She looked in amazement as a spiral of rose gold vapour rose from her cupped hands. ‘Kiss me and then blow, blow hard,’ he’d said, ‘and you’ll call up the genie.’ She’d thought it was the spliff talking, after all, who believed in genies? She shivered, and the shiver ran the length of her …


CreativeWritingInk writing prompts

She caught my eye, folded up into the impossibly small space in the eaves. I knew that she was looking straight at me, and that nobody else could see her. She held a lamp, an old fashioned thing, except that its modernity was revealed by the trailing flex. She herself was a strange fusion of …


Archiving -life changes

As any visitors will have noticed, this website has not been active for the past year. Life changes, as they say, and I am currently on a detour. The destination remains the same – to start doctoral study on a formal programme. In the meantime I am studying Creative Writing, and it is modifying the …


All change!

After a year of relative academic inactivity (plenty of stuff going on but no formal university affiliation) I am back at the University of Chichester, following the MA course in Creative Writing. This is planned to be all part of my education towards my eventual doctoral thesis, but as ever I am open to all …


a pause

Nearly the end of the year; MRes completed with distinction, and now a pause before resuming academic study next September. I have been trying to take daily photographs as a record of these interregnum days. For now they stand unedited, waiting for more thought, more work, more action – a reflection of the days that …


nearly finished

A summer of rewriting (literature review and methodology sections), selecting work for presentation, arranging layouts of multiple photobooks for submission, and writing up my dissertation is almost over. The draft dissertation is with one of my (non-marking) supervisors and I’m waiting for comments before finalising it and sending it for printing and binding. This has …



As I make a very tentative start on assembling my artwork in a format suitable to present for my MRes, I have been reviewing work on erasure. This article has some good examples including work of contemporary artists with whom I was not familiar.