Hello and thanks for visiting my website. Here’s a bit about me and what you’ll find here… I always wanted to be a writer. At school I got into trouble for making things up and frightening the other pupils with my tall tales. Perhaps it was this negative response that encouraged me to pursue a career telling true stories – in the shape of reporting, journalism and feature writing.
Like most journalists and writers, a good story is what motivates me to write, but I think nature is my number one inspiration. That’s why it’s the main focus of my writing on this site and in my weekly What are you looking at? newsletter (to which you can subscribe for free here.)
That said, you’ll find I write on a variety of subjects here (and elsewhere). The list of sections to the right (or towards the bottom of the page if you’re reading this on a smartphone) hopefully gives you an idea of what ‘and more’ consists of. Please note Birds & wildlife is my main nature writing section, so titled to make the section appear higher up the alphabetical list. Whatever your reason for visiting, thanks again and I hope you enjoy reading.
A punning title for a book about moths; being a fan of both puns and moths I was sold. Yet Much Ado About Mothing by James Lowen is as much about compulsion and/or obsession as it is about winged insects. As such it will likely also appeal to those with hobbies which drive them to […]
Although I did a podcast series (about beer) a few years ago, it’s taken me this long to begin experimenting with audio here. Partly, it was about the challenges of doing so and the limitations of what media could be uploaded. However, the wait is over and I give you… a mini – or maybe […]
Here we are again in lockdown and I know for some it’s like being under house arrest. The affect on our mental health is a big issue and trying to stay positive can present a real challenge. Often when times are hard, or there’s a stressful or unpleasant event to be endured, having something to […]