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

Tiki and Percy

Tiki and Percy were friends. It hadn’t always been so. When Tiki arrived, Percy had been there a dozen years. ‘Where on earth’, he wondered, ‘has this grotesque lump of wood come from?’ Tiki… Continue reading

Kent Road Car

I’ve been in the box these past 40 years. Only came out with the Great Declutter. ‘Hey, Car!’ Curtis exclaimed. ‘I’d almost forgotten all about you.’ For one heady moment, he thought I… Continue reading

Sores and Afflictions

Last week I was in Lyon for the Jéco, which stands for Journées de l’Economie. Now economics isn’t really my field – I was accompanying Mrs. B, who knows far more about it… Continue reading

Villains, Democracy and Reality

I suppose you could create a fictional character who was xenophobic, misogynistic, grotesque and despicable. And for good measure, you could give him a ridiculous hairpiece and have him run for President. But… Continue reading