Welcome To My Nightmare
Somehow you have found your way to my website. Keep a firm hold of your reality, and maybe you'll escape!
So, what's here? Well, if you have found your way over here you probably already know that I'm an author. Actually, that sounds a bit pretentious, doesn't it? And I certainly never think of myself that way. Graham Greene, he's an author. Sir Terry Pratchett, he's an author.* Me? I'm a scribbler of bad jokes, a teller of tall tales, possessed by a spirit with an impish imagination. Not an author. Yet I do write books, and some guys have been generous enough to tell me they have been entertained for a quiet hour or two whilst reading them. That's enough for me.
I'm a novelist, poet, story-teller and occasional stand up comedian. Who says men cannot multi task? It's all a bit scary doing this for me, so bear with me... Not bare with me, please - there would be complaints.
I'm a member of The Tin Plate Poets, based in the Gwendraeth Valley of South Wales, and so you'll see a lot of stuff from and about me there: especially on the Facebook page.
On the Meet Me page, you'll see the list of 2016 events. This will be updated monthly. Think I'm going to be busy - as long as it's not too busy to write!
As a curiosity, I was in an Amazon discussion the other day about reading fantasy and I've realised that I've been doing just that all my life.
My father is to blame, he started reading Enid Blyton's stories about elves, goblins, wizards and the like to me when I was very young.
And I've never stopped.
One of my pieces won the Northampton Literary Group National Flash Fiction 2013 prize! Me! You could have knocked me down with a feather, only I was already sitting down when I found out, so that would not have worked.
2014: Both Snort And Wobbles and Have Frog, Will Travel (The Banned Underground, #6) have been short listed as finalists for the 2014 The Wishing Shelf Awards
2015: I also belong to The Swansea & District Writers circle. 2015 we produced an anthology of World War One pieces (Accent Press selected my offering, The Leaving Times as the lead poem in the anthology - WOW!). The anthology won Best Anthology Award from the National Association of Writing Groups.
I've been getting some songs together, too for The Banned Underground. I'll post the odd one here from time to time.
Events: I love doing book events and conventions, and meeting readers in person. Have a look at the page with coming events!
Check out the page for The Showing to see a clip of some performance - in this case the prologue to that book performed live in Llanelli to an audience.
* Footnote. (I'm addicted to them. Some like heroin, others cocaine, I like footnotes. Bite me.)
Present tense is deliberate. 'No one is truly dead whilst their name is still spoken.' Sir Terry Pratchett. #GNU