Weeds

It was National Flash Fiction Day over the weekend. Apparently. I don’t really know what that means, but it does give me an excuse to publish this piece of tiny fiction that I wrote a while ago. It was brought to life by my designer-pal, drawer-friend and all-round maker of things, Rich Wells. He tricked […]

My dad made me a pen

Like many 70-year-old men from the north of England, my dad isn’t one for emotions. I don’t recall him ever telling me that he loves me. Compliments are always thin on the ground. So like many children of 70-year-old men from the north of England, I have to assume that a) he does, and b) […]

Some habits for 2018

Last year, the title of this new year post was ‘Some goals for 2017’. This year I’ve replaced the word goals with habits as they are far more meaningful. If I form certain habits, I will achieve certain goals. It makes far more sense. I’ll use the same categories though. Here we go. Work When […]

All the time and often

I ran a workshop last week where I asked participants to choose words that they felt summed up their attitude towards technology. The words they chose were overwhelmingly negative. I was a bit surprised. In the follow-up activity, I asked the same people to say how often they used technology. They had a scale with […]

CreativeMornings Sheffield

CreativeMornings is a monthly event that tales place in cities all over the world. Creative folk get up early and gather at a lovely venue to drink coffee, eat too much pastry and hear a talk by someone marvellous. CreativeMornings comes to Sheffield Sheffield, my home city, now has its own CreativeMornings. Set up by […]

Art is theft

This is a gorgeous short film by Daniel Cordero. It outlines the idea that creativity comes from the artists and art that inspire us – that we ‘steal’ it to make something new. Creation is not inspired by one man, woman or one thing. We are influenced by our daily fair, diverse artists etc. I […]

The $100 Startup

I’m trying to make sure I read more in 2017. One way of doing that is to share some short thoughts about the books I get through here on the site. Let’s get cracking. The $100 Startup is both a book and the kind of thing that sounds really rather appealing. Lots of people want […]

Virginia Woolf on why writing isn’t a craft

This is the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf. She’s reciting the opening of an essay on how to read literature, but there’s some incredible stuff on writing too. It’s a fascinating insight. I quite liked this pointed section: “Think what it would mean if you could teach, or if you could learn, the art […]