Check out my Facebook page as events few and far between and usually at short notice, e.g. I was at the launch of the Alternative City of Culture for 2017, held at the end of our iconic pier on Sunday 1st January.

My bronchial condition does not stop me writing, but my focus is likely to be more on short non-fiction pieces and possibly a fiction serial in the year ahead.

You can read about the Royals in Essex in The History Press February newsletter and look out later in the year for some pieces that I am working on for magazines.

Such work relieves me of the need for promotion which is impossible when coughing interrupts my attempts to give talks etc.!


Essex Authors' Day

  • 18 March 2017, 10am to 3pm
  • Chelmsford Library, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH
  • Free entry
  • I will be signing books at this event between 12pm and1pm

This exciting day of workshops, stalls and activities brings together Essex-based authors and readers. Listen to author readings, pick up top tips in workshops, take part in the writing challenge, meet other writers, or simply browse and buy books.

Keynote workshops include sessions run by Chris McCully (University of Essex), Diane M Hinds (Film Producer and Speaker working in PR), and Derek Adams (Essex Poetry Festival).
More info:

Are you a Carer, local to Southend?

I will be leading a 'BOOK GROUP FOR CARERS' the first Monday of every month, starting
6 March 2017, at The Forum near Southend Central station, between 1.30pm and 3.00pm.

Are you in Calpe, Spain, on the 16 May 2017 by any chance?

Contact me for details of a one-off creative writing workshop I am doing - one request I could not resist!! Contact me for more info.

St John's 175th Anniversary

A week of celebration, including LOCAL HISTORY DAY WITH LOCAL AUTHORS

  • 21st June 2017, 10.30am to 3.30pm - I will be there in the morning
  • St John's Church, Southend (behind Park Inn Palace at bottom of Southend High Street)
  • Admission: FREE