Spooky Time

Halloween - the name comes from the Old English 'hallowed' which means 'holy' or 'sanctified' as in the Lord's prayer "Hallowed be thy Name."  All Hallows' Evening, contracted to All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration on [...]

By |2016-10-31T17:54:15+00:0031st October 2016|News|

Homeless not Hopeless

        On the 10th October 2016 people around the world will mark World Homeless Day in many varied ways and try to change the lives of homeless people in their local community. Since its founding in 2010, World Homeless Day has [...]

By |2016-10-10T12:27:27+01:0010th October 2016|Events, News|

Shakespeare and an Encounter with Death

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago today on 23rd April 1616. He was probably 52 years old at his untimely death. By strange coincidence 52 years ago last November at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, I had an encounter [...]

By |2016-04-23T18:11:44+01:0023rd April 2016|Events, News|


In early March, Michael and I were in the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador. We were staying aboard a small ship with about 60 others, English and French. The Galapagos are [...]

By |2016-04-02T19:25:54+01:0021st March 2016|News|

Festivals should pay Authors

I applaud Philip Pullman in his decision to resign as patron of the Oxford Literary Festival because it refuses to pay authors to attend and speak.  He was right to say that writers should be paid.  They are not on [...]

By |2016-01-25T17:28:08+00:0015th January 2016|Events, News, Press|

Hello world!

My new Website goes live today - which happens to be Election Day!   I have been writing a Blog since 2008 and include on this page a selection of my earlier posts. The short stories which I have published on [...]

By |2015-05-07T13:21:05+01:007th May 2015|Events, News|

Proof Copy

The sample copies of the paperback and hardback of ‘The Lost Journey Homeward’ arrived today. After the three years of work that I have put into this book, it is amazing to finally be holding a printed copy in my [...]

By |2015-05-07T13:00:38+01:0030th April 2015|Events, News|

Myanmar to Dorset

Just got back from a great holiday with my husband Michael. We have been to Malaysia and Myanmar and the contrast between the two countries is huge. One is emerging into the modern world. The other is stuck in a [...]

By |2015-05-07T12:57:31+01:0016th March 2015|News|

Front Cover

I have just chosen one of the cover images that has been created by Leah at Onwards and Upwards Publishers. It shows a small dark house on a hill with a wild tree beside it and a starlit sky above. [...]

By |2015-05-07T13:22:45+01:0026th February 2015|News|
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