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Bring out your dead

On Saturday August 29, thousands of people gathered together in Trafalgar Square to protest government policy over Covid-19 and its implications for the future of mankind. Months of confusion, mixed messages and inept handling has resulted in an atmosphere of fear and alienation, and a threat to worldwide security the like of which has never before been seen. How did…

Manic Depression

Imagine the best day you ever had then times it by ten. This might bring you close, but it wouldn’t gain you entry into the ballpark known as mania. Those of us who’ve scaled such heights know what it means to live among the gods and be gifted with superhuman powers – albeit temporarily. Mania is a place of mystical…

Firestarter

Contrary to popular belief, the Emperor Nero did not fiddle while Rome burned. In fact, way back in AD 64 the instrument in question had yet to be invented. But one question has always divided the historians. Did the consummate artist and supreme head of state really have a hand in the blaze that destroyed two-thirds of the City? History…

Limitless

Ambition is a hard road to walk and an even harder road to navigate when you’re prone to stumbling. Many things can hold you back. Sleep deprivation. The sniper in the mind that takes great delight in attacking you when you’re down. People who aren’t what they seem. All these and more can undermine the most resilient personality, leaving you…

Drowning by Numbers

‘Drowning by Numbers’ was first published in 2014. It charts indie-musician Joe E Byron’s descent into alcohol and drug addiction and the impact this has on his family and friends. Writing it wasn’t easy – I had to draw on some of my own experiences to authenticate the text, and worked through countless drafts to find the right voice. What…

The Butterfly Collector

‘What happens when everything you have is not enough?’ I first penned The Butterfly Collector in 2007 in a couple of hardback notebooks. It started, as most of my novels do, with a single idea – in this case, a couple meeting for the first time in the kitchen at a party. Peter Calliet is a property developer who has all…

Doppelganger Performance Group

Live performance has many things going for it, not least the ability of the actors taking part to connect with an audience on a truly visceral level. The experience is unique and intimate, and doesn’t rely on special effects to create tension. Doppelganger Performance Group put on an intriguing and entertaining showcase of stage plays at Bournemouth University on Saturday…

And now for something almost completely different

Novelists often complain that reading their earlier work leaves them with a distinct feeling of unease. The passage of time between one piece of work and another inevitably leads the author to a different place – greater maturity and depth of insight, perhaps, or simply an earnest desire to improve upon his previous attempt. Writing a novel requires a considerable…

Heart of a Murderer

Neville Heath was an ex-RAF pilot who murdered a part-time actress in a London hotel room then went on the run, sparking the biggest manhunt in British history. A charming and extremely plausible psychopath who talked his way into all levels of British society, Heath left an indelible impression on the public psyche. After booking in to the Tollard Royal Hotel…

The killer is me

I’ve often wondered where my fascination with the darker side of life comes from. My writing tends to reflect this taste and leads me into areas other writers might choose to leave alone. Although I’ve drawn on autobiographical material in the past, the old advice to write about what you know has never really appealed to me. As a writer,…