‘Being Frank About Fronk’ wins!

  I was thrilled to hear that my entry in the ‘Unlock your Talents ‘ short story competition for over 18 years olds, won first prize. They were kind enough to include the following judges comments: –        Left me with a huge smile on my face! This is light and entertaining, with a wry eye for…

Druids: up for a party or a ‘bunch of cross-dressers?’

I record a range of podcasts to entertain me during my happy but isolated days as a self-employed gardener. One I have always avoided is BBC Radio 4’s ‘Ramblings’ hosted by Clare Balding. You can’t blame me; of all the BBC’s sports presenters, I think most normal people would opt to go bog-snorkelling with Bob…

All we hear is (clap clap) Kennet Radio (clap clap)

I was cycling with my good friend, Pianoman, on our weekly Sunday jaunt across the muds of Greenham Common, discussing our procrastination in our getting his song-writing/playing and my book,  Preposterous Tales From The Newbury Short Story Teller to a wider audience. ‘You know what,’ I said. ‘I could go on local radio and read…

The Lovelorn Professor Lew

I was walking through the park with Charlotte, when she told me about her latest university assignment. ‘We’ve got to make an animation of a news story from the last 5 years, Dad.’ My mind immediately went to the possibilities of a grotesque cartoon version of the grotesque Trump, or maybe a millennial’s take on…

My Author Interview

I was delighted to be asked to appear as ‘Author of the Week’ on Esther Chilton’s fab site for writers. Should you care to read our interview, please click on the link below, and while you are there look at Esther’s other posts and excellent books of short stories. Should you not care: do it…

John Strike

A year ago today John Strike. mine and Linda’s dad, died. That’s the end of the sorrow, I hope you will find the rest of this piece warming and funny in the way that John was throughout his 87 years. I’ve copied the eulogy that Linda and I agreed on below. What you should be…

England – 1,791 USA – 971

Anyone who has stumbled across this blog in the last year cannot fail to have been hassled by me plugging my book of sixteen humorous stories, entitled Preposterous Tales from the Newbury Short Story Teller, available here all set in my English home town. It’s one thing writing a masterpiece (smirk), it’s another thing marketing it,…

A Newbury Halloween Invitation

You may well have spooky things to do this Halloween, but should you wish to take your pumpkin to listen to the telling of a devilish story by an actor, please join us at Newton Road Cemetery chapel, Newbury. ‘Unfortunately’, my comedic tale of soul-selling and brussels sprouts will be recounted twice in the creepy…

Play Misty For Me – shortlisted!

  I’m delighted to say that my short story ‘Play Misty for Me’ has been shortlisted to appear in the top-20 of 583 entries in Chris Fielden’s magnificent ‘To Hull and Back – 2019’ humorous tales competition. If you’ll allow me to self indulge this means my short stories have been short-listed in 2016 and…

Three (Don’t?) Go To Glastonbury

Don’t get me wrong, I’m fond of Colin and Martin, my cousins-in-law. Colin married Sue in the 1980s not long before Martin and Karen’s wedding, though it might have been the other way around. Over thirty years on, both couples still make for strong, loving families, punctuated by children, dogs and grandchildren. There is much…

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A pleas to fellow Bloggers Dear WordPressers I wonder if any of you can help? For the last couple of months, I’ve had problems ‘liking’ and leaving comments on other blogs. When I click ‘reply’, add my pithy and well-considered comments to your splendid blog posts, and click ‘send’, sure enough they  appear in the…