Hull

Hull

The establishment of any new independent bookshop is a cause for celebration; doubly so when it’s in my former constituency of Hull West and Hessle.   Julie Ellam took the brave decision to start her own bookshop last year and is enjoying her new life selling books in...
Belfast

Belfast

This photograph of me with Stephen Cosgrove, my interviewer at the Belfast Book Festival event last Thursday, shows my wife (and company photographer) Carolyn reflected in the mirror. Stephen was the perfect person to interview me about ‘In My Life’. Not only is he a...
Tewksbury

Tewksbury

As you can tell from this photograph of me shaking hands with Andrew Wilson whilst preparing to leave the Roses Theatre in Tewksbury after our show, the weather hasn’t improved.   This is the last date on the ‘An Evening With’ theatre tour that began last...
Nantwich

Nantwich

Crewe and Nantwich are often spoken of as one, which is unsurprising given that the two towns form one parliamentary constituency. In reality they are miles apart and very different places.   We arranged to pop into Nantwich Bookshop at 46 High Street as part of our...
Crewe

Crewe

The Royal Hotel in Crewe was apparently constructed specifically to host a visit to the town by Queen Victoria. I was told that there is an underground passageway linking the hotel to the station in order to avoid the monarch getting wet if it rained.   There is no...