£255 prize money to be won in Cranked Anvil’s latest writing competition

There's no denying it: the lockdown has had a huge effect on everyone. (Understatement of the year!) But in true British stiff upper lip fashion, we've seen that people have, for the most part, been keeping calm and carrying on. Even at Cranked Anvil HQ - the media company I run - we've finally been … Continue reading £255 prize money to be won in Cranked Anvil’s latest writing competition

Rehearsals for my Cookson adaptation begin today

Five years ago I was commissioned to write the stage adaptation of Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path. It had the full backing of the Cookson Estate, and played at the Customs House theatre in South Shields – birthplace of the author and the setting for many of her novels. Last year it received a revival … Continue reading Rehearsals for my Cookson adaptation begin today

Writing for the BBC at Xmas – and featuring in the Radio Times!

A couple of months ago, you might remember, I reported that a lot of my writing this year has been for BBC Radio Newcastle's sketch comedy show Grin Up North. In the same article (which you can read here) I mentioned that I also performed in the show, and that we'd recorded a whole episode … Continue reading Writing for the BBC at Xmas – and featuring in the Radio Times!

Writing success for Glenda Young

One of the many things I love about being a writer - in particular about being part of a community of writers - is that (unlike some other industries I've worked in) we're generally all a pretty nice, decent, supportive bunch. In other parts of my professional life, where jealousy, rivalry and bitter resentment abound, … Continue reading Writing success for Glenda Young

Sunderland’s SAFC Museum opening

Thursday 17 March 2016 I was approached recently by Michael Ganley, lifelong Sunderland AFC fan and owner of the Sunderland Fans Museum, to write a piece and perform it at tonight's official opening of his new space in the city's library. SAFC Fans Museum is a private collection that Michael has ammased over the years … Continue reading Sunderland’s SAFC Museum opening

Welcome to Paul & Nessa’s Happy Hour!

Tuesday 28 July 2015 I've been writing and performing sketch comedy on stage for as long as I can remember - professionally since 2010 when I founded sketch comedy group Don't Trust Salmon. Today saw a new medium for my sketches, as the first radio edition of Paul & Nessa's Happy Hour was broadcast live … Continue reading Welcome to Paul & Nessa’s Happy Hour!

The Cinder Path performance workshop in South Shields

Sunday 19 April 2015 After many weeks of writing, and meetings with director and producer Jackie Fielding and Gareth Hunter, today we presented a script-in-hand workshop of the latest draft of The Cinder Path. An invited audience came to the Seafarers Mission building, on the South Shields docks, to see eight actors (including myself) bring … Continue reading The Cinder Path performance workshop in South Shields