Ted Hughes coming out of the radio

I have been wondering recently if the world of the poem (the one that is currently not-here, just out of … More

The Parable of the Book (free eBook)

For those of you who have been enjoying my series of adventures with ‘the book’, here is a free eBook … More

Because failure is assured

Recently I have been reading the exquisite prose of Janna Malamud Smith, in her book-length meditation on creativity: An Absorbing Errand: … More

Influences: Martin Wilson

One of the biggest influences on my life, let alone my writing, is Martin Wilson. I should know; he’s my … More

Now the silences are right

   I am completely torn apart -Rupert Loydell When I first read Raymond Carver’s Fires I loved and understood all of it, … More

The bow and the lyre

I followed a lead, nudged by a hunch, and it brought me here. The book is In Their Own Words (edited by … More

Publish more!

I was at a thing recently. Not my thing, a good thing. Luminosity filled the evening. In the pouring of … More

What’s next?

My main memory of watching The West Wing is the way Martin Sheen would wrap up discussions with his staff by … More