Book review: Flattened Fauna

Book review: Flattened Fauna

There’s a certainly delicious irony in the fact that my copy of Flattened Fauna: A field guide to common animals of roads, streets, and highways has become resolutely three-dimensional whilst I have been reading it. I couldn’t get it to flatten down for a photoshoot,...
A Gardening Journal

A Gardening Journal

How many of you keep an offline gardening journal/ diary? Or a planner? Do you buy a printed one, fresh each year? Or a new, shiny notebook? What information you you record? What do you wish you could remember to record?! Do you refer back to your journals from...
Where do you get your garden ideas?

Where do you get your garden ideas?

Interviewers always seem to ask fiction authors “Where do you get your ideas?” and I suspect they then have to come up with an answer than doesn’t make them look like a loon. Because the truth is that, although inspiration can come out of the blue, once you start...
Copyrights and wrongs

Copyrights and wrongs

I’m in the process of building up a freelance writing business, the aim of which is to have clients pay me for my words and images. This is not a hobby, it will be my livelihood. I have not embarked upon it with a sense of entitlement; I am a good and professional...
Words with friends

Words with friends

Not long after I finished the first draft of my manuscript for The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z, I received an email from an editor at Black Dog Publishing, asking me whether I would like to contribute to a collaborative book with the working title “Growing...
Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to my new online home. I hope you like it – Ryan has been working very hard on the design, which as well as having a much more ‘me’ colour scheme (I love purple!) is simpler, easier to navigate and mobile-friendly. You should be able to find your way to...

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