King Richard III Rides Again

This is developed from a sketch I wrote for our youth theatre group (based in Leicester), shortly after the re-internment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, opened his eyes and immediately winced. There was a dull light glowing softly around him but he couldn’t make out any other details. He realised he was lying on his back, … Continue reading King Richard III Rides Again

Kid’s Short: Snow Adventure

The wonderful Susanna Leonard Hill has announced her 4th Annual Holiday Contest and again I’m approaching it as a writing exercise. This time I have a massive 350 words in which to write ‘a children’s story in which wild weather impacts the holidays’ (i.e. Christmas etc.). I’m deliberately avoiding a weather-centric story as I remember that my favourite children’s stories were almost always based around … Continue reading Kid’s Short: Snow Adventure


It seems that my Halloween SMS story went down very well with the voters and was awarded second place! In the short-term I shall bask in the glory of producing something appreciated by people who know their subject matter (children’s literature, usually abbreviated to ‘kid lit’) – some of these fine, upstanding people are published authors! Gosh. In the medium term I think it shows … Continue reading Gobsmacked!

I’ve made the final!

As a rule, I don’t tend to make the finals of anything. Possibly because I don’t enter that many competitions. But having entered my Halloween SMS story into Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie competition (to write a kids’ story/poem in 100 words or less), I was shocked and thrilled to find I was one of the chosen few to face the voting public. So a big … Continue reading I’ve made the final!

Babbit and Pinky

The plan is… No, perhaps ‘plan’ is too strong a word. The ‘vague intention of doing something at some point’ centres on writing a series of children’s picture story books, despite the fact that my kids are now 15 & 18. It’s an intention that nagged at me through countless anaemic and/or annoying stories read to our two when they were little. Four years ago … Continue reading Babbit and Pinky