Novel 'O Man of Clay.' After sea-level rise.

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'O Man of Clay,' set in Hartlepool and Siberia in the near future while the tundra is thawing and the sea level rising, was published in January 2020 by Stairwell Books.

Sunday 25 September 2022

Connected by old roads. Dere Street. It may not look much at this point, but 2000 years ago, give or take, I'd have been able to walk all the way to where Stairwell Books, my publisher, is to be found, in York. I'd trudge a, sometimes causwayed, metalled road that still runs, often buried, half a mile from my house. Or, in the other direction, saunter to my mother's place in Corbridge. All of this, courtesy of an Empire - the Roman, naturally - for which we were a wild uncilvilised outpost and who departed leaving their legacy in the blood, no doubt, and etched into the landscape on which we lately scratched our own graffiti, a palimpsest on theirs.

Thursday 22 September 2022

Spun the yarn and sent it on its way, though not so effectively as this orb spider who packaged up a grasshopper. Making ready to produce its great work: a hatch of spiderlings.


 Our garden is full of blowsy wild carrot and antics in the pond have slowed from whirligigs and pond skaters to the odd ruddy darter eyeing us up and ramshorn snails drifting on the underside of fallen leaves. The odd water boatman rises or falls and David still sits and bides his time.

Friday 5 August 2022

 The Volcano Letters

Thrilled: last Saturday, 'The Volcano Letters' my new potential environmental-historical novel was shortlisted by IML Publications Memoir and Novel Contest! Contestants must submit their completed novel by the end of this month. Good luck to the other contestants: some great titles!

Tuesday 22 March 2022


An adult and young adult fantasy by Susie Williamson and published by fabulous Stairwell Books. (I would say that - but its true!) Enjoyed this fantasy of rites of passage touching on belief, spirituality, inner strength. A fable resonant for our time. How lies and delusions through accretion can become powerful, a sham that all play their part in maintaining through layers and levels of collusion. Until, from the least expected quarter...

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