The Dead Party Sketch

Parrot Sketch pastiche about the demise of the Labour Party.

Barry Meat Book Update

Many years ago I hosted a short-lived but apparently popular show on Live365, an online radio station. They offered a range of packages, and of course as a northern cheapskate I chose the free option, which meant zero promotion or storage space. Nevertheless, I constructed a handful of episodes in which I chatted…

Blobs and Fanzines

Recalling The Blob, the hand-written magazine project I lead and edited at school, 33 years ago. Isn’t it lucky I didn’t have access to DTP software…?

Writing for Myself

Exploring the benefits of writing for yourself, rather than to a preconceived idea of what agents and publishers are looking for.

Forever Awesome

I’m awesome, you’re awesome, we’re all awesome. Equally, we’re pretty awful at times. We all make mistakes, carry guilt, have regrets – often for things that have been forgotten by everyone else – and, basically, are human. Social media is a place where mistakes are amplified. Minor infractions seem to get the same…

Lockdowns: Great for Writers, Not So Great for This Writer

It’s been months since my last blog here. It’s funny; I wouldn’t have previously believed the saying “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” but the past 12 months seems to have proven this to be the case. A by-product of lockdowns and tiered restrictions has been home schooling. And where…

More Writing, Less Hiding

I’ve been an awful blogger. I mean, I technically earn a living from it, mostly writing tech tutorials for www.makeuseof.com, but specifically I’m terrible at blogging on my own sites. This is the third iteration of my personal space, but you shouldn’t be wondering about the others (they’re incorporated here one way or…