Those fragrant and comely beasts over at Days of Roses have very kindly plugged my story ‘Channel Light Vessel Automatic’ on their site.


The Shipping Forecast

Written for the new audio magazine 4’33” the piece is told from the standpoint of a Radio 4 continuity announcer who decides to improvise during their regular Shipping Forecast slot. If you scroll down a bit on the site it should crop up at number 25 – I hope you enjoy it. It was recorded by 4’33” director Mike Wendling in my front room in Ealing with plummy RP voice very much in attendance – among the other great submissions, Mike also has a story up there into which I thoroughly recommend you plug your cochleas.

Note: Image courtesy of Willow Fabrics, where you can buy a needlepoint kit to stitch your very own Shipping Areas. Pretty neat.

The Opera Group


The Opera Group

Last weekend I was invited to attend an Emerging Composers’ and Writers’ mentoring  scheme, run by The Opera Group at the Guildhall. The weekend was presided over by composer Julian Phillips and librettist Simon Christmas; I hope to write a longer post about the whole event in the next few days, but I’ll sprinkle the teaser words ‘Hogarth’, ‘cake’ and ‘airless Brutalist architecture on the hottest weekend so far, 2011’ down here just to remind me of some highlights.


'An Election Entertainment', William Hogarth (oil on canvas, c. 1755)

I met some fantastically talented writers and composers during the weekend and enjoyed the collaborative process that was encouraged and fostered there. The masterclass highlighted the scope afforded and challenges presented by writing libretto for opera, and it was great to gain a perspective on a sprawling, twangy chunk of potential creative writing that I had never really considered – – more to follow, with links to some of my classmates’ work.