THE HARD CHOICES WHEN OUR HEROES LET US DOWN

On Saturday 3rd September the Canadian band Arcade Fire played Manchester Go Arena as part of their world tour to support the release of their new album ‘We’. As a fan of the band for 14 years I had a ticket for the concert; having seen them previously I consider them to be one ofContinue reading “THE HARD CHOICES WHEN OUR HEROES LET US DOWN”

SATURDAY 25TH JUNE. 1988. THE DAY INVINCIBLITY FELL FROM THE SKY

Ever had one of those moments, one of those times, when you felt that anything was possible? When all your plans fell into place? Or just simply something amazing you weren’t expecting to occur, dropped from space into your life? Did you feel at that moment that you could conquer the world? That you wereContinue reading “SATURDAY 25TH JUNE. 1988. THE DAY INVINCIBLITY FELL FROM THE SKY”

MY 6 WRITING DISTRACTIONS LYING IN WAIT

I’m currently lucky enough to be connected to a major theatre in Liverpool that is showing faith in me as a writer, and investing time and money to develop any potential I may have. And I’m about to start work on completing the first draft and on subsequent re-writes of a full-length play, based onContinue reading “MY 6 WRITING DISTRACTIONS LYING IN WAIT”

THE GYM VERSUS THE SOFA – MAN’S ETERNAL STRUGGLE

It’s a wet, cold Monday night in February. I had planned to go to the gym as part of my three-day training routine. But the house is warm and the sofa is…responsive. It’s old, it knows how I like things, it encourages me to slouch like the evil soft furnishings monster it is. I startContinue reading “THE GYM VERSUS THE SOFA – MAN’S ETERNAL STRUGGLE”

WHEN A PICTURE TELLS A STORY STILL TO BE WRITTEN

What is the favourite photo you have ever taken? What is about it that makes the image so special? When I was asked this recently, I considered a photo taken of my father a couple of years before he passed away, back when he was still relatively healthy, delighted to be with two of hisContinue reading “WHEN A PICTURE TELLS A STORY STILL TO BE WRITTEN”

FIVE THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR TODAY

What are the main things that we should be grateful for but are most likely to take for granted? Do we ever even think about them until they are under threat? When prompted recently to think of five things I am most grateful for it was good to stop and consider those things upon whichContinue reading “FIVE THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR TODAY”