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.
August 27, 2016

Murder, cash and a decent burger – welcome to Venezuela

“Caracas – murder capital of the world!” trumpet the uncomforting headlines.
August 5, 2016

Allan Boroughs is in the jungle – he may be some time…

How much adventure is too much? It’s a question I ask myself again as I prepare to leave for 3 weeks in the Venezuelan jungles.
May 4, 2016

There may be dinosaurs!

In 1908 the adventurer, explorer, cartographer, fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and occasional spy, Perceval Harrison Fawcett, visited the great sandstone plateaus of the Franco Ricardo hills in Bolivia.  Of the plateaux he wrote, ‘they stood like a lost […]
September 6, 2015

UKMG Extravaganza!

I am like the proverbial two tailed canine at the prospect of being at the UK Extravaganza – 17th October at Nottingham Central Library.  Do come!  Lots of multi-talented world-famous MG writers…AND ME!