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

The treehouse is my favourite spot for dreaming. A  writer, photographer, social anthropologist and traveller, most things interest me and I hope you will find something here to interest you, too.

You will find my weekly Friday posts in the Blog, and articles I have written for other sites under Guest Posts – they are all on excellent websites well worth noting – and do relax for a moment in the Treehouse. I hope you enjoy your visit and I welcome your comments.

Latest 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. 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

[For those of you outside the UK, Writing Your Nonfiction Book is now available online from The Book Depository, freight free]

Current News: 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. Over the next few weeks I will post blogs about the workshops and the venues, including the places I visited for relaxation: Stamford, Edinburgh, and Vienna.

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

Coming up on the blog on Monday 27th October: A rare interview with crime author, Joe Stein. His latest Garron novel will be launched in London next month, so don’t miss this interview and the chance to attend the launch party.

Current Work:

On submission - 

A travel memoir of the five extraordinary and exciting years I worked in the remote West Sepik (Sandaun) province of Papua New Guinea is currently under submission. Sharing these experiences of the most culturally diverse country on earth has been rewarding and sometimes scary – re-visiting the last frontier of nature’s beauty, danger and challenge. Here is the opening paragraph:

‘A crocodile glared from under the blackboard where I was expected to stand. A young one, less than two metres long, but half its length was jaws. They said it was the best place; its snout and legs were tied with vines, but if it broke free they would see it before it got too far. Its skin would pay for their children’s school fees.’

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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