Welcome to the Treehouse: writing…..travel……books…..photographs

The Treehouse is my favourite spot for dreaming. A  writer, photographer, social anthropologist and traveller, I post about all of these topics on the Blog page with articles and photo-essays. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful, and do relax for a moment in the Treehouse while you are here.

Latest News: Coming soon – new travel memoir



Inside the Crocodile: the Papua New Guinea Journals

A rare insider view of the most culturally diverse nation on earth and the realities of working in remote development areas.

A beta reader’s comment: Inside the Crocodile is an enormously enjoyable book full of touching moments, beautiful descriptive passages and plenty of humour.”

How much do you know about this ‘Land of Surprises’? 2015 is Papua New Guinea’s 40th anniversary of Independence, and the South Pacific Games will be held there this year on July 18th in the capital, Port Moresby. Now is your opportunity to learn more about this exciting country.

You can join friends and colleagues in Sandaun (West Sepik) celebrating Province Day:

province day bilas 1

Meet the challenge of driving along dodgy roads:

vehicle bridge Amanab

And walk with Frisbee Hound Dog on the tiny island paradise of Wuvulu:

path under palms Wuvulu

Official publication date  of Inside the Crocodile is October 28th 2015 for paperback and ebook editions online and in bookshops. And both print and digital editions contain lots of photographs. Review copies will be available months ahead of that date, and the book will be available for pre-order.

Stay tuned for cover reveal and more news.

Other News: New release in paperback - 

Writing Your nonfiction Book: the complete guide to becoming an author is now released in paperback, and is available from main online retailers worldwide, and from good bookshops in the UK. For those of you living outside the UK, it is available online from The Book Depository (free freight), and if you are in New Zealand, it is on Fishpond.

And not simply ‘any kind’ of author, but the author of a persuasive, readable and entertaining narrative of facts: the creative or narrative non-fiction that readers and publishers now expect. and to which serious writers, even academics, should aspire. 

Find more information and a review from the writers’ and publishers’ ezine, Words with JAM,  by clicking on the cover image below:

Now in paperback

Now in paperback

The 2014 Book Tour : Netherlands and UK workshop tour -

I am now back in New Zealand after an exciting and successful tour leading writing workshops and giving talks in Amsterdam, Nottingham, Bolton, Manchester, Bath and Worthing – 8 events in 7 weeks! The feedback from participants was inspiring, and made it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Under ‘writing’ on the blog, you will find posts about the workshops, fiction and non-fiction, and tips on how to design them.

Note: If you missed the events, readings for the talks and practical exercises for the ‘Deep Character’ workshops were drawn from Inside Stories for Writers and Readers, you can read a new review of this resource book here: http://tiny.cc/43hqjx

Current Work:

Work in progress – 

My work-in-progress is a narrative non-fiction celebration of story and storytelling from a social-historical perspective. Nick-named, with affectionate exasperation, the magnum opus, it is a formidable project requiring massive research – but a labour of love. The idea has been fermenting in my mind for a couple of years and will no longer be put aside.

If my blog posting becomes a little irregular over coming months, you will know why.


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