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...
Blog from Salisbury

Blog from Salisbury

Matt Stadlen and I go back a long way; to Salisbury as it happens, in 2014 when he was working at the Telegraph who in those days sponsored the literary festival. A lot has happened since then – to me, Matt, and the town. Matt has broadcast for LBC, interviewed...
Blog from Fowey

Blog from Fowey

The charming port of Fowey in Cornwall is closely associated with the writer Daphne du Maurier. She it was who wrote one of the most famous first lines of any English novel – ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Mandalay again.’ The beginning of...
Mr Pepper

Mr Pepper

Anyone who has read my childhood memoir ‘This Boy’ will realise the importance of Mr Pepper in my life. In 1964, following the death of our mother, my sister advised me to say nothing to my teachers or anybody who came under her broad definition of...