No more normal

No more normal

  One of the joys of living by the sea are the ever-changing views across the estuary. But the severe frost and snow of recent days took change to a new level, to near unrecognisable. The water draining down the cliffs turned into yard-long organ pipes of glittering...
Winter days, writing blues

Winter days, writing blues

It’s not that I mind winter. No – I love the pale light, the incandescent sunsets over the estuary and the icicles dripping from the gutter on frosty mornings. But it plays havoc with my schedule. I am, irredeemably, a lark. Morning is my bright time, my...

Cuthbert trilogy: Christmas special!

The three novels of the Cuthbert trilogy – Cuthbert of Farne, Place of Repose and A New Heaven and a New Earth – make a great gift for Christmas!  The special offer price of £29.99 includes post and packing, click here to order:...
Wild Cycling

Wild Cycling

Lockdown brought a new joy. It could have happened at any time but for sure, that lockdown sense of irksome confinement was the spur. A few years ago I suffered a tendon injury in my right foot that became a chronic condition. In the early stages of the injury I was...
Gardening and writing

Gardening and writing

Berwick has always had its small farmers and gardeners. Pass through the town walls via Cowgate – the clue is in the name – and you find yourself in Magdalene Fields, part of the ancient Liberty of Berwick, that lie between the town and the sea. Until the Enclosures...
The End

The End

  Writing a novel is like being in lockdown; it feels as if it will never end and then suddenly it’s all picnics and barbecues. After months of struggle redrafting the final section, of long mornings feeling ‘I can’t write another word’, the text of ‘A New Heaven and...