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This is my blog about running when I’m meant to be writing.

Also contains fiction.


Evening dolphins

February 21, 2021

Saw dolphins Read more

Things I have loved during lockdown

February 18, 2021

When we come out of this, will we have changed? Read more

Seven (or eight) things from lockdown that I didn’t think would ever happen

February 14, 2021

Lockdown surprises Read more


Motivate me…

February 7, 2021

hanging on in there Read more

Oh gawd, OK #running #100km

February 1, 2021

Dog’s excited. I mean, he’s really excited. Read more

A few lockdown home-ed hacks (in case it helps)

January 4, 2021

A few lockdown life hacks that we picked up on the way, in case it helps 😊 Read more

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2021

It’s going to be great, right? (It’s not going to be great.) Read more

Great South Run Solo – a chance to support the NHS and burn off the lockdown lard

September 1, 2020

A little chance to reclaim something from, or for, 2020 Read more

The end, the beginning, the weirdness

August 28, 2020

Lay the fire. Place the books on the cushions, and throw a blanket over the chair. Consider, first, a run in the late summer rain.  Read more

The A Level and GCSE position – UK, 2020 – one parent’s perception

August 17, 2020

Our young people have worked through the most astonishing year, and are still hoping for a healthy, educated, employed future. Read more


August 10, 2020

Lucky Read more

Coming down

August 7, 2020

Normal is broken. Read more

Swimming in Llyn Llydaw in a gale

August 5, 2020

Swimming in Llyn Llydaw in a gale. Read more

Llyn Idwal (and a 60mph wind)

August 4, 2020

Bit blowy. Read more

Remedial mountain action (Snowdon Ranger Path)

August 2, 2020

Diolch 😊 Read more

Yr Wyddfa – Rhyd Ddu path – and a nightmare

August 2, 2020

Well, this was fun. Read more

Llyn Bochlwyd and Tryfan Far South Peak

July 31, 2020

Thank you, Llyn Bochlwyd ❤ Read more

This Lockdown Life: HALFWAY TO A HUNDRED

July 27, 2020

100/2 Read more

This lockdown life: the escape

July 25, 2020

I want a Black Abba t-shirt. Read more

Turning 50

July 18, 2020

Happiness: found it. Read more

This lockdown life: the meaning of smiles

July 9, 2020

Trying to smile Read more

Things that will or will not change after lockdown

June 27, 2020

What will we do? Read more

Stuff that’s going on: current short fiction competitions

May 23, 2020

Excitings. Read more

The Irish Times: What’s Your Nightmare Job and Why?

May 3, 2020

On-brand. Read more

An Easter message to the people sitting in the parks and on the beaches

April 12, 2020

Stay safe and stay apart – but know you’re not alone. Read more

COVID-19: where to start?

March 29, 2020

Uncertainty is a void. Nature is beautiful. Beautiful does not mean kind. Read more

National Trust: I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year (Poetry Collections)

January 24, 2020

A nature poem for every day of the year. Read more

Pan’s Labyrinth (in Spanish)

January 18, 2020

Beautifully written and produced but shocking. Read more

January Running Distance Challenge

January 5, 2020

I should not be allowed “oooh” moments on the internet. Read more

It’s New Year’s Resolution time

December 31, 2019

That’ll do. Read more

Writing to music

December 23, 2019

Here’s a post I’ll get round to finishing one day maybe. (I won’t.) Read more

Bananas and birds – terrible things

November 7, 2019

Bananas and birds – a series of terrible things Read more

Eden half-marathon (my first!)

October 14, 2019

I can’t believe how lucky I am that this was my first half-marathon. Read more

When to give up?

September 29, 2019

Ridiculous, but. Read more

Bookmarking the moment (running update: cracked shin)

September 26, 2019

EXCELLENT. Read more

SNUGGLES at 101 Fiction

September 14, 2019

100-word horror at 101 Fiction. Read more

Scafell Pike in a gale (and soggy pillows)

September 6, 2019

The classic British camping experience. Read more

Reading: The Choice by Edith Eger

August 22, 2019

Inspiring and demanding book. Read more


August 13, 2019

Inspirations. Read more

Old homes

August 7, 2019

An old life revisited. Read more

Tryfan, of course (Bwlch, not summit)

July 29, 2019

You can’t stay long. Read more

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Ranger path with 3 children

July 26, 2019

Relaxing and pretty all the way down. Read more

Not the Rhyd Ddu path: hiking in the mountains while injured (Llyn Idwal)

July 25, 2019

Silent, staring, muddy, sweaty, bug-eyed mass of monosyllables. Read more

Pop the cork! The importance of celebrating the good times

July 22, 2019

Pop. The. Cork. Read more

Review: the everrumble by Michelle Elvy

June 24, 2019

This is the best book I’ve read in a decade. Read more

The terrible, dreaded TBR pile

June 12, 2019

My TBR is a monster of many parts. Read more

Race for Life 2019 (Penzance)

June 6, 2019

Possibly the most fun group run I’ve ever done.  Read more

Going up Pen Y Gogarth – The Great Orme

May 15, 2019

Fabulous. Fun. Funny. Beautiful. Easy. Gorgeous. Read more

Places that find me

May 14, 2019

When I don’t know where to turn, this is where I end up. Read more

Running up Godolphin Hill (Godolphin Trust 10)

April 28, 2019

Very pretty little organised trail run, options on 5km or 10km. Read more

Walking up Mount Vesuvius – vulcano e vino

April 18, 2019

I was the mother who sprinted down a volcano, trailing three kids and clutching a bottle of Lacryma Christi. Always a good look. Read more


April 17, 2019

Best Microfiction 2019. Read more

Children’s book review: Mole’s Sunrise by Jeanne Willis

March 6, 2019

Age 3-7y: an understated story about friendship and inclusion, and playing to abilities rather than disabilities.  Read more

Each Peach Pear Plum and the comfort of mum-hugs

February 11, 2019

I threw out the old board books with their torn-off flaps and chewed corners… Read more

Clearing out junk and listening to author interviews

January 29, 2019

Authors making a difference in the world through their stories and projects Read more

Where are the quiet, male heroes in children’s literature?

January 25, 2019

Where, in children’s literature, do we reward simple, enduring decency with a prize that children might actually want?  Read more

Book review – The Only Child by Guojing

January 17, 2019

Gorgeous illustrated, wordless children’s book. ‘I need another book now,’ said my son, ‘to read until my throat is OK.’  Read more

Brown Willy: the hill of swallows

January 13, 2019

Love Brown Willy. Read more

Christmas holiday reading list

December 30, 2018

This is 2019. Bottoms up. Read more

Two great kids’ outdoor craft books: The Little Book of Whittling by Chris Lubkemann and Rock Art by Denise Scicluna

December 30, 2018

A couple of lovely craft books for kids. Read more

House, Parlour, Pigsty, Petty – Merry Christmas

December 22, 2018

In the land of strong tea and chiming clocks. Read more

Happy Solstice

December 21, 2018

Solstice wildness and new starts. Read more

Moonpoop and friends: lost stories and childhood memories

December 17, 2018

I grew up with her! Read more

Running with 500 people – Remembrance Day 2018

November 11, 2018

Running till your legs give way beneath you teaches you a lot about your legs. Read more

On reading with your own child in school

November 8, 2018

Reading with your child in school can show you a very different reader. Read more

Running up waterfalls

November 5, 2018

Let’s run up a waterfall, swim where the mythical stag swam, and peer out over the valleys from the lake up near the sky.  Read more

Only in English

October 27, 2018

Back from Barcelona. Read more


Failure and rejection

October 16, 2018

Rejection makes me want to pull my chin fat right up over my head, and hide inside my own bubble until everyone has gone away Read more

Smiles and miles: a few tips for taking small children up mountains

October 14, 2018

‘Mum, Mum, Mum, can you look after my rock parrot, please?’  Read more

Planning to read Romany and Raq with my children (wildlife and night walks)

October 7, 2018

A series of wildlife books (and radio series) written and presented by the Rev. George Bramwell Evens (1884–1943). Read more

Reading with seven-year-olds (turn, turn, turn)

September 25, 2018

If only. Read more

A note to my children in defiance of all things illness-related

September 15, 2018

I know the best place in the world to play catch. Read more

Autumn… fall… the season of spiders

September 4, 2018

The ceiling corners have filled up with spiders: it must be time to write. Read more

I ran a race and I liked it

September 2, 2018

Didn’t die, all good. Read more

It’s Not A Race

August 27, 2018

Things I will do for beer. Read more

Cader Idris and a lot of fog

August 23, 2018

Sitting at the very top of a mountain in thick fog with two exhausted children gave me a moment’s reflection. Read more

Taking the kids shopping in HAY ON WYE

August 19, 2018

Books, books, books, books, books (and ice-cream). Read more

Big Old Fanny: Fan y Big (it’s a hill!)

August 18, 2018

Lovely, child-friendly walk (in good weather). Read more

Corn Du and Pen y Fan (easy walk for children)

August 16, 2018

A quick hello from South Wales. Read more

Swim for Logan 2018

August 6, 2018

By the last 300 yards, I’m feeling proper floppy. Read more

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Miners’ path with 3 children (and I fall in love with Glaslyn)

August 4, 2018

Absolutely, completely brilliant. Read more

Hurling jellyfish

July 17, 2018

Broken is not the same as beaten. Read more

A tea party from The Magic Faraway Tree (and taking fiction back into real life)

June 29, 2018

Sweet book — think Narnia for younger kids. Fantastic for seven-year-olds, and mums. Read more

In the Kingdom of Overwhelm (writing about chronic illness)

June 25, 2018

Overwhelm is a place. Read more

PLUM SKIN — in RIPENING, NFFD Anthology 2018

June 10, 2018

NFFD anthology available to order, and Flash Flood open for submissions until Wednesday. Read more

Race for Life

June 7, 2018

Very sweet little fun run. Read more

THERE WILL BE NO LACE — Flashback Fiction

May 14, 2018

Historical microfiction up at Flashback Fiction. Read more

THE WHALE – Necessary Fiction

April 4, 2018

Flash fiction published. Read more

If I won the lottery, I’d build a reading garden

March 20, 2018

Little life goals. Read more

What do children like to read?

March 19, 2018

There’s only one way to find out whether a book will be read and enjoyed, or not. Read more

I read The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

March 18, 2018

The Lost Words, a “modern spell book” about wildlife, written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. Read more

Mother’s Day

March 11, 2018

Peace. Read more

Reading Born To Run: The Hidden Tribe, The Ultra-Runners, and The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

February 14, 2018

Exhilarating. Read more

2018 Reads to recommend

February 6, 2018

A few things I’ve read recently. Read more

Reading Paver’s Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series for children (and could we survive in the wild?)

February 3, 2018

Love these. Read more

Christmas: season of joy or giant overwhelm?

December 20, 2017

Every year. Read more

Back down from the mountain

September 18, 2017

In which I run like a gazelle. Or something. Read more

Llyn Idwal — a mountain lake swim and an ideal walk for a six-year-old

August 24, 2017

Beautiful. Read more

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Part 3: The Llanberis path and Hafod Eryri

August 23, 2017

This, perhaps, was happiness. Read more

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Part 2: the prep and clobber involved in taking children up hills (and my kit list)

August 22, 2017

Sort of ready. Read more

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon – Part 1: do I take my children up?

August 21, 2017

Trying to decide whether to take my children up their first mountain. Read more

Adventuring again

August 20, 2017

Eeeee-aiiii-addddio… Read more

Swim for Logan charity swim for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

August 6, 2017

Yes to life. Read more

Wearing the sea

July 22, 2017

I love it. Read more

Reading Roxane Gay and talking about fat

July 6, 2017

A book that made me go on a bit about fat. Read more

The story of Mr B

July 5, 2017

What right do you have to be here? Read more

Short short short stories (adult and child writers)

June 29, 2017

A couple of tiny story competitions (25 – 100 words). Read more

Watching a few episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale (TV adaptation)

June 12, 2017

File category: things that rattled me. Read more

Holes by Louis Sachar

May 7, 2017

Book = great, film = also great. Read more

My copy of The Bell Jar

April 10, 2017

It’s a quirky book and it belongs with me. Read more

250-word challenge #storygym

March 29, 2017

Write a 250-word story without using the letter “e”. Read more

The school librarian

March 6, 2017

‘Come here, look! Look!’ Read more

Writing opportunities for children

February 23, 2017

When children write, who reads their work? Read more

OCCASIONALLY — Bath Flash Fiction anthology, To Carry Her Home

February 20, 2017

I have a piece in the Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology. Read more

Halfway through that brilliant new project that no longer looks like such a great idea

February 8, 2017

I distinctly remember the pits of the wee small hours when I thought, damn, I hate this. Read more

Looking back to the lost pieces

January 12, 2017

The other day I found a handful of old, published micro-fictions that I’d forgotten about. Read more

On short stories in which nothing happens (writing with children)

January 4, 2017

With short stories, is it OK if nothing happens? Read more

Hello, 2017

January 1, 2017

Cassiopeia. Read more

The last day of 2016

December 31, 2016

Goodnight, 2016. Read more

The battle of Christmas tree vs. 2016

December 22, 2016

Needles, mud, water, baubles flying, a child’s finger trapped between buckets (retrieved intact), and shouts of “Too heavyyyy!” Read more

The freelancer versus employee debate — Who wants to be Whale 52?

December 21, 2016

I need to decide what I value more: belonging or freedom?  Read more

Please can we keep Father Christmas under control?

December 14, 2016

Let Mum and Dad dish out the expensive gear? Read more

Quirky books: The Times Concise History of the World

December 7, 2016

Welcome to the Library of Odd. Read more

Best reference books for children aged 3 to 12 years?

December 5, 2016

What are the best non-fiction books for children aged 3-12y? Did you have a reference book that you loved as much as a novel? Read more

To the music

November 2, 2016

Transplants me. Forgets to put me back. Read more

Shortlisted — Bath Flash Fiction Award

October 31, 2016

Bath Flash Fiction Award news and lists. Read more

SMILE up at 101 Fiction – Hallowe’en issue

October 30, 2016

New microfiction up at 101 Fiction. Read more


October 23, 2016

Community cringe. Read more

Which are the most beautiful (or weird/furry/ugly) children’s books?

October 20, 2016

Bring me your beautiful, ugly, weird, and furry books. Read more

2016 School library update

October 11, 2016

I’m trying to help build a kids’ library — looking for brilliant book ideas. Read more


October 3, 2016

This summer I took up pier jumping. Read more

After ten years of volunteering in school

September 27, 2016

I’d rather yank out my own stitches than miss a chance to read with children, but I also need to belong. Read more

The landscapes that dwarf us

September 22, 2016

It feels permanent; we hope it is. Read more

Wild storytelling with Grendalilly and Two Shoes

September 7, 2016

After days of trekking, paddling and swimming, when it was too dark to read and I was almost too tired to speak, I got the… Read more

Guardian Witness

September 6, 2016

A little creative outlet if you like photos and captions. Read more

Review: ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

September 4, 2016

This book took me places I haven’t been for a long time. I felt it. Read more


August 29, 2016

A review. Read more

EVERYTHING LOVE IS by Claire King (@ckingwriter)

July 28, 2016

Claire King’s second novel, EVERYTHING LOVE IS, is out this week, and I recommend it. Read more

Summer updates and two summer reads

July 21, 2016

It’s been a horrible year but hey, it’s summer and that means READING. Plus I love Lari Don’s new book. Read more

The Chree

June 14, 2016

I couldn’t love you more. Read more

Boys, boys, boys

June 10, 2016

Our boys are fully capable of imagination, empathy, interest, and spectacular writing of their own. They need to choose what they read unhindered by adult… Read more


May 25, 2016

Free imaginary sheep. Read more

The Grammatical Kittens and other SPaGs

May 10, 2016

Grammar and kittens. Read more

Reading The Hobbit aloud to children

March 8, 2016

‘Is it a pill you take before you get married?’ Read more

THE STONE BABY — Blue Five Notebook

February 29, 2016

THE STONE BABY is published at Blue Five Notebook, with author commentary about the lithopedion. Read more

And so I read SKELLIG

February 24, 2016

Not just for children. Read more


February 22, 2016

Microfiction at The Pygmy Giant. Read more

Creative nonfiction: should we write about the people we know?

February 13, 2016

We might be writers, but not all stories are ours to tell. Read more

Children’s books — my 2016 reading list

January 12, 2016

This year, I’m going to read Skellig and about a hundred others. Watch this space. Read more


The rain bird

November 25, 2015

The yaffle, or rain bird, plays beside my house. Read more

It’s been twenty years since I wrote a love letter

November 18, 2015

Love letters represent a brazen courage. Read more

Words that should exist: Smugnome

November 15, 2015

More smug than gnome. Read more

Bridport 2015 shortlist

October 17, 2015

The Bridport 2015 results are out. Read more


October 7, 2015

Nothing like a bit of purple. Read more

Morrab Library book sale and a copy of AMBIT

September 27, 2015

How gorgeous is this? Read more

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee — erm, is it supposed to look like that?

July 17, 2015

Oops. Read more

Books for children — which titles would you buy?

July 16, 2015

What are your three favourite books for children aged 4-11? Read more

MR STINK at Penlee Theatre

July 12, 2015

Brilliant. Read more

Little Fest stories and poetry at Penlee Theatre

July 11, 2015

Well done Penzance Litfest for laying on such a lovely afternoon. Read more

LONDON — in LANDMARKS, NFFD Anthology 2015

June 16, 2015

Sodium rain. Pre-bomb Victoria. Crowd sweating burgers and perfume. Read more

WIND SPINNER on the Fictionaut blog

May 26, 2015

The clink of metal on metal does not disturb her. Read more

Shortlisted (Queensferry Press, Best Small Fictions 2015)

April 8, 2015

Listed, yey! Read more

Writing Short Stories (nice surprises and new starts)

January 21, 2015

Love this. Read more

MAYBE A FOX — Ink Sweat and Tears

January 13, 2015

Flash fiction, online at Ink Sweat and Tears. Read more

So who is Father Christmas?

December 15, 2014

“Who is Father Christmas?” Read more

Just this

November 28, 2014

sadness and dreams of rising from ashes :: yes, metazen is dead.— frank hinton (@frankhinton) November 24, 2014 metazen (now some horrible non-lit site). 2016… Read more

The perfect writing competition?

October 25, 2014

Stories have been read. Read more

Does anyone know where I can find the anchoress story, please?

October 6, 2014

A few years ago, I read a story about an anchoress. Read more

If I could change one thing about my writing career…

September 22, 2014

I’d have a writing buddy. One who likes big, wet rocks overlooking the sea, and who doesn’t mind embarrassing dogs. Read more

The Rogue Theatre Summer Ball

August 28, 2014

If you want to see short stories in the wild, before we tame them or trap them in books, you need to head over to… Read more

Stories that I tell my children #1 The Bookcase and the Boy

August 11, 2014

The story with no name that I promised my son. Read more

Review: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

August 6, 2014

I just read A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride. Read more

Forty-four (Eighty-eight)

July 27, 2014

I’m going to live until I’m eighty-eight. Read more

Morrab Library

July 19, 2014

Filed under ‘cultural pearls’. Read more


June 30, 2014

In which someone new asked me how my writing was going. Read more


June 25, 2014

Nooooooo! Read more

Website design & how I started blogging @TheThemeFoundry

June 24, 2014

Cheers m’dears! Read more


June 6, 2014

Flash fiction in the National Flash Fiction Day anthology, 2014. Read more

#bookadayuk — June 2014

June 5, 2014

Books, every day. Read more

The abandoned things

May 20, 2014

They beckon. Read more

My submissions diary

May 12, 2014

Here are my playgrounds. Read more

Small social deaths: the literary gaffe (and a literary sofa, and a literary giant)

May 9, 2014

I have not used the word ‘dollop’ since. Read more

So who puts mahoosive porkies on their writing CV?

April 23, 2014

I’m Queen…? Read more

Love this: nickname

March 21, 2014

Late middle English, OBVIOUSLY. Read more


March 15, 2014

The other day I looked at my grey hair and receding gums and thought, I’m sure I was about twenty last time I checked. Or… Read more

Lost lands and old stories

February 24, 2014

Beautiful doesn’t, however, mean safe. Read more

Plots, pants, etc

January 20, 2014

I’ve heard a lot about ‘plotters and pantsers’ — there are enough articles (sss, ssss), and obviously my favourite would be this one, but that’s not… Read more


December 17, 2013

Flash fiction online at Metazen. Read more


December 8, 2013

How I carry on writing (200 words, online at Mslexia). Read more

I have moved!

December 5, 2013

I sit in a puddle of my own making, frightened and alone- Read more

Northwrite — collaborative fiction

November 1, 2013

Comment on collaborative fiction, online at Northwrite. Read more

Working for free

October 14, 2013

“Why would you start on a career if it’s not just impossible, but improper, to expect payment?” Read more

Gravity spine poems

August 18, 2013

Making poems out of the titles of books. Read more

An alternative writer’s retreat? Adventuring in the Scillies

August 17, 2013

We shook the plaster dust out of our hair, stepped onto a little boat, and sailed to the Scillies. Read more

The World’s Fastest Flower by Charlotte Simmonds

August 3, 2013

I received an absolutely gorgeous surprise this morning; a package containing THE WORLD’S FASTEST FLOWER by Charlotte Simmonds, a beautiful and evocative book of poems… Read more

Forays: Madron Well

July 28, 2013

Yes! Seen it! (2017 update.) Read more

A few competition links

July 4, 2013

Open now. Read more

A COIN, TWO COINS — What The Dickens? ‘The Busker’ Anthology

June 23, 2013

Flash fiction, available on Kindle. Read more

Heads up on flash fiction

June 21, 2013

Yesterday was International Flash Fiction Day — an incredible global outpouring of tiny pieces of fiction, including Flash Mob and National Flash Fiction Day, which… Read more

Flash Mob ’13: Lots of groovy flash (and… me)

June 20, 2013

So, you know that scene in Bridget Jones when she turns up to a party dressed as a bunny girl? I’m one of those people.… Read more


June 15, 2013

Flash fiction in the NFFD 2013 anthology, SCRAPS. Available as Kindle or print copy. Read more

ALL PROUD — Flash Mob 2013

June 10, 2013

Flash fiction, highly commended in Flash Mob 2013, available to read online. Read more

NFFD 2013

June 4, 2013

The NFFD 2013 anthology acceptances have been announced. Read more

A most excellent book dedication

June 4, 2013

I have been sorting through our book archives, and finding pearls. Read more

Being compar’d

May 26, 2013

Sixty or seventy years after she absorbed Macbeth, I did the same, and we underlined the same words. Read more

On Goodreads

May 23, 2013

I’ve joined Goodreads — I’m here (do get in touch!), and I’ll try to hook up to my reviews when I post them. I’ve always felt… Read more

Flowery prose

May 5, 2013

I’ve dropped some flowers onto the blog. Read more

From the sublime…

May 1, 2013

The deadline was midnight. Read more

Thank YOU, World Book Day — for making us cry

March 7, 2013

World Book Day just made my children cry. Great. Read more

One man’s meat: Which writing competitions should you enter?

February 15, 2013

The gist was, “I’m only entering small competitions because I’m not good enough to enter the big ones.” Read more

What’s a typical debut novel advance?

February 11, 2013

A one-book deal might produce about £5,000. Maybe. Or nothing. Or a million. Read more

Reading: The Night Rainbow by Claire King

February 4, 2013

Review. Read more

Reading: Mother America by Nuala Ní Chonchúir

December 27, 2012

Mother America by Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Read more

The Next Big Thing

December 17, 2012

Unpublishable. Read more

Other people’s shorts

December 6, 2012

Other people’s shorts Read more

Conversations with S. Teri O’Type by Christopher Allen

September 14, 2012

“And where’s your dog?” Teri asks. “I don’t have one? Where’s yours?” “Cary Grant’s getting his nails done.” Read more

Why I have not bought a Kindle

July 12, 2012

I love Kindle — I’ve used it (far) more than hard copy this year — but what I don’t need is another device. Read more

The books we read (versus the books we expect to read)

June 30, 2012

Hands up, who’s failed to read a literary “must”? You know the one, the book with the gold-plated reviews, the one with its own stand in… Read more

Are you about to peak — or are you past your writing prime?

June 23, 2012

In terms of writing, I don’t believe that age limits… anything at all. Read more

Housewife with a Half-Life — Author interview with A. B. Wells

June 18, 2012

Author interview with AB Wells. Read more

At 2am

June 11, 2012

Tell me a dream, a good dream. Read more

All About Flash — NZ

May 31, 2012

Some lovely definitions of flash fiction up at All About Flash on the National Flash fiction Day NZ website. Read more

Wet kennings

May 22, 2012

We watched a bumble bee fly out to sea and I asked him to explain how the bumble bee flies and he cracked a joke. Read more


May 15, 2012

Flash fiction anthology. Read more

ALMOST on Wiltshire radio

May 15, 2012

groovy Read more


May 9, 2012

My microfiction Ripening and nanofiction Almost are published in Flash Fiction Southwest’s anthology for National Flash Fiction Day: Kissing Frankenstein and Other Stories. Thanks to… Read more

THE COWARD’S TALE and author interview with Vanessa Gebbie

April 22, 2012

A. N. Wilson voted it his book of the year, it’s been compared to work by Dylan Thomas and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and on 28… Read more

Highly commended in 2012

March 12, 2012

A big thank you to Writers’ Forum Magazine for shortlisting/highly commending my stories in Issue #122 (January 2012), Issue #126 (May 2012) and Issue #135 (Jan… Read more

Why do we write (letters)?

January 28, 2012

I will never throw away those letters, even though the senders are now in their forties and would laugh hysterically if I were to show… Read more

The Normblog Profile 401: Martha Williams

December 23, 2011

The Normblog profile 401: Martha Williams. Read more

Too young to write, too old to count

November 22, 2011

While experience provides a wealth of stories to be mined, there is definitely a place for the brave, the idealistic… the clear, strong voice of… Read more

Are you a hermit?

October 7, 2011

In 1994, aged twenty-three, I stood in front of several hundred delegates in a hotel in South Kensington, and tried not to pee myself. Read more

Jonathan Pinnock, Proxima Books, and Tentacles — It’s Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens!

September 25, 2011

This post has been transferred in from a previous blog.  My thanks to  all who contributed or commented.  Jonathan, huge congratulations on the publication of… Read more

Words for Breakfast (and why we love longlists and Tania Hershman)

April 22, 2011

This post has been transferred in from a previous blog. Thanks to  all who contributed or commented.  The munching noise you hear… the slurping, the… Read more

PAY ATTENTION: A RIVER OF STONES (two mindful nano pieces)

February 16, 2011

Two mindful nano pieces. Read more

JOSHUA’S HAND – Cazart Flash Fiction

September 1, 2010

JOSHUA’S HAND won runner-up prize in the Cazart Flash Fiction competition and was included in the Jul-Sep 2010 Winners and Runners Up anthology (p.28 – read online… Read more


February 24, 2009

Hi, welcome to my new blog — things will be trickling in slowly (but steadily). Do come in and have a rummage. Read more

My early TV career: 2. Women who drink too much

February 29, 2000

Call my agent. Read more

My early TV career: 1. The Worst Dressed Person at the Royal Show

February 29, 2000

Posh up for the PIG! Read more