Blackbeard’s Last Voyage


This here book I wrote a while back. This illustrated chapter is courtesy of the excellent Kaira Mezulis. Read the first few chapters of BlackBeard’s Last Voyage.


Well hello there

One can only assume that you’ve clicked on a link from Mind Your Language and found yourself here. You are most welcome. I hope you find something interesting to peruse. As a new blog can be a bit much, all those posts, all that old material, and all that flim-flammery, I thought I’d make life a little easier and just give you a quick run-down.

I’m a writer and academic who happens to have Parkinson’s. These particular facts dominate my output. Here are a few of my favourite pieces.

They also serve – on the great if interminably frustrating game of cricket

BlackBeard’s Last Voyage – what my latest fictional offering looks like

‘What is truth?’ asked Pilate – on justice, and what it means

I think, therefore … ooh, what’s that shiny thing? – on the ironies of writing about not being able to write

Release the inner slut – on responses to my raving over Love and other drugs on the Prospect blog

Cartesian, moi? – on how PD separates the mind from the body

Whole lotta shakin … not going on – on PD and its erasure of the personality

There’s a lot more, and you might like to read my first piece on Parkinson’s for the Independent, a musing on Facebook and death  in Prospect, or maybe just read an interview with Peter HammillJoe Satriani or Richard Thompson.

Thanks for dropping by, and I hope it proved a nice diversion from a damp monday morning!

BlackBeard’s Last Voyage

For those of you wondering why I’ve been so quiet of late, here’s why. I’ve been working on this project for no little time, and have finally produced a suitable sample of what it’s going to look like.

It’s call BlackBeard’s Last Voyage and is a pirate book … with a difference (but we can worry about the difference later). It’s been illustrated by the quite splendid Kaira Mezulis, and I bear responsibility for the verbage.

If you like what you see, I’d really appreciate it if you said so … by ‘liking’ the facebook page, in the first instance, and by passing the link on to any publishers or agents who you think might appreciate it in the second! Yes, we’re at that stage. Also, feel free to say how wonderful you think it is in the comments section below … time to make twitter and wordpress work for their living!


Sample chapters are also available on real, old-fashioned paper … and kindle formatted, probably!

Yo ho ho, etc!