There is a slightly doom-laden quality to January 2nd. Not only do a lot of people go back to their daily routines after the holidays, but all the mass media images of tinsel, bubbly and celebration have already morphed into bright, hard-edged images of summer holidays, weight reduction and home improvement. After a couple of […]
The only surprise is why it took me so long to discover Instagram! But I am finally posting images here and it’s feeling fine. And here’s the really nice thing – it is acting as a prompt to play more with photography, to post quick paintings and sketches and to interact with readers as […]
Are you looking for fun creative Halloween workshops in Leeds for the kids?
On Sunday the 29th of October, I will be leading two fun and free art and bookmaking workshops at the brand new Little Bookshop in Chapel Allerton. We will be making simple but cool books that kids can write their […]
Every few years I rethink my website, usually because technology has moved on and I need to catch up. This new incarnation has come about because people look at websites on mobile devices more and more so pages need to be readable at any scale. At this point, having had a number of sites, I […]
And now for the most beautiful and terrifying highlight of my summer: watching orcas at close quarters in the Straits of Gibraltar.
When the bluefin tuna run from the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea, the orcas are waiting like hitmen to pick them off for dinner. We took an astonishing three hour boat trip […]
In spring 2012, I took a ferry trip from Helsinki across the Gulf of Finland for a day trip to Tallinn.
Earlier this year I was invited to do a Top Secret project with my wonderful U.S. publisher, Candlewick Press, which published the American edition of my Blackhope Enigma trilogy.
(By the way, happy 25th birthday, Candlewick!) They were producing a series of podcasts with their authors and I was […]
I know it’s September and we’re almost at the Autumn Equinox, but technically it is still summer. I’m holding onto that thought until 21:02 this Friday, the 22nd, when I finally have to let go of summer. It’s been a rich summer season, busy with work, school and holiday time. I’ve chosen few highlights to reflect […]
I’m giving thanks for the many wonderful days this past year – and reflecting on the ones that weren’t so good. Despite enjoying the fond memories of good times, I always find I learn more from the difficult days, even if it takes a bit of time to come around to realisations. This has not been […]