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June 16, 2020

Like most people, during this pandemic I've found myself thinking about the meaning of life, and more particularly death, a lot more often than I usually do. Covid 19 is still too close and raw to write about, except tangentially, but the play I've written uses what I'...

October 11, 2019

Well, my performance at Ilkley was well received (thank you to everyone who came!), and I've now put a recording of the play up on youtube for those who missed the live show. Watch here.

August 28, 2019

Well, they've got the programme out for the Ilkley Lit Festival and Fringe Festival. Scroll down to Ilkley Arts Studio (I still have to find out where that is!) to see yours truly. Because mine is quite short I've been paired up with someone I've never met - the only l...

July 29, 2019

I will be performing a short-short one-act, one-woman play at the Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe on Saturday, October 5th. Title IT'S IN THE FRIDGE, subject, being a middle-aged woman. It'll be a bit scary 'cause one of the problems with being middle-aged is having...

June 10, 2019

Just came back from Oslo, where I encountered some interesting new toilets to add to the collection I started when I was writing Bedbugs and Chamberpots: some outdoor ones in the Folk museum belonging to a block of flats from the 1950s - the first double-decker loos I...

October 10, 2018

Finally finished my new play, Suzy's Secret. It deals with some fairly serious themes - how we face up to death in our modern world, and how the deaths of our loved ones affects us - but I've tried to put a few lighter moments in there too. There's a lot here that has...

September 20, 2018

Just had an article published developing research from the chapter on 'Language' in my book, 'You Girls Stay Here'. Really interesting to see things are not always as you might have predicted, once you start digging a little deeper. Anyone interested can read the artic...

March 22, 2018

Author copies of my new book, with a 'real' publisher, just arrived through the post - rather unexpected as they are advertising May 1st as the publication date. It's been rather an eye-opener working with a publishing firm - some parts excellent, really impressive and...

March 8, 2018

My book is now up on Cambridge Scholars website, as a 'coming soon' - they say May 1st but it could be sooner. Don't rush to pre-order though, as I'm expecting it to go up with a sale price when it's first published. They seem to knock about 50% off for the first few w...

February 18, 2018

Well, I've now spent two weekends proofreading my book on gender roles in children's adventure fiction - that is, been through it twice. I could probably keep making minor adjustments forever, but no, I'm going to send it back to the typesetter tomorrow. Time to grit m...

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