Mary Beard

Mary Beard

On Saturday I supported a super-star. Mary Beard is doing a six theatre tour promoting her latest book – ‘Emperor of Rome’, currently Britain’s No.1 best seller. I was asked to interview her at York Opera House although the photograph shows us...
Blog from Oxford 2.0

Blog from Oxford 2.0

They have a lot of festivals in Oxford. I was there earlier this year interviewing Ann Cleeves and Val McDermid at the Literary Festival and here I am again on July 11th. This time I’m being interviewed by Helen Pike, Master of Magdalen College School, for the Oxford...
GPO Memorial in Garden of Remembrance

GPO Memorial in Garden of Remembrance

‘The Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance (POFR) was set up by GPO workers between the wars to provide places for their colleagues who’d fought in the Great War to go on holiday. (Prior to the 1960s the General Post Office was the name of the company that employed...
Kindle Price Promotion – The Late Train to Gipsy Hill

Kindle Price Promotion – The Late Train to Gipsy Hill

Just sharing some exciting news – Kindle have selected ‘The Late Train to Gipsy Hill’ for their July monthly price promotion, which will run from the 1st to the end of the month. If you haven’t bought a copy already, this is the time to grab yourself...
Lowdham Book Festival

Lowdham Book Festival

Jane Streeter has run The Bookcase, an independent book seller on Main Street, Lowdham, for many years. She started the Lowdham Book Festival and is the dynamo that has maintained its success.    I’ve appeared here four times but my event on Friday was my first with a...
Signing on the Dotted Line

Signing on the Dotted Line

On Wednesday I signed the contract that options the screen rights for ‘The Late Train to Gipsy Hill’ to a production company called ItWorx. The company belongs to actress Michelle Collins (Cindy Beale in Eastenders but also so many other parts in a stellar...
Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival

The Essex Book Festival is in its 21st year and is, I think, unique for covering not just a town or city but an entire county.   Chelmsford is the county town and it was at its magnificent library that I appeared on Wednesday, June 19th. Here I am with Seona Ford...
Blog from Melrose

Blog from Melrose

Melrose in Scotland is the venue for the Borders Book Festival. Authors and readers have been gathering in this beautiful part of the world for twenty years now.   Here I am on Thursday, June 13th forming a temporary coalition with Lib. Dem. Michael Moore. Michael and...
Books on the Beach – 2 Events

Books on the Beach – 2 Events

Scarborough’s ‘Books on the Beach’ is one of my favourite book festivals. One reason is because it’s not that far from where we live but mainly it’s because it’s so well organised by some of our favourite people. Chief amongst these...
Blog from Illminster

Blog from Illminster

I am patron of the Ilminster Lit Fest and try to get down to this lovely corner of Somerset as often as I can. This year, as well as my own event on Saturday night, I was meant to be interviewing Wes Streeting about his childhood memoir, ‘One Boy, Two Bills and a Fry...