The James Joyce camel

My daughter has a Picasso on the sitting room wall. You’re wondering if it’s original? Why, every bit as original as the Cézanne I have at home. But that’s beside the point. The… Continue reading

The Book a Break results

I’ve just received the text below from Ingrid Jendrzejewski, judge of this year’s Book a Break competition. My thanks go to her first of all for performing her task so conscientiously. It’s a… Continue reading

Mad cows and Vikings

It wasn’t planned, but we got to Cadiz just as the carnival was starting. As the Spanish skyscanner site quite rightly says, es un clásico entre los clásicos y entre los más famosos carnavales… Continue reading

Tic tacs and goblins

I’ve been travelling a lot recently. 122 journeys in the last ten days. And I don’t mean down to the local shops – I’ve been to Cyprus, Kenya, Poland, the USA, India, Greece…… Continue reading

121!

Yes, that’s the number of entries to the 2017 Book a Break short story competition. That’s a 60% increase over last year. Phew! So this is just a quick post to thank all… Continue reading

Final Call

Book a Break Short Story competition: final call.

Stringing words together

Though no longer an expat, at least not in Mayotte, I still get email alerts of new threads on the expat blog’s Mayotte forum. (Actually, Mayotte being French, ‘expat’ is something of a… Continue reading

Through stupid eyes

You can never be too careful who you write about. In One Green Bottle there’s a passage which I thought quite inoffensive, where a couple of young boys ‘borrow’ their uncle’s rifle and go… Continue reading

The Amazing App

I haven’t been up to much lately. Maybe due to the weather. We’re in Cambridge right now – one day bright and freezing, the next day mild and wet. Both of which induce me to… Continue reading

Cat Tales is out!

Well, it took a while, but Cat Tales, the anthology of 21 of the best stories submitted to the first Book a Break short story competition is now available. And there’s no better… Continue reading