I have been very quiet on here in recent weeks but it’s not because nothing is happening. In fact, it is completely the opposite. This is an interim solution – the newsletter will get going again regularly soon but in the meantime, here’s a letter/post to update and say hello.

My main project over the summer has been taking on the marketing role for the Nottingham Festival of Words. This starts a week today! If you are in the vicinity, it will be great to see you – I’ll be at most of the events. The full programme can be seen here.

It has been great to be so involved in something as dynamic as the Festival. The theme is the Power of Words and it comes ahead of Nottingham’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature – and it feels like a very good time to be writing in Nottingham so I feel privileged to be able to play a part in that.

With regard to writing, I haven’t had a lot of opportunity to write loads – but I have been working on ideas for my next book which is definitely hatching now. And I’m also really thrilled to be contributing a Flash Fiction story to Change the Ending – a collection that Dawn Reeves has curated and which will be published in a couple of weeks. It’s an unusual concept, as she has invited over 40 people, many of whom are in senior positions in Local Government, to write 350 word stories to imagine how things could turn out – and to challenge the prevailing negative stories that we tend to be surrounded by.

Bolder and Wiser has given me some interesting opportunities recently too. I’m half way through a six week mini-series based on themes raised in the book on BBC Radio Nottingham – on Tuesday afternoons at about 2.20pm on the Verity Cowley show to be precise – which I’m enjoying enormously. And I’ve been delighted to be asked to speak at a couple of events over the summer too which is always great fun.

One that is coming up is an evening event to talk about Bolder and Wiser and associated topics over the phone on Tuesday 21 October, at 8pm, with Vital Women – a book club run by Karen Oehme. For more details contact Karen on 07796 440092 or

So – I will be properly back in the saddle soon – hope all is well, and with best wishes,