30 November 2013

Muckle Fulga

Completely off track again.
I happen to know a wonderful lady, Helen, who grew up on the Shetland Islands, and she recently told me about Muckle Fulga being the most northerly lighthouse in the British Islands. When she was a child, she often went there, climbing up the very hazardous stairway to the lighthouse perched on the top of the rock. Things have changed since then, and I doubt that anyone would be allowed to even contemplate the stairway without a very long list of insurance policies.

 We started talking about the lighthouse after my exhibition because, as Helen pointed out, I had paintings of water but no lighthouse. Since then, I have rectified the situation, and this painting is for Helen, who so willingly and vividly  shared her memories.

28 November 2013


E-book, eBook or ebook? Difficult to answer, as I've seen so many different versions of the word; however, I would say that there is probably an imperceptible shift towards the word ebook. Whatever the spelling used, I am still finding it difficult to accept that books should be read on small plastic contraptions. By the way, has anyone noticed that the word ebook looks a bit like chook?

Despite my misgivings and despite the fact that I still feel that a book is a physical, sensory thing, I am being persuaded to consider the possibility of offering The Space in Between as an ebook.

I have to accept that there are now a lot of people who will not read anything that cannot be downloaded to a plastic contraption, so I am throwing up my hands in defeat. At the moment, I am reformatting the text to comply with ebook regulations - a demanding and frustrating task - and will, in all probability be able to offer the book as a digital option in the very near future. So, dust off your contraptions and get ready to push the download button.  

23 November 2013


I mentioned the Exhibition a while back (for those of who interested in popping in, tomorrow, 24th November, is the last day). You can see lots of photos on the Art-in-Sync website.

20 November 2013

Book Draw

Don't forget to register for the Book Draw. The last day for registration is the 11th December, so don't miss out...

17 November 2013

Thank You

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend the Exhibition Opening yesterday afternoon. It was great seeing you all, and I think that everyone had a pleasant time - even the rain held off until later in the evening.

13 November 2013


I am part of a four-person exhibition with the Opening this coming Saturday, 16th November, at Gosford Regional Gallery. If any of you happen to be in the area, you are more than welcome to attend the Opening. The Space in Between will be on sale, so for those of you thinking about purchasing a copy, it could be a good opportunity. For those of you not in the area but interested in purchasing the book, all details can be found on my website

11 November 2013

Book Draw

As I mentioned a while back, there is to be a new Book Draw on the 11th December. To be part of the draw, you must register (otherwise I won't know that you are part of the draw...). Registering is simple: all you have to do is to click here

I wish you the best of luck; someone has to win, and that someone might very well be you.

08 November 2013

100 Posts

Isn't that unbelievable? I have now written 100 posts on this blog (I'm afraid I have to thank Blogger for keeping track of the number - I would not have had any idea that it was so many.). I started the blog in June 2012, so I don't suppose 100 posts is so amazing - there would be people who could probably manage that number of posts, if not in a week then certainly in a month. But, as you know, I don't post every day, not even every second day.
Anyway, I suppose it is always nice with things to celebrate... 

06 November 2013

Follow by Email

To all of you who follow my blog regularly, or even only now and then, don't forget that you can register to follow by email (link on left-hand side of blog). This means that every time I post something, you will be immediately notified by email. To all of you - both registered and unregistered - many thanks for popping in as often as you do.

03 November 2013

Small anecdotes

I recently read a book called Mördaren i folkhemmet by Lena Ebervall and Per E Samuelson. It is a true story about a man who was wrongly accused of three murders (and convicted for two of them). The book itself is an eye-opener regarding the justice system, but that is not what I wanted to talk about here. In the epilogue, the authors write (in loose translation):

When one writes about real events and real people, one often wishes that one could first write one book and then a second book on the same subject. Because, when the book is finished, after all the years of research and writing, and is finally published, it is only then that it reaches a wider audience - and it is then that all the really unusual and interesting small stories come to light...

There is a lot of truth in this. I recognize it in relation to The Space in Between. As more and more people read the book, I am treated to anecdotes - most of them historical, a few actually connected to the family - which, without changing the actual story, could have added their own small strokes of interest.

However, this is how life is, isn't it? It is impossible to include everything: the author can only hope to grab an instant in Time and then hand it on to others. In the end, all a book can hope to do is to stimulate thought in those who read it, and, if it manages to achieve such a thing then it has obviously done what it set out to do. 

01 November 2013


I was in Lidköping recently, and the local newspaper, NLT, did an article on The Space in Between. As many of you already know, one of the localities that figures to a large extent in the book is Lidköping, The article is, of course, in Swedish; however, if you read Swedish, you are more than welcome to read the article. Otherwise, you can always look at the picture that accompanied the article.