Some images from the book launches: Photos by Ian Bayley, Sabrestorm Publishing
Top Left: With Viv the Spiv,
Waterstones Book Launch
Middle Above: With Chief Constable
Bedfordshire Police (Rtd) Michael
O'Brien, who wrote the Foreword
Middle Left: Viv the Spiv is
apprehended by PC Legg
Bottom Left: Guests were encouraged
to come in 1940s dress - Joe Legg,
pretty in purple
Bottom Left: With Ian Bayley,
The History Channel has published the film I made with Manna Creatives on the Cummins story from my book, Crime in the Second
World War, Spivs, Scoundrels, Rogues and Worse. It was a lot of fun to film for part of the World War True Season. Gordon Cummins
was known as the Blackout Ripper.
September 2017 I returned to
university to study for a Masters in
Publishing at Kingston University,
London. It is a one-year, full-time
course. Wish me luck!
October 2017 As part of National
Libraries Week, I spoke at two of
Southampton's libraries and was
interviewed about my life and work
as part of SO:To Speak,
Southampton's Festival of Words.
I also spoke at Christine Kloser's
Breakthrough Event in York,
Pennsylvania, on thinking and
seeing yourself as an author.
May saw me flying off to New York to join Cunard's flagship Queen
Mary 2, to give talks on board. Sorry about the fuzzy pic!
I also won an award for Academic Research on my MA Publishing
course at Kingston University! Yay!
I was delighted to be part of Cunard's Southampton Centenary Cruise on Queen Mary 2. I gave a series of talks about the city.
I am delighted to share that Sabrestorm Stories' first book is available now! Nik Morton's Sailor Up the Khyber.
I have been invited back to the University of Portsmouth as a part-time lecturer again this academic year. Excellent!
I have partnered with Ian Bayley, proprietor of Sabrestorm Publishing, to form Sabrestorm Stories, an ethical, hybrid publishing house.
We will ghostwrite and publish life stories, or publish books by authors who do not wish to self-publish. For details, please contact me.
Once again I am off to the War and Peace Revival at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent. I am the Author Coordinator for the
seventeen authors giving talks and book signings in the Authors Pavilion, as well as giving my own talks and interviewing authors.
I was delighted to be awarded an MA in Publishing with Distinction from Kingston University, London. Yay!
I have been invited to lecture on Writing for Business at City, University of London.
I spent Christmas speaking on board P&O's cruise ship Oriana, on her last Christmas voyage before she leaves P&O's service.
I flew La Coruna in Spain to speak on P&O's cruise ship Arcadia.
I worked with the Iris Murdoch Society as part of my final MA Project.
In the meantime, I have started to lecture on journalism as part of the
Creative Writing BA at Portsmouth University.
Due to Covid, all my in-person speaking engagements have been cancelled so far this year. Online
talks have been fun to do, though, and show that where there's a will, there's a way!
I am about to start journalism dissertation supervision at the University of Portsmouth.
I am delighted that I have submitted the manuscript for my first book of tips for authors. I work with
authors at all stages of their writing journey and so it seems fitting to write a useful book. Watch this
I sometimes forget I have several hats, so it was great to give a Zoom lockdown lecture to the
Diplomatic Spouses Club.
I was again on board Queen Mary 2 giving talks as we had a bumpy crossing from New York to