The Vic Brown Trilogy

Working class boy makes good, whilst struggling with his emotional development, could be a good way of describing the novels written by Stan Barstow about Vic Brown. The three books in the trilogy are A Kind of Loving (1960), The Watchers on the Shore (1966), and The Read More …

They Shall Not Pass!

National Novel Writing Month is over for this year and, after some frantic last minute writing, I managed to limp over the fifty thousand word line for the second year in a row. It’s been a useful exercise and I got quite a few ideas Read More …

Pictures of the Week: Golden Hair, Blue Eyes

Preserving the Past. I’m lucky that so many of our old family photos have survived. They bring the story of my ancestors to life in a way that official documents cannot do, and provide some clues to the type of people they were. But, although Read More …

Barking

It barely seems possible that we’re so near to Christmas. Yet the festive season is starting to close upon us. Last weekend I was involved in my first proper Christmassy thing of the year: the indoor fun dog show for Ryedale Dog Rescue. I spent Read More …

Spanning The Years

Rediscovering the past: Recording the Present. I’ve always had a fascination with the past. Whether it’s railways, history, folk music or classic English literature, I’m always looking backwards. Ever since I was child I’ve heard stories about my family. I have a burning need to Read More …

Chained to the Computer

I’m still busy working away at my memories for National Novel Writing Month, and the word count is mounting up. This year feels very different from writing a novel last year. In one way its easier mining my memories for source material. Things I’d forgotten Read More …