Category: Writing

How to Get Your Head Together in the Country 1

How to Get Your Head Together in the Country

I’m having a meeting with old Perry Venus in Hay about updating the website. I think that the night thing has had its day. Something of the Night  will stand or fall without my...

Teachers getting lost 2

Teachers getting lost

When I’m teaching, I often tell my students not to worry about originality. ‘Originality,’ I tell ’em, ‘is a shibboleth. The only writer who we know for sure was original was Homer. After that,...

Lumb Bank week in the snow. 0

Lumb Bank week in the snow.

Just back from a wonderful week tutoring an Arvon course at Lumb Bank, in the hills above Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. All week, the snow stayed about a foot deep, until Friday night, when...

A Walk to Bongville 19

A Walk to Bongville

I have been waiting to read it for a year; I couldn’t afford the hardback when I saw it in the summer in the Penrallt Gallery Bookshop in Machynlleth, but when on a recent...

Novels and Kindle. 10

Novels and Kindle.

Hope springs eternal, especially in the hearts of mid-listers. This week my novels ‘In Southern Waters’ and ‘The Battle for Dole Acre’ are republished for the Kindle, and hope insists that maybe this time...

Us (us us us us) and Them (them them them them) 7

Us (us us us us) and Them (them them them them)

It has been a very interesting experience making the programme for Radio Four about the North/South divide. As I followed the line across England on the map drawn up by Prof. Danny Dorling of...