March 8, 2019

What great things happen!

After dragging my heels for quite a while - life does get in the way - I finally joined The Society of Authors. And it is a good feeling too. I can now consider myself part of an elite group - and the membership card looks nice!

To keep in pract...

February 15, 2019

Was it February 2016 when I did my first book talk? Indeed it was, and it was at the Castle Keep, where I spoke about Bela Lugosi prior to the screening of his classic chiller White Zombie (1932). Even his ghost paid us a visit!

I was never so cold in all my life. Don't...

February 8, 2019

2019 has begun, and what will the year hold out for us all!

Rounding off 2018, was my regular trip to the Tyne Bar for The Boneshakers' Boxing Day gig, and as with all previous years, they were brilliant - the best of blues!

For 2019, the music continued when I saw three...

January 2, 2019

Yes its been a while since my last blog, but one of my New Year's resolution is to try & keep it going through 2019 can I achieve it?

I'll admit I have been busy doing quite a lot of stuff that has kept me away. Firstly being away to see my friend Karen in Dover, and...

September 12, 2018

With Swanwick  behind me, it was back to working on the edits on my second book and explore a potentially interesting idea for a third. The place is an inspiration.

However this blog focuses more in what's been happening to me musically.

I've seen a fair few bands over...

August 19, 2018

The high point of 2018 finally arrived with my annual visit to the Swanwick Writers Retreat. This year is special because not only is this the 70th anniversary of the Retreat, its my 10th year. And a lot has changed in my life over those 10 years!

I certainly had m...

July 18, 2018

I was back at Newcastles Castle Keep for my final Cursed Horror Stars talk on Bela Lugosi.It brought back great,if rather cold memories.

It was February 2016 and my book hadn't been long out. I decided it was in my best interests as a writer to promote mysel...

July 8, 2018

With the unusually hot weather sweeping the UK and people also caught up with some obscure football competition, my rare trip to Newcastle took me to the city's famous Grainger Market. 

The Grainger Market is an indoor venue consisting of shops and cafes. It also p...

June 10, 2018

It's been a busy few days both musically and with the book as the summer goes into full swing.

Firstly it was so say a fond farewell to Tommy Bentz & his band as they continue their tour of Scotland before returning to the States.

As Tommy's gig at the Lindisfarne clashe...

May 30, 2018

English Bank Holidays aren't just great for the extra day off work, there's plenty going on in Newcastle, and this particular Bank Holiday there was glorious weather and amazing live music.

May 26 marked the return of Old Man Goat to The Ship Inn, Newcastle.  It was nic...

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