Burway Books Signing

I am fortunate enough to have an independent bookshop in town, and the brilliant (if you want to know how brilliant, check out the shortlists for the independent bookshop of …

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Let The Train Take the Strain

During the last 18-months most train lines have been quiet. But here in the Welsh Borders, they were never that busy in the first place, not when compared with the …

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Never A Straight Road

I’ve just published my novel, Blooming Murder. Hooray! (Well, it’s a hooray from me, because it’s been quite a journey.) Just like many authors, the road I thought this dream would …

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A Judge’s Writing Competition Top Tips

So, you’ve decided to enter a writing competition and discovered I’m judging. Well, congratulations! You’ve certainly come to the right place. (And, actually, even if I’m not judging the competition …

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Ludlow & Bromfield

The May 2021 issue of Country Walking magazine has my six-and-a-bit stroll around Ludlow and Bromfield. Ironically, here we are just coming out of Lockdown 3, and I tackled this …

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Embrace Rejection!

Nobody likes being rejected. Especially when you’ve spent hours, weeks, months (or even years, if it’s a novel) writing something. To many writers, particularly novices, rejection is not good. And if …

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So, You Want To Be A BBC WeatherWatcher?

“Shropshire? Oooh, You’ll get a lot of weather up there!” That’s what most people in London said when they heard I was moving to Shropshire in 1997. (The next question …

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The Cultural Clun Valley

My Clun Valley feature is the front cover feature of the latest issue of The People’s Friend. Although a quiet corner of Shropshire, there’s a lot going on there, and …

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Sometimes, The Old-Fashioned Ways Are Best

If you see a bloke standing on a hill somewhere in the Welsh Borders, scribbling away in a notebook, then it’s probably me! (Do say hello!)

A couple of days ago, I was out wandering the hills doing a route for Country Walking magazine. (It’s okay, as far as Lockdown regulations were concerned, not only was I working, but I was staying local too, for the route was one I could begin from my front door.)

The ridge path on Hope Bowdler Hill

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