The Ring


I will not throw my hat in the ring

I will not throw my head in the ring

Nor my heart

Nor any other part

Of me

I will enter complete

And with care

I will sit quietly for a good while

Some days I may

check the boundary and press the ropes

there is none to fight in the ring.

I will speak gently with myself of unspeakable things and

I will weep.

In time I will walk a path out and leave the ring through a gate that swings out and back in again.


November 2016

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Can’t say, yet.

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Image The Bespoke(n) project has got started and we have had meetings in London and Edinburgh. The website ( will be live very soon and very soon after that the crowdfunding campaign will get started.

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Back from India – Karma Cookies

So, after two weeks in the sunshine, we’re back with three strong plot lines and lots of images and impressions for a sequel to Om Shanti Babe. ImageImage

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Seven Stories and Enid Blyton!

I’m very excited about being Seven Stories’ Writer in Residence for the Enid Blyton Collection. I will be working with children and teachers at the primary school in Byker and the lovely staff and volunteers at the archive and visitor centre in the Ouseburn Valley. This is bound to be thirsty work. I wonder if I get a ginger beer allowance?

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Karma Cookies

I’m doing some research for OSB sequel, Karma Cookies. This involves meeting some very interesting people in some very lovely places. Huge thanks to the Beekeeper, Ian Wallace, and Fenwicks in Newcastle for inviting me onto the roof to visit their bees.

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The right note(paper)

So, Om Shanti, Babe is out and about and being read and getting some nice reviews and everything. It is definately time I stopped faffing and did some work on Karma Cookies. A friend has given me a notepad from her husband’s work stash. It has a drawing of a skeleton on one side. My handwriting has gone very neat all of a sudden. I wonder what else will be affected. ..

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