Letters to the press

Sadly 10 years after writing to The Independent the word ‘honour’ is still used to describe brutal murders.

Honesty is the best policy

Theresa May is right in saying Islamist attacks have one thing in common : an evil ideology. Silence as to where that ideology came from is to continue despite the government having the facts at their fingertips. Karren Brady [...]

The Truth is best told through fiction

Relevant ‘Start the Week’ on BBC Radio4  this morning . In a time of invented facts fiction can  tell the truth. I understand completely where Miranda Doyle is coming from ‘fictionalising’ her memoir. I have been on a similar [...]

Thank YOU, the Madras Courier!

I am over the moon with this mind-blowingly wonderful review of Brushstrokes in Time  in the Madras Courier and  on their website too.
The Madras Courier
The free on line quality newspaper is reaching almost half million people mostly [...]


I am very fortunate in the support I am getting. The poet Jenny Lewis posted this wonderful review on facebook. The success of the audio book is down to the  passion and enterprise of Catherine O’Brien  of Essential Audiobooks [...]

Life stories and why you should write yours.

I have written mini biographies of 120 people for the Castaway Series in Oxfordshire Limited Edition magazine.  Those features have been turned into 3 books in support of charities.  At the Stratford Literary Festival last year I was asked [...]

My photo writ large! No hiding place!

I emailed Andy French about the history of KOA and the question mark over its future. Instead  he wrote about me!

Oxford Times Article

It’s a lovely feature and I’m very appreciative but somewhat embarrassed too. I have never seen a [...]

Brushstrokes in Time is dedicated to anyone anywhere campaigning for freedom of expression

A Turkish agent has taken on Brushstrokes in Time. My novel is dedicated’ to anyone anywhere in the world who campaigns for freedom of expression.’ With so many journalists writers and teachers under arrest I hope it will [...]

The Cathartic affect of Brushstrokes in Time !

A delightful student has recommended Brushstrokes in Time to her Rector at Yale NUS (Singapore) suggesting I talk to the NUS. (See the extract below) Hasn’t she described the reaction to Brushstrokes in Time well? The sketch [...]

Unforgettable Fire! Castaway 22 Colin Dexter the creator of Inspector Morse died today.

Colin was an early castaway. In the second picture in this blog, I showed him his life story with a photo of one of his castaway choices in Oxford Castaways. The story he told me of how he wrote [...]

The poet GHALIB would weep


This opinion piece of mine mentions the poet Ghalib .The irony is that the sensuality of Ghalib’s poetry would not be admired by today’s radical Muslims, who champion a form of pleasure-despising Islam a million miles from the [...]