Indie Film Review: The Jam (The UK’s First Ever One Man Production)

Joining Twitter has introduced me to a range of independent creatives. These are mostly writers, and I’ve discovered an enormous supportive community of BAME, LGBT, disability, and other communities of writers supporting each other through thick and thin. I’ve connected with few independent film makers. I don’t know whether this is a tiny community anyway […]

Microsoft Word Tricks and Hacks for All Writers

Hey writers (professional and hobbyists)! Are you making the most of your Microsoft 365 subscription and using these Word tools?

Cornwall and the Linguistic Diaspora

You can sometimes find acquaintance and commonality in the most unusual places. I first found Alexis Chateau’s blog around two years ago. I can’t quite remember how, maybe it was the chronicles of her travels around the southern US states. Yet it ended up being her posts on Jamaican culture that I found the most […]

Cheddar Man and the Language of Race/ism

Last week it was revealed that Cheddar Man – the best preserved of the earliest skeletons found in the British Isles whose remains lay in the caves at Cheddar, Somerset until exhumation in the 20th century, had dark skin. This raised one of three responses from most people, not all of them pretty. For some, […]

What Have the Victorians Ever Done For Christmas?!

Quite a lot, actually. In fact, we could say that modern Christmas is almost entirely the invention of these stoic death-obsessed ancestors. The Tudors, our medieval and Roman ancestors certainly had their part to play, the festive season wouldn’t be what it is without the Victorian pioneers, particularly Prince Albert and Charles Dickens. At the […]

English Bill of Rights Day: Did You Know We Had One?

16th December is the 328th birthday of The English Bill of Rights, or to give it the full title The Bill of Rights 1689. It was not the first document of its kind to set down rights for citizens/subjects, hell it isn’t even the first in England (that honour goes to Magna Carta which sets […]

I Don’t Care How Offended You Are, We Need Academic Freedom

Forgive me, but this is one of my rare political rants. But it’s related to writing because words have power. They can collapse governments (intentionally or otherwise), destroy a career or leave one subject to ridicule. They impart knowledge and opinions and help people discuss and see differences. There are few places where words have […]

The Power of Words: The Role of Media in British Elections

Well, well, well. Who predicted that one then? I must admit, it was the best that any of us with left-leaning politics or sympathies could have hoped for under the circumstances. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May had a healthy lead in the polls when she called the election. The lead crumbled spectacularly over the next […]

The Power of Words: Best and Worst Political Slogans

Words are powerful. I’ve written on the subject of political oratory repeatedly. Two years ago, I discussed my discomfort with the media’s character assassination of Jeremy Corbyn being “unelectable”, for example, and in the run-up to the General Election in 2015, I listed some common politician stock phrases. Here, I want to discuss election campaign […]

Most People Don’t Read Articles They Share on Social Media

It’s been suspected for many years, but it’s recently been confirmed that most people don’t even read articles they share on social media before they share them. The headline is the all-powerful attention grabber but now they are so attention-grabbing that people just share. Have we become so entrenched in our echo chambers? Do we […]