Winding Starlight

Here is a story set in the mid-seventies, just as women were legally entitled to equal pay in Britain. Narrated by a young female production-line worker in a toilet roll factory, it concerns itself (lightly) with women’s rights and opportunities framed in the attitudes of the time, and politics in the dawn of the Thatcher […]

Arachne Press Celebrates International Women’s Day

Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. 2018 is also the year in which (some) British women were granted suffrage. To commemorate this, Arachne Press is producing an anthology of stories – We/She – featuring work selected from Liars’ League live lit events. In this case, stories about women, by women, which have been performed […]

Write To Be Counted at Keswick 13 March

A special reading event for the ‘Write To Be Counted‘ poetry anthology, raising funds for PEN International, will take place on Tuesday 13 March, 2018: 5.45pm, studio, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria, as part of the Words by the Water festival. A selection of featured poets will read from this splendid anthology. The event […]

Words by the Water 9 -18 March 2018: A Festival of Words and Ideas Comes to Keswick

The Theatre by the Lake is again the venue for the annual festival Words by the Water, the Cumbrian sister festival of the famous Dartington and Southwold festivals run by Ways With Words. Here in Cumbria, we look forward to the festival bus arriving with its seats packed with speakers – including, in no privileged […]


I don’t have a cat, but cats find their way into my writing.  Cats are messengers and story-tellers, and follow people through the ages, attaching themselves to the human story, translating it. Here is a poem about a famous cat, whose name I do not know, but she was real enough, and probably did not […]

Days of Wine and Avatars

Happy New Year. This morning it is 2018. Happy New Year has become a number. We’ll each forget to date correctly on a cheque, or note, until it becomes ‘the year’ proper, when we have forgotten it is new. Happy? Hopefully… Have your resoultions  (I’ll leave that typo!) become reality? Give wishful thinking a chance […]