Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake – one of them had a bright yellow beak. We had driven on before I could whip out the camera and capture the creature. I thought it might be a mutation, but it wasn’t until I reached home and Googled it, that I was able to identify the chap. Without a doubt, and to my delight, it must have been a Yellow-Billed Magpie – restricted to the state of California in the United States, and inhabiting the Central Valley and foothills. For the first time in my life, I think I now understand the thrill of birdwatchers, and I’m going to wallow quite happily in my birdiness until someone comes along and bursts my bubble with a not-so-exciting alternative to my American migrant.

 

Image from Audubon.

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

From First to Last: Mulled Wine and Marshmallows

  The weather stayed dry, fairly windless and very cold for the book launch of Fearful Symmetry yesterday. After having four launches in the Old Library of Cobham Hall, I opted for an outdoors version around a bonfire and with a BBQ to celebrate the whole of The...

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

There is something about wild weather that brings out the author in me. I'm not alone because for generations of writers, storms have been used as a vehicle in all sorts of literature. There's nothing like a poem to encompass a world of meaning in a few simple words....

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake – one of them had a bright yellow beak. We had driven on before I could whip out the camera and capture the creature. I thought it might be a mutation, but it wasn’t until I reached home and Googled it, that I was able to identify the chap. Without a doubt, and to my delight, it must have been a Yellow-Billed Magpie – restricted to the state of California in the United States, and inhabiting the Central Valley and foothills. For the first time in my life, I think I now understand the thrill of birdwatchers, and I’m going to wallow quite happily in my birdiness until someone comes along and bursts my bubble with a not-so-exciting alternative to my American migrant.

 

Image from Audubon.

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

From First to Last: Mulled Wine and Marshmallows

  The weather stayed dry, fairly windless and very cold for the book launch of Fearful Symmetry yesterday. After having four launches in the Old Library of Cobham Hall, I opted for an outdoors version around a bonfire and with a BBQ to celebrate the whole of The...

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

There is something about wild weather that brings out the author in me. I'm not alone because for generations of writers, storms have been used as a vehicle in all sorts of literature. There's nothing like a poem to encompass a world of meaning in a few simple words....

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake – one of them had a bright yellow beak. We had driven on before I could whip out the camera and capture the creature. I thought it might be a mutation, but it wasn’t until I reached home and Googled it, that I was able to identify the chap. Without a doubt, and to my delight, it must have been a Yellow-Billed Magpie – restricted to the state of California in the United States, and inhabiting the Central Valley and foothills. For the first time in my life, I think I now understand the thrill of birdwatchers, and I’m going to wallow quite happily in my birdiness until someone comes along and bursts my bubble with a not-so-exciting alternative to my American migrant.

 

Image from Audubon.

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

From First to Last: Mulled Wine and Marshmallows

  The weather stayed dry, fairly windless and very cold for the book launch of Fearful Symmetry yesterday. After having four launches in the Old Library of Cobham Hall, I opted for an outdoors version around a bonfire and with a BBQ to celebrate the whole of The...

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

There is something about wild weather that brings out the author in me. I'm not alone because for generations of writers, storms have been used as a vehicle in all sorts of literature. There's nothing like a poem to encompass a world of meaning in a few simple words....

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake – one of them had a bright yellow beak. We had driven on before I could whip out the camera and capture the creature. I thought it might be a mutation, but it wasn’t until I reached home and Googled it, that I was able to identify the chap. Without a doubt, and to my delight, it must have been a Yellow-Billed Magpie – restricted to the state of California in the United States, and inhabiting the Central Valley and foothills. For the first time in my life, I think I now understand the thrill of birdwatchers, and I’m going to wallow quite happily in my birdiness until someone comes along and bursts my bubble with a not-so-exciting alternative to my American migrant.

 

Image from Audubon.

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

From First to Last: Mulled Wine and Marshmallows

  The weather stayed dry, fairly windless and very cold for the book launch of Fearful Symmetry yesterday. After having four launches in the Old Library of Cobham Hall, I opted for an outdoors version around a bonfire and with a BBQ to celebrate the whole of The...

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

There is something about wild weather that brings out the author in me. I'm not alone because for generations of writers, storms have been used as a vehicle in all sorts of literature. There's nothing like a poem to encompass a world of meaning in a few simple words....

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake – one of them had a bright yellow beak. We had driven on before I could whip out the camera and capture the creature. I thought it might be a mutation, but it wasn’t until I reached home and Googled it, that I was able to identify the chap. Without a doubt, and to my delight, it must have been a Yellow-Billed Magpie – restricted to the state of California in the United States, and inhabiting the Central Valley and foothills. For the first time in my life, I think I now understand the thrill of birdwatchers, and I’m going to wallow quite happily in my birdiness until someone comes along and bursts my bubble with a not-so-exciting alternative to my American migrant.

 

Image from Audubon.

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

From First to Last: Mulled Wine and Marshmallows

  The weather stayed dry, fairly windless and very cold for the book launch of Fearful Symmetry yesterday. After having four launches in the Old Library of Cobham Hall, I opted for an outdoors version around a bonfire and with a BBQ to celebrate the whole of The...

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

There is something about wild weather that brings out the author in me. I'm not alone because for generations of writers, storms have been used as a vehicle in all sorts of literature. There's nothing like a poem to encompass a world of meaning in a few simple words....

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook (the button is on the top right of the page) so feel free to drop me a line. Happy browsing!                                                                                                                 

Claire X

Birds of a Feather…

Passing through the Yorkshire Dales and close to the boarder with Lancashire, I spotted a couple of magpies on a stone barn roof having a conversation and a bit of a beak rub. At least I thought they were magpies. I did a double-take: no, no mistake – one of them had a bright yellow beak. We had driven on before I could whip out the camera and capture the creature. I thought it might be a mutation, but it wasn’t until I reached home and Googled it, that I was able to identify the chap. Without a doubt, and to my delight, it must have been a Yellow-Billed Magpie – restricted to the state of California in the United States, and inhabiting the Central Valley and foothills. For the first time in my life, I think I now understand the thrill of birdwatchers, and I’m going to wallow quite happily in my birdiness until someone comes along and bursts my bubble with a not-so-exciting alternative to my American migrant.

 

Image from Audubon.

Moving On

I've been thinking about change a great deal recently, about people, places, the state of things. We've seen so much in the last year with Brexit and Trump, the death of personalities, and in my own life with Child Two leaving home for university, and Child One...

From First to Last: Mulled Wine and Marshmallows

  The weather stayed dry, fairly windless and very cold for the book launch of Fearful Symmetry yesterday. After having four launches in the Old Library of Cobham Hall, I opted for an outdoors version around a bonfire and with a BBQ to celebrate the whole of The...

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

There is something about wild weather that brings out the author in me. I'm not alone because for generations of writers, storms have been used as a vehicle in all sorts of literature. There's nothing like a poem to encompass a world of meaning in a few simple words....