Treatment and recovery?
Yesterday I was in hospital receiving permanent seed brachytherapy to treat this annoying cancer. (Permanent seed brachytherapy consists of injecting radioactive particles into the neoplasm, the idea being that the radiation will destroy the bad cells. It’s an alternative to…Continue
Bright tidings in the dark time of the year
I’ve never been subject to Seasonal Affective Disorder, but the intrinsic melancholy of this time of year is universally acknowledged. The clocks have gone back; the (temporarily) lighter mornings compensate for the early fall of darkness, but there’s no doubting…Continue
Defusing anger at governments
A week or so ago, our Prime Minister, Theresa May, approached the podium for her keynote speech to the Conservative Party Conference – dancing to an Abba song. The scene was played on our television news broadcasts. Like many other…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue