March 5, 2020

BIG BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT!

I am hugely excited to announce that my next book, the first in a brand new sci-fi adventure series will be published by Faster-Than-Light Press on 1st June 2020 and will be entitled STARLESS & BLACK…and the case of the […]
January 30, 2020

The best and the worst of sci fi predictions.

Anyone who loves sci-fi (that’s everyone, right?) is looking for a glimpse of the future.  And all sci-Fi writers like to paint big, bold visions of the future that we find exciting, amusing or just plain scary.  So, who has […]
June 9, 2019

‘One small step…’  my top ten moon stories for kids

On July 20th1969, three days before my ninth birthday, I crouched in front of our TV set, mesmerised by the grainy, black and white images of Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon.  I watched the footage over […]
April 25, 2019

My top five aliens

A top five list of aliens?  Out of the wealth of alien-ness available in the field of science fiction how could I possibly settle on only five?  Well, I don’t claim this is a list everyone will agree with but […]
April 5, 2019

My top ten sci-fi reads for teens

Science Fiction was practically my entire life when I was a kid and it’s still one of the most imaginative and exciting genres available to young readers.  Whether you come for the science or for the fiction, sci-fi has something […]
March 24, 2019

Behind the green door – secrets from a writer’s shed

Pt1:  “Lashings of ginger beer” A writer’s inner sanctum is surely the holiest of holys.  The place where creative juices flow and much-loved characters are born, live and die. It is a place where empires rise and fall and magical folk […]
March 20, 2019

No such thing as MG!

Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us. No reader worth his salt trots along in obedience to a time-table – CS Lewis Ok, so […]
July 30, 2017

The chocolate porter

Our porters on the journey are all from the local tribe of Pemon Indians. 
November 12, 2016

In the Lost World

The real adventure begins when our gear is loaded into 4X4s for the 20km journey to the start of the trek.
September 4, 2016

How Roraima got its name

Once there was a time when the animals and the humans knew the same language and they could all understand each other.
August 31, 2016

Poison darts, murder and gold

At Ciudad Bolivar we pause to examine Jimmy Angel’s plane, rescued from a tepui top from where he crash landed in the 30’s.
August 29, 2016

Chocolate trees, wombles and maggots

The eight hour drive to the Gran Sabana offers the prospect of getting to know our travelling companions a little better.