their own booksignings in WHSmiths.
Out now in the February 2020 issue of Country Walking is my 7-mile wander around Lower Whitcliffe and Wheelers Vallets – just west of Ludlow. It’s a gentle wander, perfect for taking slowly to explore the surrounding landscape, and offers some wonderful views, as well […]
Well, that was a surprise! A nice way to round off 2019 with a WeatherWatcher photo on the evening regional news forecast.
Issue 185 of The People’s Friend Special has just hit the newsstands, and it contains my feature on the Centre for Alternative Technology, near Machynlleth, Wales. It really is one of those places that you have to visit for yourself, to get a greater understanding […]
Snow! We didn’t have much, but there was enough in places on top of Ragleth Hill to feel like you’d trudged through it. It was one of those gorgeous days when the only clouds were the light, wispy ones amidst an ocean of blue – […]
In this week’s bumper, double issue of The People’s Friend, there’s an article about my visit to Europe’s biggest tinsel-making factory: Festive Productions, near Cwmbran, Wales. They’re a fantastic bunch of people there, and we had a laugh as they showed me round the factory. […]
The front cover image of the bumper, double issue of this latest issue of The People’s Friend is of Ironbridge in the snow. It’s inspired by an image the magazine found a few years ago. When they commissioned me to write the piece, I asked […]
I’ve been producing walking route descriptions for Country Walking magazine since 2004 (so my feet ache a bit now 🤣), and I always hope that my route descriptions are easy to follow. It’s not that writing route descriptions are difficult – they’re not. It’s editing […]
Have you signed up to my occasional newsletter yet? As a thank you, you’ll be sent a link to download a free collection of some of my previously published short stories (in whichever format you need – mobi (Amazon Kindle), ePub, PDF). Sign up here […]
The December issue of Outdoor Photography magazine has one of my images in their Viewpoint section. It was taken during Christmas week last year, while I was staying in Grasmere. The day had begun quite murky and misty, but I could see that it was […]
Selfridges are well known for their Christmas window displays (Check out this link for this year’s displays). But how much work goes into creating these displays and when do they start planning and designing them? Well, check out the latest issue of The People’s Friend […]
The November 2019 issue of Country Walking contains a route I did around Radnor Forest and the quaint hamlet of Bleddfa, in Powys. If you’re looking for a route where you’d be hard push to meet another soul, this is it. (I met one man […]
Check out the October issue of BBC Countryfile magazine for my Welsh Border Seven Castle Challenge. This month’s theme is castles, and sitting on the border with the country with more castles per square mile than any other country in the world, I had to […]
October marks the 40th anniversary of the death of one of this country’s most famous engineers: Barnes Wallis. To commemorate this, I’ve written a piece for the October issue of Best of British magazine looking at one of Wallis’s lesser known escapades in the Welsh […]
If you’re anywhere near Wellington Library (Shropshire) on Saturday 26th October, between 10am and 2pm, then pop in and say, “Hello!” I, along with another 20 or so authors, will be there selling our books (it’s the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping … […]
If you’ve been following my Twitter account you’ll have seen I’ve been in the Lake District for a few days. It’s been a changeable week, weatherwise, which has meant the lighting has been wonderful. After rain for most of the day yesterday, I nipped out […]
The royalty statements are in, and I can’t believe the sales figures keep growing. Thank you to everyone who bought a copy … all 271,833 of you!
My feature on Hereford appeared in The People’s Friend’s issue dated 28th September 2019. When Alex, the Features Editor, commissioned me to write it I jumped at the chance, even though the city is only 40 miles from where I live, and it’s a place […]
I’ve been on dog-sitting duties this week, looking after Betsy, the Welsh Spring Spaniel. After escaping this office this afternoon, we headed off for a wander around Ludlow’s River Teme and Whitcliffe Common. The skies were blue, the sun was shining, so I snapped a […]
I’ve been busy, recently, being interviewed by the lovely Anita Loughrey, for her Research Secrets column in Writers’ Forum magazine. It’s a fascinating column where she asks writers and authors to share their research tips. Every writer has their own way of doing things and […]
This week’s issue of The People’s Friend has my Elan Valley travel piece as the front cover image. If you’ve never been to the area before, I hope it whets your appetite – or should I say ‘wets’ your appetite 🙂 As is always the […]
Been a while since I climbed Ragleth Hill, and the weather today was just perfect for it. What frustrates me about the photo is the amount of bird poo on that rock. I’ll have to take a cloth with me next time 😝 In fact, […]
I spent the day working in Shrewsbury Library today … but nipped out lunchtime for a bit of fresh air. Shefali seemed pleased I did 🙂
Last Monday, I came out of a meeting with the Dean of Hereford Cathedral, and was greeted by a gorgeous view of the Cathedral Cloisters under a blue sky with cottonwool clouds.
The viewpoint image in this month’s Outdoor Photography magazine (July 2019 issue) was taken from Burway Hill, overlooking Caer Caradoc, The Lawley and The Wrekin. In the accompanying text, I recommend parking in Carding Mill Valley and then picking up the Burway lane, which climbs […]
The June 2019 issuse of Country Walking magazine contains my 7 ¾ mile wander around the Welsh Border village of Whitton. Whitton is one of those places that feels as if it’s in the middle of nowhere, yet is only 3 miles from the English/Welsh border.
It was glorious. There was a hint of the summer warmth to come, as the sun slowly sank behind the Long Mynd. I was on Hope Bowdler Hill, one of the quieter Stretton Hills, and not far from Caer Caradoc.
If you’re near Wellington, Shropshire tomorrow, between 10am and 2pm, then pop into the fantastic library there and come and meet a few authors.