Catching up: latest novel wins five-star reviews!
For several weeks I’ve been leaving notes to myself: Write more blog posts. I’ve ignored them because I’ve been very busy with editing (more about that in another blog – watch this space), teaching, working on the folktale film project (yet another…Continue
New novel will be available within weeks
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO SOCIETY IF CRIME BECAME IMPOSSIBLE… INCONCEIVABLE? AND WHAT DIABOLICAL MACHINATIONS COULD MAKE THIS HAPPEN? IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT, READ THE ENGKLIMASTAT (Engklimastat (noun): that which prevents or stops law-breaking. Gk egklima, law-breaking, + stat)…Continue
Evolution of the domestic dog
Two separate shifts in scientific opinion about the domestic dog have happened during the past few years. It’s interesting to consider them together. One shift came from a detailed molecular genetic study of canines, which revealed such a close similarity…Continue
Should we be scared of the ‘extreme right’?
During the past few days, three more mass shootings have occurred in the USA. In at least two of those cases, the motivation of the gunman seems to have been antagonism to immigrants and non-White people. Some commentators have attributed…Continue
We have a new prime minister
Boris Johnson has achieved his long-term (lifelong?) ambition by becoming the new U.K. prime minister. His primary aim is to ensure that Brexit happens by 31st October, deal or no deal. He has therefore appointed a right-wing, pro-Brexit cabinet comprising…Continue
First blog for months!
It’s been a busy time since May, but it should never be too busy to post a blog. Call it selective laziness. Anyway, conscience (or something) has summoned me with a faint but persistent trumpet blast, so now I’m writing…Continue
The FIrst Glossop BookFest: July 6th, 2019
Thanks to the initiative and drive of my friend Nicola Worsick, author and illustrator of the Captain Cuthbert and Scat the Cat books for children, ably supported by my outstanding fellow-author Pamela Turton, we’re running a BookFest in Glossop on Saturday July…Continue
Having been furiously busy with editing for the previous three weeks I awarded myself a two-day holiday in Whitby, taking the train there on Thursday 18th April and returning on Saturday 20th. A twelve-hour day of catching up with backlog…Continue
Is climate change a matter for debate?
Apparently the answer is “Yes”, though in some cases ‘debate’ seems a less apposite description than ‘tirade’ or ‘tantrum’. President Trump is not alone in declaring the notion of climate change a ‘hoax’. Two weeks ago, Sir David Attenborough presented…Continue
Are we eroding the right to freedom of speech (and thought)?
A little while ago, the Australian rugby union fullback Israel Folau posted a message on Instagram stating that drunkards, thieves, homosexuals and atheists were destined for Hell. As a result, Folau has been ejected from the Australian team for making…Continue