About me

Readin’ and writin’ have always been easier for me than ‘rithmetic, so I write stories and poems, make an occasional video, and recently started sketching.…


escape UK winter

Winter blues?

I escaped the UK winter with my dog. Read how I came to the decision to go.


sketching the lake

Sketching the lake

Here’s today’s sketch, made on another grey, cold day. I climbed over a fence to draw from the lakeside ...


Sketching the windmill

It's Springtime so I went drawing, and this is my version of the view from a seaside shelter near home.


drawing the bay

Sketching the bay

Well the drawing lessons have been running for a few weeks now and I’ve been unhappy with my output from them. I needed to get out from the classroom into the…


beginners pine cone drawn quickly

“Drawing for beginners”

I've started attending a "Drawing for Beginners" evening class at a local college. The 1st lesson wasn't what I was expecting...


Emp'uh'uh of the empire

The Emp’uh’uh

RoryStoryCubes helped me write this piece of flash fiction about a dog, a dragonfly and a dragon in a spare half-hour.


Sketches of Spain

Following a birthday one year I had some drawing lessons with an excellent local artist. I went to Spain after that and spent some time doing some sketches…


Round robin anyone?

Some time ago I took part in writing a 'round robin' ...


Gardenias again

I've updated this flash fiction about a man who, living alone, comes home from another hard day at the office. Everything's not as it was...


Interruptions

Steve got a writing toolkit for Christmas, and last night we each took one of its' emery boards, each with a prompt on it, and started writing. Then he…


Detail from a Lowry painting at Kelvingrove

Our day at Kelvingrove Art Gallery

I visited Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and made a video. It's no "War & Peace", at just 78 seconds long, but I hope you like it.


The wheels on the bus …

Writers & Artists Yearbook recently asked on Facebook "Writing exercise time: write a short paragraph to accompany this image." I posted this ...


About 35°C in the shade

'Opening the wardrobe door' was a recent writing prompt I was given. Quick as a flash fiction writer, I came up with this...


6 word story anyone?

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's famous iconic 6 word story, I had a few attempts. read 'em here and be embarrassed for me.


Murder. No mystery.

The runes were cast and these are what the gods came back with - a black cat, a lightning bolt, a light bulb, an eye, a question, a footprint, an abacus, a…


For Your Pleasure

Listen to my poem, "For Your Pleasure", written following an exhibition by Vik Muniz at CAC Malaga, Oct 2012, while you look at photos of his wonderful…


Photo prompt kills!

The little man had sharp blue eyes similar to those of a mynah bird we once had caged in the kitchen at home. Gordon continued, "He's my most trusted forensic…


Two poems …

I wrote a couple of poems recently. The first is my take on an 'echo' poem. The prompt was 'edge' so typically oblique, I made U2's guitarist the subject.…


Tommy’s tale

“Tell them Tommy. It might help.” she said. Her partner, who was probably in his early 60s, seemed reluctant to go forward, but eventually he moved towards…


Picture of some Rory Story Cubes

The City

I admire my handiwork and the slowly ripening larder, that hourly provides me with succulent tidbits and morsels, some barely able to scream such is their…


Is there life?

More photographic prompts this week er… “prompted” me to combine 2 snaps into a quick sci-fi 70’s pastiche. Simples!


bots

"I know what you mean" St John squeaked. "I mean, where are the women? We came here for a night of sybaritic pleasure and no totty about. Not a sausage. I was…


Cento

From the Latin word for “patchwork," the cento (or collage poem) is a poetic form made up of lines from poems by other poets. Though poets often borrow lines…


Oscar

Here’s a poem abut one of my cats…


Oscar, Ella and Ringo

Our cat lost us, so I wrote about the trauma. i guess it helped me.


Calvin and Hobbes

Recently, after making a donation, my wife brought home a book of comic strips from a charity table at work. It was "The Calvin And Hobbes Tenth Anniversary…


Streets of fire

A picture of a boy and a miner freshly out of the mine inspired me to write this piece of flash fiction...


The Elephant of Doom

This is a piece of hokum, inspired by Rudyard Kipling's characters in "The Jungle Book"...


The Morning After the Night Before

You know the one where someone shows you a work of art or even just an everyday household object, and it inspires you to write something? I'll show you mine,…


Dialogue

I was asked to write something entirely in dialogue. I'm not the greatest talker in the world but when it comes to imagining a dialogue that's easier for…


Horror flash

I wrote this piece when my friend Lauren brought in another yet another great idea - write some flash fiction. She gave us the idea that a little boy was in…


Writer’s Block

Anyway I was tellin' you about this geezer. Supposed to have done a lot he has. A lotta writin’ not a lotta wacky baccy! Does a lot of soul searchin’ too I…


Just like Conan Doyle?

Don't deny you always wanted to write like Conan Doyle? Me too. So I gave it a go.


Adolphus and Me

What if a fascist group rose to prominence in the United States, sometime round about now? Huh? Well what would YOU do?


xenon headlight

Haiku

A haiku is a 3-line poem with 17 syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Thought I'd give it a bash!


Bonnie and Clyde

I wrote this when I got a homework request for something biographical in a college class. It was inspired by a BBC 2 Timewatch programme I watched about…


En Ronda

This poem was inspired by a photograph of a building awning I saw in September 2007, in Ronda, Southern Spain. The huge photo depicted some famous local…


Paseo de Pedregalejo, Malaga Este

Ash crisis? What ash crisis?

When the airline says its safe to fly again, sadly it looks like our holiday is nearly over


Pedregalejo

On Holiday in the Shadow of the Volcano

When the volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in Iceland it caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe and also to my holiday!…


hadrians murdo

Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall

Drawn by the first-ever lighting of the 70-mile monument from end to end, thousands of visitors filled every local car park, lay-by and footpath, while…


The Dean of Gibraltar

Here's an extract from a long standing project I've got on, writing a series of short stories about Gibraltar clergy - don't ask me why but it seemed a good…


An Introduction to Gibraltar

I worked in Gibraltar for 6 months a few years ago. For me it was an amazing and unique experience. Here are a few things I learned.


In The Machine

...as he pressed the On button, there was a loud report, the TV screen shattered and an acrid cloud exuded from the gaping hole where it had been.


Those Were the Days

In 2009 some old friends and I made a nostalgic return to some old pub haunts. I played the papparazi part. We all ended up feeling old. Where did the time go?


Honey

How Honey Got Happy

As soon as Honey Dale woke up, Steve Taylor’s face swam into view. It was a waking nightmare. She stopped herself from screaming as memories flooded back. In…


Perfect Day

As part of an exercise in characterisation, the men in my class were asked to write a piece about a woman, and the ladies were to write about a man. Examples…


Francisco y Cayetano

I recently read and enjoyed for a second time, Death and the Sun, A Matador’s Season in the Heart of Spain. As the book’s description says:- “Is it an immoral…


I’m back…

Some of my friends in Gibraltar noticed the site was down. I’m happy to report it’s back online again. Thanks Roy and Sylvie!


Spoon

Here's a 'concrete poem' I wrote. Concrete, pattern, or shape poetry is … “poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying…


Joosy

Chris opened the driver’s door of the 1990 Focus and Joosy ran forward and was in the back seat before he could say “knife”. He had tried and inside the car…


Hand in hand with the great Stephen King?

Recently in my creative writing class we carried out an exercise, adding to the beginning or end of a fragment of text we’d been given by our tutor. I was…


The Rock

I think this was one of the first pieces of ‘flash fiction’, for want of a better term, I ever wrote in the first Creative Writing class I attended, in 2009.…


Sonnet

This poem was inspired by watching tv adverts showing shiny, happy people buying nice sofas, immediately followed by ‘Warzone’. ‘Warzone’ was a Channel 5…