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Yea Lord We Greet Thee – Born This Happy Morning

Yea Lord We Greet Thee – Born This Happy Morning

This is a bit late, since I started writing it during that strange gap in time that we now call Twixtmas: a special period of having little to do, of loafing and binging and pondering what we might do when we are forced to become productive again. Not for me, I was back at the […]

Merry Christmas.The wolves are running. Perhaps you would do something to stop their bite?

Four years ago, I began my annual rewatch of the BBC TV series, The Box Of Delights, while reading John Masefield’s original book for the first time. The wolves were running and so was my brain. I wanted to write a story where magic spilled over into the real world, and nobody questioned it or […]

‘Challenge Accepted…’ – Unbearable Facebook Friends In Lockdown

‘Challenge Accepted…’ – Unbearable Facebook Friends In Lockdown

“Challenge accepted, thanks to Thumby McForgottenFace, who I haven’t seen since 1987 and can barely remember, for nominating me when they ran out of friends…” Words to chill you to your very bone in these testing times. Not when you’ve been “challenged”, no, most of these Facebook “challenges” merely involve posting the same fucking boring […]

The Mysterious Allure Of The Cover Band

The Mysterious Allure Of The Cover Band

I’ve taken another fictional dive into the murky world of cover bands with my new book, Weekend Rockstars 2: The Ballad Of Fat Labrador, which comes out today. Why do I continue to write about this strange niche group? The slightly less embarrassing alternative to Civil War re-enactment societies? (It’s a fair comparison, they’re both […]

The Best Books About Rock And Roll That I Didn’t Write – A List

The Best Books About Rock And Roll That I Didn’t Write – A List

Having written two books about being in bands, I have now read an awful lot of books about bands (research, research, research). Most of them are biographies but there are a handful of fictional ones, almost exclusively about people who dream of being rock and roll stars before going on to do so in exciting, […]