How to write Dark Age poetry (yes, you can)

It annoys me when authors invent an olde-worlde society in which all the characters seem basically to be modern people with a greater tolerance for violence and a capacity for magic. But then I am reminded, when writing pseudo-medieval stories or reading those written by others,...


Some sad endings, or Seventies TV

An actor called Paul Darrow, "science fiction icon", died this week. This set me off on an obscure trip down memory lane, and in particular to an evening long ago in my grandparents’ spare bedroom, which I spent learning some of DG Rossetti’s poem “Sister Helen.”...


In which I show off about showing off

Last Saturday night, I took part in a talent competition (I didn’t win.  Congratulations to two lovely dance troupes, and an excellent saxophonist, who did.)  It was very well-organised, the proceeds went to charity, and a good time was had by all.  There was cake. Usually...