Now I suppose you could say I am sitting here for a number of reasons. For instance I’m sitting here because a car accident some years ago pushed my insurance premiums to such extortionate levels that to have kept the car anyway and paid them would’ve seemed somehow immoral. And so I didn’t, I got… Continue reading Smelling the Roses
Uncommonly sunny weather today so thought I’d share some brief snaps I took in and around my beloved hometown of Manchester (and Salford) in north-west England. Starting with the unusual emblem you see above. It’s the Worker Bee. Since the Industrial Revolution it has become one of the city’s most enduring emblems; created to commemorate… Continue reading Love Your Streets
Is art just not a big deal to people these days? This is the question I found myself asking last week after opening an email from one of my favourite charities, IdeasTap. I’ll explain… IdeasTap was founded nearly seven years ago by Peter De Haan with the aim of helping creatives build careers in the arts.… Continue reading Who Cares About IdeasTap?
So here’s the thing. Charlie Beckett is a former news editor with more than 20 years’ experience of international journalism. He’s worked in established mainstream outlets including the BBC and ITN’s Channel 4 News. He is also a professor at the London School of Economics and the founding director of POLIS; a think-tank for researching the… Continue reading Why is Good News No News?
So I recently registered to join the Society of Authors and today received my information pack, replete with stylish journal, pamphlets and helpful bits of info on all things authorly, including;- How to register with the ALCS (Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society), who by the looks of it are a ridiculously useful organisation to sign… Continue reading Why You Need to Join the Society of Authors Pronto
Films, eh – two hours of sitting still with strangers, often in dark eerie spaces, locked in silence by the shared commitment to stare at eighty square feet of lit canvas. Seems we’ve come a long way from tales told around the campfire. Still, what remains the same is how those tales can be good,… Continue reading The Good, the Great & the Ugly: The Top 10 Films of 2014
Interesting pic, huh? I guess I should explain. I recently had the pleasure of being published at The Voice Online, which is Britain’s favourite and most popular black publication. The Voice conducted a series of opinion pieces titled The Big Debate in which writers were asked to argue for or against on a current hot topic.… Continue reading Are Faith Schools Damaging Society?