Category Archives: inspirations

At the Top of the Harbour (Portchester Castle)

About a month ago, I posted this picture of the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour on Facebook. I was standing on a meeting place of old and new, on the edge of a modern outlet shopping centre, Gunwharf Quays, but below … Continue reading

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Across the border (a week in Liddesdale 1/2)

Some of you will know, from odd comments I’ve made here and there, that I’m working on a new ghost story set in the Scottish borders. A little bit of fun with a set of randomly generated map coordinates landed … Continue reading

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Ironbridge Gorge: Tiles, China and Tar

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my trip to Ironbridge and its pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution. This is a rather belated follow up post about the later industrial history of the Ironbridge Gorge. Although the initial industry … Continue reading

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The fruit is dead, and yet the leaves are green (Aldershot in Winter)

So, my hometown’s a shithole. Nobody disputes this. Even the locals call Aldershot “All-the-shit”. It’s sprawling, ugly, poor, the only local crime hotspot, the only place for miles where the houseprices won’t quite bankrupt you, it’s dirty, it’s lairy, it’s … Continue reading

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Rainbow Snippets (16th-17th January)

Another week, another six sentences for the amazing Rainbow snippets group on Facebook. If you’re not following this, do go and have a look, because loads of authors from eveyr corner of our genre are joining in to share six … Continue reading

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From Jane Austen to bloody war: A Visit to Alton

Just before Christmas, Mum and I spent a day in the local market town of Alton. I’d given it a passing mention in A Frost of Cares and was curious to track down the real life evidence of the battle … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Old Roads

So, for a change of pace, let me take a break from talking about Resistance (which is out next Tuesday–did I mention that? Did I mention it enough? Tuesday! Meep) and instead tell you of murder most foul, of vanishing roads … Continue reading

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