G20 Protests in London

So, this week, as probably the whole world knows, the G20 leaders met in London to talk about how economically stuffed we all are.  And, because economics is a subject about which I know just enough to know that I really don’t get it, and because the protesters who went into the city in preparation for the G20 summit seemed to cover every political movement from Environmentalists to Marxists, I kinda forget to take the protests into consideration when trying to find a bus.  Much walking and an unlikely train ride later, I made it home, but not before I’d joined …

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A Madness of Angels

A Madness of Angels is now, finally, out in the UK shops!  So now’s the chance to see what it’s all about… I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Circus Space

Yesterday, I went to see a dress rehearsal performance at a place called Circus Space.  And while it has no relevance whatsoever to being a writer, I was so impressed by some of the things the performers – all students – could do, I felt I ought to blog about it.  These were people who casually walked up vertical poles, not to impress, but merely in preparation for an act of such mind-bending acrobatic brilliance my major reaction was ‘good god, you can do that with arms?’  Trapeze, silks, poles, ropes – the whole shabang.  Circus Space is based in …

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Forbidden Planet

A word to say that if you are in the West End of London on Thursday the 26th of March between 6-7 p.m., then myself and the very wonderful Mike Carey, author of the Felix Castor books and the Lucifer graphic novels, to name just a few, will be doing signings, readings etc. at Forbidden Planet bookshop, at the top end of Shaftsbury Avenue!

A day in the life of….

Since it has been a while since I blogged, I figured that this was the prime opportunity to explain why. The summary can be just one word: RADA.   Or, if you feel like it, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.   First thing you need to know is that yes, there is indeed a picture of the queen in the main entry hall, and yes, it has produced a lot of famous actors. Second thing you need to know is that I will never, ever be one of them. I am on the Technical Theatre Stage Management course, where …

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The Terrible Truth about Writers Block…

While having supper with my parents, we fell to the random topic of writer’s block, and ended up listing, largely for our own entertainments, various ways in which different writers deal with it, starting from the milder cases up to full-blown desperation.  For general delight and delectation, I figured I might as well include it here…: Mildest… 1.  Do the vacuuming. 2.  Polish the tables. 3.  Clean the TV screen. 4.  Run a virus scan on your computer. 5.  Do the filing. 6.  Trim the garden hedge. 7.  De-weed the lawn. 8.  Lie in bed doing ‘research’ through reading whatever’s …

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