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.

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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.

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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 grant money from various funding organisations. 

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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.

Setting out out stalls …

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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 new one comes out next month.)

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Grey Snapper

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!

Grey April

Sometimes you wonder whether it’s worth snapping a grey sky image. Then you discover, it is!