Monthly Archives: March 2019

Film Review – The Kindergarten Teacher

An absolutely superb central performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal forms the core of The Kindergarten Teacher, writer/director Sara Colangelo’s English language remake of an Israeli film by Nadav Lapid (which I must confess I haven’t seen). The Kindergarten Teacher is a … Continue reading

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Title Announcement for my next novel (and other news)

As well as promoting new releases Spectre of Springwell Forest and my short story Papercut (part of the First Love romantic fantasy anthology), I’ve made good use of the grim winter months writing another spooky mystery novel entitled (drumroll…) Phantom … Continue reading

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Oxford International Short Film Festival: Part 3

Concluding this series on the Oxford International Short Film Festival, here are some of the highlights you can expect to see there tomorrow. Pianist in a Brothel – This melancholy mood piece from director Ciaran Cruden depicts a wonderful Jeremy … Continue reading

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Oxford International Short Film Festival Highlights: Part 2

Here are some more highlights from the upcoming Oxford International Short Film Festival on Saturday 23rd March. Once Bitten – A fun, tongue-in-cheek horror pastiche starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Garth Maunders and Sir Dickie Benson (as himself). Her imagination fueled … Continue reading

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Oxford International Short Film Festival Highlights: Part 1

Over the next three days, I’m reviewing some of the highlights from the upcoming Oxford International Short Film Festival on Saturday 23rd March. Sara – This Italian film directed by Mario Cordova features a strong central performance from Elizabetta Rosa, … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest: Summary of Recent Articles

If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of my ghost story mystery novel Spectre of Springwell Forest, why not give it a go? Here’s a one-stop shop with links to all the articles pertaining to this page-turning, spooky nail-biter. … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest – Initial Reviews

Initial reviews for my ghost story mystery novel Spectre of Springwell Forest are starting to come in, and they are very positive so far. Here’s a sample from Amazon readers: “A wonderful horror/thriller, which cannily interplays woo and rationality so … Continue reading

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Film Review – Capernaum

Abandoned children struggling to survive in Dickensian poverty is a guaranteed heart-string tugger. Capernaum tugs them in extremely powerful and poignant fashion, albeit with a premise that I initially considered outlandish. Said premise involves a boy called Zain (an absolutely … Continue reading

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First Love Author Interviews – All of them

Over the last few days, I’ve been running interviews on this blog with all my fellow First Love authors, discussing their contributions to the eponymous romantic fantasy anthology from Dragon Soul Press. My short story is entitled Papercut, and it … Continue reading

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First Love Author Interviews: AR Johnston

In this, my final interview with my fellow First Love authors, AR Johnston talks young love, curses, dragons, writer’s block and more… What drew you to the First Love anthology? In all honesty it was a fluke, I came across … Continue reading

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