Postcards from Fitzrovia

Yesterday I traipsed round Fitzrovia in the rain for a writing project I’m working on. I used to live just north of the area on Hampstead Road but barely explored it as I… Continue reading

My Next Book: Fading Ads of London

After the success of my first non-fiction book: True Love is Like the Loch Ness Monster, I decided that for my next project I wanted a different challenge. As many of you know… Continue reading

Much Ado About Nothing?

Last Tuesday I attended a conference about love in literature and, naturally enough, a whole section of the seminar was devoted to the works of Shakespeare. Director, actor and lecturer Nick Hutchison presented… Continue reading

The Tees Transporter in Poetry

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a somewhat curious obsession with bridges, particularly bridges on the Tees. After writing an article about a trip up one of the best-known bridges of the… Continue reading

Barnes Bridge

As it was my birthday last Sunday I could legitimately drag Manfriend out to a bridge to take photographs, I pitched the excursion as a ‘special treat’. Not wanting to go too far… Continue reading

Unleashed: Issue 7 of New Empress Magazine

As I’m the world’s worst at self-promotion, my blog readers may have missed the fact that I edit and produce a quarterly film magazine (going bi-monthly in 2013) called New Empress Magazine. Above… Continue reading

Postcards From Berlin

Last weekend I went away for a weekend to Berlin. I’ve been there before, but was surprised at how many more vibrant, offbeat and deliciously unique surprises the city had in store for… Continue reading

Photoblog: Carreras Cigarette Factory

I’d like to pretend that this is original 1930s detailing but actually the original Egyptian features of the Carreras Cigarette Factory in Camden were lost in the 1960s when the building was converted… Continue reading

Ghost signs of Stoke Newington

My weekend travels took me to Stoke Newington and as yet I don’t think I’ve found any part of London that’s as rich in ghost signage. Most ghost signage in London that we… Continue reading

Ghost Signs of Camden

I discovered this Ghost Sign a while back but (by some freak accident) didn’t have my camera on me at the time to photograph it. Camden has quite a complicated history in terms… Continue reading