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After the holiday, more going-in-threes…



What a great few days in the Yorkshire Dales! The cottage was miles from the nearest village and couldn’t have been quieter or more peaceful. It was also comfortable. Moreover, it was the ideal centre for visiting the places I…

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Another novel finished and submitted!



With reference to my two most recent blogs (Everything goes in threes and In praise of small independent publishing houses), I’ve spent an intensive fortnight unearthing the 78,000 word draft of a novel, which several years ago I deemed unsatisfactory…

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In praise of small independent publishing houses



It’s generally accepted that today’s big fiction publishers – and, a fortiori, most literary agents – won’t take on a manuscript from a new author unless they expect it to be either a best seller or a prize-winner, or (in…

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Everything goes in threes



A week ago, Wednesday 8th August, I went to see my consultant surgeon to get the results of a biopsy taken on 18th July. The results told me I’ve got cancer. It’s a small, localised and by no means life-threatening…

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Sporting contests



Nearly all of us enjoy one or more sports, as participants or observers or both. Born in Northern England shortly after the end of the Second World War, I was brought up among people – men, at least – who…

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More successes



We’ve started the folktale filming project. For readers who didn’t see the relevant blog a few weeks ago, Tim Knebel of Peak in the Past and I have secured a grant to enable us to make films of folktales originating…

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Good new pieces of fiction in the offing – recommended!



In 2011, the year my Folktales of the Peak District entered the public domain, my friend Hank Quense published to two satirical science fiction novels: Zaftan Entrepreneurs and Zaftan Miscreants. They were eye-wateringly funny, and I remember recommending them to…

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Highs and lows



During the past few weeks a few things have happened in my life to raise my spirits. First, Chapel-en-le-Frith Arts has at last been granted charitable status, after a long succession of frustrations and a good deal of correspondence. My…

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Definitely Spring!



As I predicted in a recent blog, a few days of fine sunny weather have released the coiled Spring. Within 72 hours, bare branches have become green, flowers have bloomed, cherry and magnolia blossoms have brightened our gardens. It’s raining…

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Spring and its associated hopes



The past winter was at its most severe during March, so spring is late. Resident birds were cranking up their mating songs during the blizzard five weeks ago, and migrants such as curlews returned to the moors from the marches…

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