The bones of a song

November 14, 2014

Six new Uffmoor Woods Music Club tracks have come along, currently in various states of completion. I like the way Ableton Live enables you to capture ideas quickly that will then become the bones of a song. I’ve been able to record a melody and immediately start playing along to it to find accompanying parts […]

The Roses of Heliogabalus

November 8, 2014

The Roses of Heliogabalus by Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The Roses of Heliogabalus We were talking about art and taking wine with our sensuous king when a slave released the canopy and petals – their blush-making softness, their deafening of the skin – continued falling through us. And when the late sun reddened, guards turned the litter […]

The Cave Diver: a Halloween story

October 15, 2014

Leaves are streaming from the trees and the long nights are drawing in. At this time of year the weather keeps us indoors, our mood becomes more introspective and, perhaps, our taste for the macabre grows. It’s in this spirit (ooOOoo!) that I offer this chilling tale. The Cave Diver The pumpkin curdles on the […]

Shigeru’s Cave shortlisted for Live Canon 2014

September 30, 2014

Poetry news! ‘Shigeru’s Cave’ has been shortlisted for this year’s Live Canon International Poetry Competition. It’s a series of three Italian sonnets imagining one of the fathers of modern gaming, Shigeru Miyamoto, as a kind of schoolboy hermit exploring Platonic territories. Miyamoto is (of course) the creator of the Super Mario Bros. and Legend of […]

A philistine visits Tate St. Ives

September 14, 2014

However spellbinding the exhibitions at the Tate St. Ives, I’ve always felt that nothing can beat the view of Porthmeor beach from the upper gallery. Pulling your attention away from the indigo waves you’ll notice fascinating sculptures and paintings encased in glass, such as Alfred Wallace’s slanted and enchanted daubings of his life at sea. The thought occurred to […]

Roshi Returns

September 9, 2014

I’ve written another story for The Book of Almost Truths. Roshi returns from his adventures in the desert to climb the mysterious tower that defeated him in his youth. After years of wandering amid the beauty of the desert, the thrill of the forest, and the warmth of great cities, Roshi returned to the tower he had […]

Isabel’s Curious Machine

September 6, 2014

Williams Carlos Williams said that a poem is a machine made out of words. That’s a fitting way to describe Isabel Rogers’ poem ‘John’s Curious Machines': a very efficient, inspired machine designed to evoke John Harrison’s ingenious marine chronometers. These highly precise clocks kept time even in rough, varied weather at sea, making it possible for a ship’s navigator to determine its […]