Cinema Scent On BBC Radio 4’s Film Programme

I’m not planning to revive this blog any time soon, but it occurred to me that a few people might be directed here by my recent appearances on Francine Stock’s Film Programme on BBC Radio 4, so I’ve decided a brief Public Service Announcement might be in order. Most of my online writing is now published on This includes my Cinema Scent reviews, an … Continue reading Cinema Scent On BBC Radio 4’s Film Programme

Most Memorable Film Moments Of 2011

Please allow me to indulge in another shameless plug. I’ve been mentioned not once, but twice in the latest episode of Francine Stock’s consistently excellent Film Programme on BBC Radio 4. Please click on this link to listen to the show and if you really haven’t got time for the whole thing (your loss!) then just fast forward to the 18th minute. Once you’ve done … Continue reading Most Memorable Film Moments Of 2011


Today’s post is a bit of a cheat, because it contains words which I can’t claim as my own. I’m sharing them with you because… well, let’s just say they resonated. They’re taken from today’s Woman’s Hour interview with Zadie Smith. Z Smith: Novels are such a mess. Novels make you feel sick when you’re writing them. You hate them when you’ve finished them. … J … Continue reading Russet


If you’ve been visiting this site in the last few weeks hoping for an update, I owe you a ‘thank you’ and a ‘sorry’: red-pen season is far from over and there hasn’t been much time for cyber-niceties. However, I have tried to stick daily posts on Twitter and Facebook, so hopefully you’ve been able to follow those. (Incidentally, I should mention the new ‘profile … Continue reading Purple


I’ve said this before and I have no doubt whatsoever that I will continue to say it again and again: I find writing hard. There are loads of reasons for this, but the one on my mind right now is that I never seem to be able to shake off the feeling that the ideas behind my words are embarrassingly banal. It’s a paralytic state … Continue reading Knit


I don’t get Facebook. Yes, I know I’ve signed up to it, but that’s because of my insistence on holding on to the deluded belief that it’s little more than a global email address directory. If long lost friends want to try to find me on its pages, I have no problem with that at all. But of course, Facebook is so much more than … Continue reading Defaced


In a week which saw hours of Christmas shopping, several new entries in the catalogue of errors encountered during the interminable Redecoration Of The Lounge and even a minor car accident (don’t worry: everyone’s fine), the main thing I don’t seem to be able to shake out of my head is a press conference I heard on the radio the other day. A spokeswoman for … Continue reading Tear


The Divine L and I went for our second salsa dancing lesson last night. Yes, really. The hour-long session is full of opportunities for fiction… especially the part when we swap partners every two minutes. But the most powerful thing the instructor said yesterday was – surprise surprise – that you’ve got to get the footwork right – you’ve got to make the steps second … Continue reading Footwork


The kitchen is no longer a work in progress, which means I can’t use it as a means of putting off writing any more. Mind you, there ARE five leaks in the ceiling of my study at the moment, and they ARE quite a distraction. The weather people on Radio 4 reckon the downpour’s going to carry on until the end of the month. Do … Continue reading Leak