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, […]