Mr Cardington glanced at the clock on the wall and realised he should have left the office a good twenty minutes ago. His fellow bridge players would be kept waiting, doubtless drumming their fingers and making jokes at his expense. He capped his fountain pen and sighed. He would have to stand them all an extra round of drinks for his tardiness. The papers on … Continue reading Late

The Writers’ Group

It’s early January and, although I didn’t plan this as a New Year’s Resolution, I finally got around to going along to the local writers’ group. I’d had a couple of responses to my initial email requesting further information and I had been assured that it was a ‘small, friendly group’. Still, I was a little apprehensive about what I would encounter and one of my worries was confirmed when I pushed through the door to see several ladies of advancing years sat around a table and looking up at me. Continue reading The Writers’ Group


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!

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