Troll Life – Coming Soon Whilst Life In The Balance only came out in June of last year, I started work on my fourth novel, Troll Life, long before that. After what seems like a lifetime working on it, over 300 hours writing and editing and many more with the publishing process, it will finally … More Troll Life – Coming Soon
Almost by accident, I appear to have become a bit of a bridge enthusiast. Not that I have much more than a passing interest in engineering, but circumstance has put me in close contact with some of world’s most recognisable bridges. Many years ago I lived in Sydney, home to possibly the most famous bridge … More Many bridges to cross. My visit to the Northern Spire.
Like most people from Sunderland, Roker Pier & Lighthouse means a lot to me. It’s a famous landmark, the highlight of our stunning coastline and it hosts beautiful sunrises. It’s something to focus on and take your mind off a coastal run and somewhere that all Mackems will have wanted to explore as a child. … More Roker lighthouse as you’ve never seen it before.
Being the perfect guest. On the list of things I should do more of, guest blogging is there, but it’s not something I’ve ever quite got around to. I did a blog for 99% Perspiration and another one for Sunderland’s City of Culture bid last year but I’ve never quite followed it up with any … More Being the perfect guest.
As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I recently ‘finished’ my fourth novel, Troll Life, and I am awaiting feedback from my trusted team of reviewers. As they are doing me a massive favour, I am working to their timescales and they will read it whenever they are ready. So, how does a writer fill … More What a writer does when awaiting feedback.
My relationship with organised runs has been a little bit cursed. My inspiration for running was my mate Thomma who has always had a touch of Frank Spencer about him and I can’t help but think he’s had a hand in my running mishaps to date. I explained my reasons behind taking up running in … More Time is running gout. (My love hate relationship with running)
One month, nine venues, eighteen events and nearly five hundred attendees, I think it’s fair to say that the Sunderland Creative Writing Festival has been a bit of a success. I’m not sure when Iain Rowan first asked me if I wanted to be involved, it was probably in a dream or something. I’d run … More Tweets, Beasts and Writing Treats (The story of the Sunderland Creative Writing Festival 2018)
Sunderland Creative Writing Festival 2018 It’s been non stop in Parkinson Palace this week. I had a couple of freelance blogs to finish, I’d committed to doing my Winter Olympics blogs and I’ve finally begun to get my half marathon training back on track. Most exciting of all, the tickets went live for the Sunderland … More Festival Fever (Sunderland Creative Writing Festival 2018)
The whole operation had taken no more than an hour and I had been settled back into my chair a long while before Mr Swinbank, the deputy head, came into see me. “Pete, I know you are excluded from lessons but this is an emergency. Can you take this message round to all of the … More Leg It (Part Sixty-four)
It was 10.30 on Monday morning as I sat in the heating duct over looking the staff room. As usual, it was full at break time. A lot of coffee was drunk and there were the normal dreary discussions about timetables and exams. Mr Riley, the permanently angry head of Maths approached Mr Burns. “What … More Leg It (Part Sixty-three)