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All Souls Day

Just been to church. I live opposite St. Andrews Church in Presteigne, one of 4 Church of England churches in Wales. (It’s a long story, with which I won’t bore those readers uninterested in church history).

I went because today is All Souls Day, a day of remembrance for those who have recently died. And I wanted to have one last cry for old Chas . . . → Read More: All Souls Day

J.L. Carr and Stocken Farm

I am a long time fan of the great English novelist J.L. Carr. The title of my novel ‘The Battle for Dole Acre’ is an homage to his ‘Battle of Pollock’s Crossing’, and I took ‘How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup’ when I was invited on the Radio Four programme ‘A Good Read’ a few years ago.

In 1986 Carr was interviewed . . . → Read More: J.L. Carr and Stocken Farm

Why get your head together in the country?

My idea in renaming the blog bit of the website has root in my new (still in production) book, ‘A Hero For High Times’, and it is, at least in part, a reaction to my writing and thinking about the exodus of the hip ruralist diaspora from the cities in the sixties and seventies that gave rise to, for example, the self-sufficiency movement.

The ‘counter-culture’ . . . → Read More: Why get your head together in the country?