Joanne Pullan 1970-2011

Last Thursday, at a loud and chaotic Euston station, I received a phone call from my wife to tell me that our friend Joanne Pullan had died the previous evening. Jo had been found collapsed in a park by a bystander, after suffering an asthma attack while walking to the shops. She was taken to […]

Signing Response Mail: Too Self-Depreciating?

I received today an email from one of the Illustrious (Eastercon 2011) organisers saying that my name has been given to her as an author attending the con, and asking if I would like to attend any or all of their three author signing sessions. Here’s the reply I’ve just sent to her: Hi Meg, […]

Eastercon: Illustrious 2011

Next weekend I’ll be at the NEC Birmingham for this year’s Eastercon, Illustrious 2011. This will be my fourth Eastercon, having previously attended Orbital 2008, LX 2009 and Odyssey 2010, and I’m really looking forward to it. Last year I had a really great time, so much so that I wrote it up in a […]

Why Brighton & Hove Fans Are Happy To Be Moving

On the way home last night, a few stops from Brighton, my train was invaded by a bunch of good-natured fans of Brighton and Hove Albion, our local football team, also known as the Seagulls. The fans, who were heading for an evening match at the Withdean stadium, had reason to be good-natured: they stood […]