Whether it’s a typewriter or, more likely these days, a computer keyboard, I hit those keys, just the same as thousands of other 21st century scribes. Typewriter keys are different though – every letter needs a hefty punch from the writer’s two, overused forefingers, rather than the feathery strokes required for electronic keyboards.
Either way, words on a page, or even spoken, can sometimes make grown men cry, or paint a smile on the face of a child. Words become sentences to carry ideas along the roads of knowledge.
Words hold memories. The present and the future are precious, but the past anchors us; we should not forget it. I had no choice: Sliding on the Snow Stone (2011) is a story I had to write. It’s available from several outlets world-wide, in e-book and paperback.
I have many more short stories and poems; some complete, some half-finished, one or two need surgery. You’ll discover many of them here, as well as other features – take a look through my channels.
In 2013, I joined DIY Poets, a performance poetry collective in Nottingham, and take opportunities to perform whenever I can.
Following the completion of Sliding on the Snow Stone, I somehow ended up writing a twitter novel: The History of Rock and Roll in 99 tweets (2011). It consists of 99 chapters, each of which is 140 characters or less.
Stories for Homes (2013) is a project I continue to support. I contributed two poems to the anthology, and am committed to raising awareness of the plight of homeless people.
I’m currently working on Fate and Circumstance. Based on a true story, it’s about a family of Ukrainian Lemkos in the Carpathian Mountains, whose lives are torn apart by World War Two, and by a brutal forced resettlement in the post war years.
See my Titles section for examples of some of my work to date.