This is the year

It’s been more than six years since my debut novel was published. That’s a long time. So many things have happened to me since then and though there have been challenges, most of those things are good. I’ve had three children, moved house, changed jobs several times and ended up starting and running a successful […]

This from the writing shed

My newsletter is back. Starting up again. Here’s issue one. It’s not called Shelflife anymore, almost entirely because there are 1,000,000 other things in the world called Shelflife. I know this because I have counted. And tried to buy domain names. Instead it’s called This from the writing shed, almost entirely because I have a […]

Deleting Twitter

I’m going to give myself a Twitter break for at least two weeks. In doing so, I realise I join a long list of people who have left Twitter to recover some sort of sanity. The endless stream of news and nonsense has finally got to me and this seems like a good time to […]

Clever Content Podcast

As you perhaps know, these days I run my own freelance content studio. That means lots of writing for clients, but also a fair bit of podcasting, video making and workshop running too. One of my current projects is for a Sheffield agency called Content OD. I’m helping them out with their own marketing and […]

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) […]