BBC Radio York again, SJT First Draft and more…

Life has been a joyful whirlwind recently. The lovely Harry Whittaker invited me back onto his Radio York show, this time to read some of my family life column, Home Sweet Home. It was another fantastic evening and I’ve had some great feedback – just need a permanent home for the column now…Then I was invited to be part of the company reading for First Draft, the platform for the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s script writing course. Always a fun night, this was particularly good – interesting scripts and many old friends. I am currently researching a feature for the Dalesman which requires a lot of time spent poring over old photographs and accounts of Scarborough in the mid-19th century – definitely the place I would choose to time travel to, given the choice! I am also working on various poems (dusk is particularly magical at the moment), various drafts of short stories, lots of feature ideas and a couple of scripts. And I am desperate to paint a picture of the sea; it is shimmering this morning and the seagulls are gliding victoriously above it. What a life!

Dalesman November

My latest work for the Dalesman is a feature about the fascinating northern game of quoits. Read it now to understand why a peaceful summer evening in the Dales might be punctuated by shouts of ‘Frenchman,’ ‘dead end’ and ‘hob drawer’…

Count Arthur Strong Review

THE most hilarious evening reviewing Count Arthur Strong’s new show, Is There Anybody Out There?, for On: Yorkshire magazine.

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Yorkshire Life – August 2019

So delighted to buy a copy of Yorkshire Life and see my feature inside! I had such a lovely time researching it with brilliant photographer (and ace walking companion) Tony Bartholomew ( and then writing it in my little study, whilst watching the baby magpie and its devoted parents who have made their home in our garden hedge. A thoroughly enjoyable episode!