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The new Nicolas Cage movie, Joe, directed by David Gordon Green, tells the story of a troubled middle-aged loner who befriends a 15-year-old boy who is in urgent need of a job and a role model. He gets the job easily enough – poisoning trees – but Joe as a protective father-figure is going to […]

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London’s Burning

Remember the song? London’s Calling…. The Clash. I wonder how it would sound – London’s Burning. Some of the scenes on the internet fit the manic character of that song well enough… Been writing copy for Dove this week – hand creams and lip balms. Kind of surreal with all this looting going on. Beauty. Soft […]

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How many times have you started out on a collaborative project totally upbeat, only to end up in a heap of pent up rage and a stinking carcass you thought was a great project at your feet? Too many times, you may answer… The writing process is an intimate experience. So when it goes wrong […]

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So you’ve finally got a producer interested in your script. You’ve gotten all excited about it. Or, if you’re a little jaded, you can at least justify having an extra glass of wine tonight… Your friends go, Wow, like you just got nominated for a big prize. You have to set them straight and strike […]

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An expensive glass of wine

So there I am, 9 pm, end of a long day writing copy for a ‘bid book’ for a client trying to secure a major sporting event, and I’m just about to attach my word doc to my email when in comes my sassy eleven year-old, waving her arms around – and suddenly I’m looking […]

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The writer gets it

I guess there’s every chance that if you’re reading this you’re a writer of some sort.  And if you’ve been writing professionally, or even in the hope of becoming a professional, you’ll probably have had some experience that might be described by the title of this blog. The agents says: “…you’re very talented, but I’m […]

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