Category Archives: History

Commemorating Kafka


Just to mention that today, 3rd July 2019 is the 136th anniversary for one of my favourite writers: Franz Kafka who was born in 1883, into a middle-class family in Prague – then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. By background he … Continue reading

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New Species of Human – Homo Luzonensis


For the first chapter of my first novel I imagined the Earth 100,000 years ago. It’s rare for those pre-historic times to hit the news and be popularised but the recent announcement that there was evidence of diminutive sized humans … Continue reading

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Burnley Literary Festival (2016) day 7 – Sufi Music


The following has been rewritten from fragments / reconstructed following some difficulties with a Windows 10 upgrade that deleted my profile nearly 2 years back. Rumi and The Wings of Love Be in the world but not of it, so … Continue reading

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Billion Year Spree – further thoughts


Just finished The Neried. About myths, legends and homelessness; set in Blackpool. My next piece is proper SF Core. Set in the core of the Milky Way, in the Galactic Bar. Explores the issues of lots of aliens living together … Continue reading

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Kulturá at Kavá (in Todmorden)


Last night I went to the Kavá, a coffee shop in Todmorden. The Kavá holds a Kulturá evening on the last Thursday of each month. Last night’s event consisted of Poetry Lecture: Coleridge and Eyes this was followed by a poetry discussion … Continue reading

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What kind of detail do you consider when Creating a Fantasy World or an SF Universe?


It’s time for another go at this. What is world creation? For several months now I’ve been reading Juvaini’s The History of The World-Conqueror. This work is relatively unknown in the West and was written as an account of the … Continue reading

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Searching for meaning in Kafka


In October 2014, the reading group on the Guardian searched for meaning in Kafka. This provoked the following thoughts. Kafka is writing about our living in a world that is too vast and complex for us to understand by any means … Continue reading

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A Quick mention of my History of Burnley Grammar School


Burnley is the name of my forthcoming book (non-fiction, historical / nostalgia). It will look at less well-known aspects of the town’s history, give a historical context to the current state of education in the town, and paint a picture of … Continue reading

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Dark Fantasy Project on hold


Bit of an update. My dark fantasy project (Erisse of the Illyany)  is on hold. It is set partly in Xinjiang with dip into a realms of fantasy & horror. On Illyany; those of you who are up to the geography will realise that … Continue reading

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Chinese University Bans Christmas


Chinese University Bans Christmas is a headline ripped from the Guardian. It’s at times like these I feel the urge to dig into background. Here’s their photo. Christianity has a long tradition in China. It turns out that its original form … Continue reading

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