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Skeptics in the pub

I’d known for a while that Tunbridge Wells had a Skeptics in the pub group, but had never really fancied going along, until last night. Held on the first Thursday of every month, the best way to find out about SitP is to read the wikipedia page…. and I’ll just tell you about last night. … Continue reading

Views from Lewes Castle

When my children were young I loved (even if they didn’t) the books about The Little Red Train. Being at the top of Lewes Castle reminded me of that, seeing distant views and tiny people! In the bottom photo, on left, beyond the bowling green and a couple of buildings, is the second of the … Continue reading

Word Up! Holly McNish

A while ago I was advised to try and make time to get to ‘Word Up!’ on Wednesday 9th April, to see highly acclaimed Hollie McNish. I have written before about ‘Word Up!’, but if you are reading for the first time – ‘Word Up!’ is a spoken word event held in The Forum, hosted … Continue reading

February Read Your Words

After a ‘bit of a break’ I hosted another round of ‘Read Your Words’ at Javabean Cafe last night. The walls made a perfect backdrop with art by Felicity Williams, and ten people came along to read, some for the first time. We had a mix of prose and poetry, with subjects as wide ranging … Continue reading

Book review? “Live at The Brixton Academy”

I don’t think I’ve written a book review before! However, I had a ‘Waterstones’ (other bookshops are available) Gift Card for Christmas, and while browsing, spotted ‘Live at The Brixton Academy; a riotous life in the music business’ by Simon Parkes, with JS  Rafaeli. This isn’t a full review, as I’m only on page 151, … Continue reading

Dave McKean at the Art Gallery

This is the moment when I admit to not having heard of Dave McKean, by name,  until the staff at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery said in very excited voices “We’ve got the Dave McKean exhibition next year!!” But like very many other people, I will have seen his work somewhere, at sometime, and … Continue reading


Yesterday I was in London. The reason for being there, was the press launch for ‘Birdsong – the stage show’ at the National Army Museum (next to Royal Hospital Chelsea, top photo). I walked into NAM right behind author Sebastian Faulks, but I don’t think he noticed me. Details of ‘Birdsong’ as a play will … Continue reading

Merry Christmas 2013

In terms of a blink of an eye, that year has gone quickly. I have pondered the wiseness of this, but would like to say ‘Thanks’ to some people who have helped make 2013 a good year. Not quite a New Year’s Honours List, more a Merry Christmas One and All. So, in no particular … Continue reading


This is my short story for Tunbridge Wells Writers Fright Night, following a brief of: “Horror! Terror! Fear!!” MURDERING WORDS If you want to know something about Thomas Becket, then you need to speak to Lionel Fettiplace. This is just what the Friends of Victory Park did. But when they sent that first email, none … Continue reading

A mixed bag… Americans, Poems, AM

It’s been a busy week. I sort of missed blogging yesterday after being blown away by the music from the night before, so now we are on a mix of music and poetry. However, as last night was the fourth Javabean poetry night (bottom photo), not too much to report – we all had a … Continue reading