In March 2019, I submitted an entry to the Arts and Humanities Research Council's spring nature diary -- you can see my blog post about it here. A year on, a selection of the entries have been collated into the Writes of Spring and I am delighted to have had my entry included. You can access … Continue reading Spring Nature Diary publication
When writing about a subject, it helps to know it well. With a background in ecology, I have a natural curiosity for wildlife and spend a lot of time observing both plants and animals in their natural environment. When I am not writing about nature, I am drawing it and it is through my artwork … Continue reading The art of inspiration
Bird Watching magazine has published a recent interview with yours truly in their March 2020 issue.
I recently read an article about the subject of English in schools and how it is currently being taught. It seems that in recent years there has been a revival of a blinkered focus on grammar and technical ‘jargon’ to the detriment of creativity, which is leading in turn to fewer people writing. I am … Continue reading The making of a writer
Time: human-made. Measured in hours and minutes. Rather a strange construct in many ways when you think about it. So many of us live our lives ‘clock watching’. Defining our days and activities in accordance with the hours-and-minutes version of time. In my experience, this kind of human-made time often equals stress and pressure. A … Continue reading It’s time – the eleventh hour
I took a stroll along our lane this afternoon. The gloomy morning sloped off after lunch to be replaced by a raw heat that churned the sky milk-blue and rinsed vibrancy from the vegetation. Beyond a row of silent ash trees, the lane rolled steeply downhill, whereby the dry stone walls were exchanged for open … Continue reading Awash with butterflies
Although I limit my paper usage to the bare essentials, I have the potential to be a bit of a stationery geek. I just love the feeling of opening a new notepad; the sense of anticipation as the pen hovers over the unblemished page, and the self-imposed pressure that what I am about to write … Continue reading Nature Diary