June 2014

What would you do if you were king and you knew your eldest son and heir was unfit to rule after you? And what about if his two brothers were […]

One of the things I’m often asked is where do I get the inspiration for my stories. Often, I can’t remember – it could be a random thought, an overheard […]

When I was fourteen years old, I went on a French exchange. Antoinette, the girl I was paired with,  lived on a farm in a small hamlet in Normandy, called […]

In the previous post, I talked about John Puckle, who left money in his will for a school to be set up to educate poor children of Laindon and Basildon. […]

Sharing What’s missing? You don’t have to be a mathematician to work out it’s the division sign. And it might well have been missing completely if it hadn’t been for […]

When you go into the St. Nicholas Church School House, it’s not immediately obvious that there’s any access to the upper rooms. There are four doors in the ground floor […]

‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ is set in the 13th century church of St. Nicholas in the parish of Laindon with Dunton. It tells the story of a twentieth century […]

What do William Wordsworth and I have in common? Well, not a lot, except a liking for words and daffodils. His choice of words and the way he arranged them, […]