Author

Travel guidebooks came first for me. Today it’s more creative non-fiction. Either way, I bring my journalistic curiosity, lively writing style and ability to tell a good story to every new project. Lonely Planet, Bradt Travel Guides and BRF amongst others have published my work.

As an author, I offer:

  • Professional experience of handling in-depth research
  • Understanding of how to capture and hold readers
  • Ghostwriting
  • Ideas for new projects

#WriteHereWriteNow: How to write reviews

October 6, 2017

I was reading an interview with Danny Baker last week. You may remember him as the man from those Eighties TV ads for Ariel, the hungover wingman to Chris Evan’s Britpop benders in the Nineties or the first one voted off last year’s I’m A Celebrity. But, back in the summer of ’76, he was … Read more

#WriteHereWriteNow: How to make the most of direct speech

July 9, 2017

We love direct speech. As writers, nothing brings life to our work more the actual words people say. Quotes, dialogue, comment — whatever you call it. We need the words of others to add emotion, opinion and drama. Just try reading a book by the journalist and author Jon Ronson. The man behind The Psychopath Test … Read more

#WriteHereWriteNow: Can we learn to write better?

June 17, 2017

I was on assignment in Stockholm last week and looking for an idea. We obsess, as writers, about the words. We analyse the craft and devour books about the technique. Writing in the Guardian recently, the columnist Ian Jack discussed the perennial question: can writing be taught? He suggests that, while we can study templates and … Read more

Inside Fatherhood drafts: a champion for male mental health

May 26, 2017

Paul Gask went off the rails. A stressful job and a male-dominated culture of macho behaviour left him on the verge of a complete breakdown. But Paul found strength in his role as a father and now works with men to champion issues around mental health, suicide and taking back control. I recently interviewed Paul [pictured … Read more

Inside fatherhood drafts: newly reunited dad Chris Hardy

May 26, 2017

Chris knows extremes. Indeed, he had seen the more extreme side of life at close quarters. But he relinquished a life spiralling into self destruction and violence for the love of his son — and they’re now planning their first summer holiday together. I recently interviewed Chis [pictured above] for Inside Fatherhood, my forthcoming book to be published … Read more

A new writing group comes to Storyhouse Chester

May 8, 2017

Image: Storyhouse.com Storyhouse opens this week. The new arts centre is big news for Chester and already riding the crest of local support. But it’s not just a new theatre, cinema and library. A major aspect of the project is the community programme. That’s why I’m leading a new writing group, based at Storyhouse, from this month. … Read more

Inside fatherhood drafts: life changes for stepdad Dom

February 4, 2017

Dom wasn’t planning to be a father figure. Hell, he didn’t even want kids. Besides, he was too busy building a career and going on tour with his band. But life has a habit of throwing your curveballs and that’s exactly how Dom found himself going from nought to 60 into parenthood — virtually overnight. One … Read more

Inside Fatherhood drafts: deployed dad Steve Martin

December 4, 2016

Steve saw the world. He knew the freedom of being at sea as a serving sailor but his blow-with-the-wind independence came at a price. The guilt. With a wife and two young boys left behind on shore, he found a life at sea was increasingly hard to square with his conscience as a husband and father. … Read more

Inside Fatherhood drafts: Stay-at-home-dad Dave Hollins

November 13, 2016

Dave looks well. Lean and fit, there’s no outward sign of the accident that changed his life. But, after talking with him for a few hours, I come to realise how struggling with epilepsy has impacted on family life. Dave [pictured above] found a new role as a pioneering stay-at-home dad. But, with his three boys … Read more