In the first part of this blog I looked at the symbolism of the Wheel of Fortune card in the Tarot. The card – which falls mid-way in the sequence of the major arcana – has strong links with the […]
When I moved to the cottage in West Wales where I live, I was intrigued from the start by a curious bell which hung over the door. The bell is flanked by two former gas lamps (possibly coach lamps), now […]
It becomes almost platitudinous to talk about the restorative power of nature, and perhaps even dangerous. After all, complacent trust in that power gives us licence to do what we like without thought of the consequences: it will all come […]
In E M Forster’s short story, ‘The Story of a Panic’, a band of ill-assorted English tourists is assailed by an invisible force in an Italian wood and reduced to a state of inexplicable and abject terror. This force, […]
I grew up in a ruined environment. This was on the south-western margins of Essex, adjoining East London. It was an area which had been built up very rapidly after the Second World War, with thought only to rehouse working […]
Prismatic beauty. Dark perversion… The fourth book in the Glasswater Quintet series will be available very shortly. See more… ‘Eye of the Rushes’ for Kindle can be downloaded from Amazon from 4th November 2020. It is available for pre-order […]
Listen to the interview which James gave to celebrate World Poetry Day.
I am delighted to announce the release of my first poetry volume on November 20th 2019. ‘Living Places, Passing Lives’ examines the identity of place and the rooting of individual lives within it. The threat of environmental destruction and the […]