Crime Night

Thursday 9th March sees authors Gordon Lowe, Hugh Fraser, Chris Collett and Stephen Booth discussing crime. Under the expert eye of former policeman Gary Hyde, the differences and similarities between fictional crime and true crime.

With opportunities to chat to authors who have enjoyed seeing over 40 publications on the shelves between them, come along and enjoy the hospitality, meet old friends and make new ones with a common interest.


Email or call 07562 653565 for further information on how to get your ticket – look forward to seeing you at the Globe Inn, Lower Gungate, Tamworth at 19:00. But act fast as tickets are selling fast.

Meanwhile also check out other events, a full list available on Facebook at

Tamworth Writing Competition

Tamworth LitFest


Are you a creative writer?

Entries are now open for The Tamworth and District Civic Society and Tamworth Writers Group Tamworth writing competition.

With prizes totalling £310.00 Which will hopefully aspire all budding writers  who have not yet been published to enter. Entries must  be set in and around Tamworth Staffordshire and a particular building or address.

The closing date for all entries  is Tuesday 31st January 2017. Winners to be announced in April 2017.

For full entry details please click on the writing-competition PDF link.

Good luck to all who enter.

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Brixham Museum – a new book


The official launch on Saturday 29th April 2016 at Brixham Museum will see both ebook and paperback available.

For those wanting the paperback, simply visit my website and follow the links. However the ebook is also available, either by contacting me or via Brixham Heritage Museum website.

Money raised from the sale of both forms of the book goes to support the museum. Any support would be greatly appreciated, be it a tweet, retweet, Facebook like, link, email recommendation or, best of all, a purchase.



Another Fund-Raising Update

As reported in this week’s local press the fund-raising continues and for those who have given thus far a big thank you. If not there is still time to donate but time is running short so don’t delay.

The local press ran a piece on the update and featured a nice image of me with the coveted Countdown clock and a screen-shot of my first appearance. Note the captioner thought it necessary to add that I’m the one seated on the right. Whether I should be flattered or not I am unsure – yet it did occur to me this may open another sponsorship opportunity.

I do not own a hair band of any description, let alone one with slightly oversized daisies. Thus if there are any stockists or manufacturers of hair bands with daisy motifs who would like to sponsor me to wear such then please get in touch(other motifs would be considered).

Countdown – an update

For those who have been watching you will already be aware of the results from my experience on Channel 4’s Countdown broadcast this week. For those who have not managed to see them you can catch up with by following the links to watch Wednesday’s and Thursday’s broadcasts.

As and when you have seen them please contribute to the fund to enable us to bring a long-awaited weekend-long Literary Festival to my home town of Tamworth. If everyone reading this contributed just 1 penny for every point I score, the total would be reached with ease. For those who have already contributed my sincere gratitude but please pass the link on to others and help us bring leading lights in the world of publishing to Tamworth.

Meanwhile the challenge to appear on as many game shows as possible goes on – more news very soon. However, if you have a niche for me in a competition of the cerebral kind (my athletic days are well behind me!), or would like to invite me to take part in a competition you’re involved in, drop me a line.