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August 17, 2019

Daydreamer by Bull House, Lewes - home of Tom Paine

Image and words from Black/White:Read, August 2019

Photographs of rebels, daydreamers, eccentric places and the stories they've inspired.

Good morning, Tom. Here we are again. He who dares not offend cannot be hones...

August 17, 2019

Lewes Bonfire Boys and Girls

Image and words from the photography exhibition Black/White:Read, August 2019

Don’t you be frought of knuckers or any beast. True enough, Sussex is riddled. Water monsters in their bottomless knuckerholes, stinking gurt serpents in the woods,...

July 14, 2019

31 Sussex words to love

Walking a whapple-way

Finding a delicious new word makes my day. I like forgotten or obscure words best, those that make me wonder or giggle. The other day I stumbled into Reverend Parish’s Dictionary of Sussex Dialect from 1875. Hooray!

I kne...

July 2, 2019

Using photographs to spark creativity

Why I found it so hard and how to make it work.

It’ll be easy, I thought:

  • Complete writing rituals, as normal.

  • Look at the photographs.

  • Gonzo (my creative brain) will hop up and down (the way she does) yelling a kerzilli...

June 15, 2019

The trick is knowing where to start. Not at the beginning, there’s no time for it. 

I need to grab the reader by the collar, yank them into the crucial place and time, when this fascinating person meets that irresistible problem, moment of wonder or wisdom....

May 19, 2019

Yesterday, I went to the moon.

It was suspended over a pond: a portrait of the moon in three dimensions, seven metres across and every centimetre accurate.

The Museum of the Moon is being shown around the world, because the moon has meaning to all peoples, and the artist...

April 28, 2019

Once upon a time, I pooh-poohed writing rituals. Gonzo, my creative brain, is as disobedient as she’s frolicsome: she wouldn’t stand for structure.


I seem to have collected, apparently accidentally, writing habits odd enough for Gonzo to have picked them. Though...

February 23, 2019

Word after word, sentence by sentence you fly through your imagined world, hand in hand with your made-up friend, soaring cause to effect towards the perfect ending, just beyond the horizon, over that glorious rise.

Wait. It’s flat. Where are we? No, not that word, but...

February 3, 2019

Any minute now, we’ll all have robots in our homes. Hoorah!

Even better, we won’t have to go to the office, because another robot will be doing our job - with greater reliability, less resentment, no swearing, or taking a suspiciously long time to make tea, or maintaini...

January 6, 2019

On reading that it's Hot Tea Month, my first thought was: Hooray! I know exactly how to celebrate that.

My second was: Hang on, when isn't is it?

To me, you see, every day of the year is the perfect day for the everyday magic of tea.

A mug of tea is a smile (the bigger t...

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Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative and gently literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.


You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

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My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

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