Monthly Archives: November 2016

Ham Wall

I wrote the piece below after a visit to the Ham Wall wetland reserve. When I read it through afterwards I felt ‘So what?’ Who wants to read a plain account of someone watching birds? It makes me question the … Continue reading

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Expansion Joint – a short story

Cler-dunk, cer-lump, cer-lonk, ther-dunk, ther-tump. I know, it looks ridiculous written down. Like bird song. When it’s going at full lick my heart pounds, I feel giddy. The carriageway runs directly overhead so the clunks are constant. Which makes it … Continue reading

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A guided walk round Coleridge’s Nether Stowey

This year Ian Enters and I held two guided walks, recreating the Nether Stowey that Samuel Taylor Coleridge knew when he lived here between 1797 and 1799. The walk was one of three that we arranged as part of the … Continue reading

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Reviews of ‘Riven’

Pleasing reviews for my novel ‘Riven’ on Kindle. See previous post for details and synopsis. “A masterpiece, truly deserving of the five star rating I have given it. The very human experience described so eloquently could not fail to tug … Continue reading

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Rustic – a short story

“The large and handsome mansion of Stowcombe stands in an extensive park, set on a wooded eminence of the Quantocks Hills, whose summit is decorated with the artificial semblance of a ruined castle, and commands a prospect of very considerable … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Bridges – a short story

I’d cut out the photograph of Sartre, snipping it from the gutter of the book.  Where else to ponder it but on the bridge? It might tell me something. I swallowed my tea, pulled the door gently to, crept down … Continue reading

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Steart

I visit Steart two or three times a week. This wetland reserve, administered by the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, is just a short drive from Nether Stowey through a labyrinth of winding lanes. Watching birds at Steart is always hit … Continue reading

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