Five books that I read last year because I had to

Five books that I read last year because I had to

There were five books that I read last year because I had to, having been commissioned to review them for various newspapers and magazines. Those reviews should all be on this site somewhere and you’ll easily discern that my favourite was ‘Politics On The Edge’ by...
The final Steph’s Packed Lunch – December 8th 2023

The final Steph’s Packed Lunch – December 8th 2023

Here’s the team responsible for making ten hours and fifty minutes of fun television every week. I’ve loved being part of Steph’s Packed Lunch for the last three years. Filmed at Leeds Dock it wasn’t far to travel from my home in East Yorkshire...
Times/Sunday Times Literature Festival at Sea

Times/Sunday Times Literature Festival at Sea

This messy group photograph is of the authors who crossed the Atlantic from Southampton to New York at the end of November on what was in essence the Cheltenham Literature Festival at sea. As one of the organisers said, “We now call Cheltenham, our land-based...
In My Life – the Lake District Tour

In My Life – the Lake District Tour

‘In My Life – a Music Memoir’ was my fourth book, published in 2018 and it formed the basis for a 52 date theatre tour in 2019/20. Each chapter of the book covers a year between my first music memory in 1957 and twenty five years later when I finally...
Wes Streeting

Wes Streeting

Coming straight to Cheltenham from Labour’s conference in Liverpool, Wes Streeting joined me at Cheltenham Town Hall on Thursday afternoon to discuss his ‘memoir of growing up and getting on’. Wes took a packed audience through the book’s intriguing title ‘One Boy,...