Why I write

Earlier this week, in late March 2019, I went to listen to Ian Rankin talking at Liverpool Hope University. He’s one of my favourite novelists and I was interested to hear him talking about why and how he writes with the students there. It also reminded me of this article on why I write this […]

The Birthday Surprise

It’s my birthday tomorrow, Monday 20th January, happy birthday to me. And on Friday Sarah suggested we go for our tea at Leaf in Bold Street ‘to mark the official start of your birthday.’ She said we’d go upstairs to eat ‘as it’s a bit quieter up there.’ We got the bus into town and […]

A year to live: Silent Night

Looking at the ‘Season of Goodwill’ through eyes with a year to live. I love this time of year. The places where I walk are so quiet. Daylight hours are short, as short as they’re going to get. Here in Northern Europe it’s dark most of the time. So I set off walking in the […]

A year to live: The Clearing

A few weeks ago I began living as if I have only a year left to live. Not thinking with any certainty that I do, but wanting to value my days and my life and see what differences it makes if I act as if I will soon be no more. As soon as I […]

A year to live

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while and now something BBC journalist Helen Fawkes has written has prompted me to get on with it. Helen has been diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer, and told she will die some time within the next five years, possibly within the next few months. ¬†And one […]

Enjoy every sandwich

Ten years ago, before a ‘big’ birthday, I wrote Sarah a book called ‘The car next to you.’ Oh yes I did. And a few years later she described the book on the ‘Being Sarah’ blog she used to write: “Ronnie wrote the book in 2003, during the six months before my 40th birthday, for […]