• A Guide To The Pubs of Britain #1 – Hagen & Hyde

    by  • June 19, 2017 • 0 Comments

    In the introduction to this irregular series, I wrote about the importance of pubs for creatives as conducive environments for thinking and dreaming, disconnected from the real world.  And so I thought it only right that I begin this meandering tour of Britain’s finest pubs for writers and artists on my doorstep, at Hagen &...

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    Pendragon Proofs Now In

    by  • May 18, 2017 • 0 Comments

    The road to publication follows familiar landmarks – finishing the first draft, the various edits, through the delivery of the first box of books to publication day and the subsequent round of publicity and signings.  One of the key moments is the arrival of the uncorrected proofs – softbound copies of the novel, usually...

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    A Guide To The Pubs Of Britain

    by  • May 13, 2017 • 1 Comment

    I like pubs,and not just for the amber stuff.  Map out any history of writing in Britain and you’ll find pubs woven into the heart of it.  Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London has entertained the likes of Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, G K Chesterton, Samuel Johnson, Alfred Lord Tennyson and P G...

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    The Secret Abbey

    by  • May 3, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Had a private tour after hours behind the scenes at Westminster Abbey. As a fascinating insight into more than one thousand years of British history, it couldn’t be beaten.  And for me it was particularly intriguing to be allowed into areas where the public normally isn’t admitted, like the shrine of Edward the Confessor...

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    Pendragon – The Final Cover

    by  • April 21, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Here it is, with added strapline. Every legend has a beginning. The last days of Roman Britain. The seeds that will grow into the legend of King Arthur one hundred years later. Myth arising from history. A canvas that reaches from Hadrian’s Wall and Stonehenge to Gaul and Rome at the heart of the empire....

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    Stonehenge Gives Up Its Secrets

    by  • March 13, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Despite the constant rumble of traffic and air thick with diesel fumes, Stonehenge still raises a frisson when it looms up out of the rolling grassland of Salisbury Plain.  It’s hard not to hear the echoes of the deep past, and feel the stirrings that the first supplicants must have felt when they processed...

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    Pendragon – The Cover

    by  • January 12, 2017 • 3 Comments

    Here’s a first look a the initial draft of the cover of Pendragon – A Novel Of The Dark Age which is published on July 13.  After the long-running Hereward series, this is a new story, delving even further back in history. The blurb: Here is the beginning of a legend. Long before Camelot...

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    Secret London: The Royal Opera House

    by  • November 3, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Step away from the tourist attractions and London has plenty of secrets waiting to be explored.  I spend a lot of time walking around various corners of the country, prowling into places I probably shouldn’t be, and recently I had a nose around behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden...

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