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 will soon be in good bookshops in the UK. More information, a review from the writers’ and publishers’ ezine, Words with JAM, (and a huge early-bird discount until September 30th) are yours 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 -

Please note that the Amsterdam workshops are now sold out and booking is closed. If you are in the UK, there is a list below of my workshops there that still have places available.

Saturday September 6, and Sunday September 7: ‘Finding Deep Character’ workshop in Amsterdam, at the ABC (The American Book Center) Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012 XK Amsterdam. A link to full details on their website is here: http://www.abc.nl/frontpage/events/index.php?show=details&place=treehouse&event=1386 …

Workshops confirmed in the UK:

Saturday 13 September: ‘Finding and Writing Deep Character’, held in Nottingham, hosted by Nottingham Writers Studio. Workshop details here: http://tiny.cc/w95kjx  and follow them on Twitter @NWStudio

Tuesday 30 September: ‘Finding and Writing Deep Character’ for a writing group in Manchester. Details to be posted soon.

Wednesday 1 October: ‘Finding and Writing Deep Character’ for a secondary school writing group in Bolton.

Monday 6 October: ‘Start Your Nonfiction Book’, held at Mr B’s Emporium of Books, a bookshop not to be missed in Bath, hosted by Writing Events Bath, details on their website here: http://tiny.cc/cp6kjx and follow them on Twitter @writingevents

Thursday 9 October: a talk on ‘Finding Deep Character’, in Worthing, hosted by West Sussex Writers. You can see their website here:  westsussexwriters.co.uk and follow them on Twitter @WestSussexWrite

Other locations may be added, watch this space…

Note: practical exercises for the ‘Deep Character’ workshops are 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:

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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