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My thoughts on writing, books, reading and folklore.

March 4, 2019

I might have mentioned I’m beginning a Masters in Celtic Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. I’m very excited; nervous too given the strange state of my brain and mental health since whenever. It’ll be a challenge, quite different to what it might...

January 21, 2019

Why Folklore?

And why is it important to me?

Sounded simple enough questions, only once you start to strip away the obvious you quite quickly get down to things not so simple, or indeed nice to face. This is the first time I've written about this, and it all starts off i...

September 3, 2018

Well this was a strange one for me. At times it dropped to a 2 star, then rose up to a 4 star and then ended overall as a 3 star for me.

How to explain?

At the beginning there was a bit too much 'tell' and not enough 'show'. This made the book difficult to read for m...

July 17, 2018

I enjoyed this.

I love mythology, especially Celtic folklore, and although well aware of Norse mythology - mainly through popular culture and the like - I wasn't so knowledgeable about the detail. For instance I wasn't aware of the detail around Ragnarok, Loki's childre...

June 18, 2018

The next few weeks my blog will be about the books I've read. Recently, of course. It follows on from my thoughts on reading Jean Teule's 'The Poisoning Angel' last week, and will include the likes of 'Norse Mythology' by Neil Gaiman, 'Folk' by Zoe Gilbert, and some sh...

June 11, 2018

I enjoyed one of those wonderful events recently; you know the one, when you pick up a random book in the library and it turns out to be truly amazing. The book in question was 'The Poisoning Angel' by Jean Teulé; a donated book, and the library was in Sandy. It was a...

September 22, 2017


With some authors;

When you finish one of their works you have to give it time to settle in and 'become' before casting your immediate judgement, so to speak. Steinbeck is one of those authors.

I love his narrative and prose, of that there is no doubt....

April 24, 2017

Today I treated myself.

No writing.

Well, what I mean is no creative writing as yet. There’s still four hours of today left, and after teasing the blog out I might be inspired. It’s my first day off in as long as I remember. Not that a writer ever truly stops.

I read Poe,...

April 10, 2017

This week I’d like to raise awareness of...

‘Inside the Bell Jar’

A literary journal and brave new venture, this online journal aims to deliver an honest and, at times, quite harrowing insight into the complexities, range and challenges of mental illness. Released quarte...