Nazi Pride: three things we’re getting wrong about free speech

It’s twelve months exactly today since Heather Heyer was murdered in the leafy, historic streets of her home town, Charlottesville, VA, by James Alex Fields Jr., a neo-Nazi who had travelled all the way from Ohio to join the first ‘Unite the Right’ rally. Nazi Pride might be a better description of the event. His… Read More Nazi Pride: three things we’re getting wrong about free speech

Want to know why Trump won? It’s not what they’ve been telling us.

One of the problems with the current political climate is that, if you’re anything like me, your experience of the daily news cycle is much like your childhood relationship with horror movies. For more than a year now, my tactics for staying informed have switched between (i) watching the TV news through the gaps between… Read More Want to know why Trump won? It’s not what they’ve been telling us.

The Writer’s Journey

My very short story (or is it a poem?), On the Crest of a Wave, is published today via the good people of the North London Story Festival, as part of their video project called The Writer’s Journey. You can hear the story at the festival’s You Tube channel.

A subjective and unscientific analysis of the 100 best opening lines in fiction

When recently perusing the American Book Review’s fascinating list of their 100 best opening lines of novels – which you can see here – I wondered how many of the masters represented here had got away with things that we non-masters debate in our writers’ groups and forums, in terms of what makes a good opening line. In… Read More A subjective and unscientific analysis of the 100 best opening lines in fiction