February 20, 2018

I write a monthly column for Motor Boat and Yachting Magazine here in the UK, essentially serialising the story of our year living on board 'Liberty'.

I've just finished writing the latest episode about the time four years ago that Liz and I tackled the famed Fonserannes Staircase locks in Languedoc-Rousillon.

The pic here was our first view from the bottom - a scary sight, and yes, a tough climb!!

It had to happen sooner or later. Our relationship had to come to an end. Despite all we've been through, the exciting times, the stressful times, the adventures as well as the challenges, it is time to part.

I'm not talking about Liz and me, no, oh no; I am talking about our time with Liberty, our lovely boat. It's time to go our seperate ways.

Those of you who have read - or listened to - Against The Current, will know that Liberty was our home for a whole year, from September 2013 to September...

October 21, 2016

Yesterday I found the perfect recording studio in Liverpool. Not because I'm about to release an album (you'll be relieved to know) but because I'm going to produce an audiobook version of Against The Current.

It's a daunting challenge. Based on a trial read of two or three chapters, it looks like I'm in for up to 12 hours' recording - no mean task even for someone who's worked in broadcasting! Most of my narration and voice-over experience has been for TV programmes, commercials, documentaries,...

May 2, 2016

In April I held a casual book reading at Liverpool's cosy Muster Custom Coffee lounge recently. My friend Shaun videotaped the event, which you can now watch on YouTube!


I chose four different pieces from Against The Current - the prologue (drama!), having a haircut in France (more drama!), the Name of the Wind (batten down for a 'Thatcher'), and finally, how I told a French sailor he had no idea 'how to soil a bat!'. Join me, and hear them straight from the author's mouth...



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