It’s past midnight. The sun is a distant memory, city lights twinkle like low-lying stars in the distance, and the world is silent. My mind is full of ideas at the moment. Ideas for some short stories I hope to complete, to send off to various anthologies in the hope of getting published. Ideas for […]


As some of you may know, I had a poetry anthology published a few years back. This poem, Lilies, features in that collection, and is one of my personal favourites. I have re-edited it, and I thought I’d post it here for you all to see. I like the romance of it, the melancholy but […]


It is a fact of life that I have never before been afraid of the common English sheep. Even the film Black Sheep didn’t induce any recurring nightmares involving rabid beasts of the woolly kind. However, when walking to my girlfriend’s house the other day, I did find myself a little unnerved when an entire herd […]

Untouched by the Tide

The last pebble on the beach, Untouched by the tide. Ignored by the gulls, And half-buried in the sand. Invisible to all. Unneeded. No purpose, Just there. Cold. Hard. A small black blip upon a golden sprawl, Void of feeling. .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     . The waves of life roll on, Refusing to sweep you away with them. * […]

The Art of Absurdity

I have recently been reading about the amazing life of that rebellious Python: the late, great Graham Chapman, beautifully summarised in the treasure-trove of monologues, essays, and anecdotes that is Calcium Made Interesting (2005).  Through absorbing the biography at the beginning of this book, it struck me just how much Chapman loved, nay, depended, on […]