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We coppiced the tree Sweet Chestnut growing too tall Winter sleep cut down   We had to coppice the Sweet Chestnut tree as it was growing under the power lines, planted in the wrong spot almost nine years ago. I … Continue reading

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The last leaves are falling, a few beech boughs hanging on to golden leaves that have resisted the gales. The open woodland has a few treasures to reveal such as the near perfect woven nest of dead grass and moss¬†placed … Continue reading

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An affair years ago leads Meg into an adventure ending with success and catastrophe. The quiet pace of life in an English University town clashes with the harsh regime of a tropical island dictatorship. Danny’s Island, my 10K word story, … Continue reading

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spider woven gorse flowering in autumn mist fated pheasants flee

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On a recent visit to London I spent time in Waterstones bookstore on Piccadilly: five floors of books, who knows how many tons of books, never mind the number. Tons of books, the thought is intimidating, not least in the … Continue reading

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Man Booker

October brings the 2017 Man Booker prize awards after the short list of the six novels was announced in September. By chance, when the long list came out earlier, I heard an interview on the radio with Fiona Mozley, a … Continue reading

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BIRCHLAND HALL, my second novel,¬†is now independently published on Amazon as a paperback and Kindle e-book. Although the ideas behind the novel have been in my mind for some time, I only got down to serious writing this year, through … Continue reading

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