Snake-free writing

I’ve just finished a hefty non-fiction editing project. The book manuscript I was given to look at was a delight to work on. The author is a pioneer in his field (yes, he’s a farmer), knows his subject, and cares deeply about what he does. It’s a good read, so my edit could be light-touch. […]

Gardening unplugged

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On most sunny Sunday mornings I wake up to the scream of a hard-pressed strimmer. My neighbour likes to get up early, and likes to keep his garden under strict control. By mid-morning other neighbours usually join in. Mowers, strimmers and hedge trimmers compete to drown out every other sound. But does it have to be […]

That new book moment

You spend forever working on a book, especially a walking guide. There’s so much to get right.The text and maps have to be spot on. If not, there’s a chance somebody, somewhere, will go over a cliff (with your book in their pocket, or backpack).So, the process of research, writing and, finally, editing takes your […]

Natural health service

I’ve recently put the finishing touches to a new walking guide to my home county, Pembrokeshire. It will be published next year as my second in a series for award-winning Pocket Mountains. The experience of spending a year walking, and photographing, landscapes that I’ve known for a lifetime was quite something. adhd. It involved some […]

Guardian guest blog: Ash dieback

It was good to get so much insightful reader feedback on my post. It makes the writing process feel much more like a conversation, than how it happens in print. Join the ‘party’ here.

Ghost in the machine

‘You’re putting words into my mouth…’ Yes, but in a good way. Over the years I’ve done a little bit of ghostwriting here and there, and always enjoy the process. I’ve been wearing the sheet with the eye holes this week. For a while I’ve been working with the talented publications people at The Woodland […]

Getting noticed

It’s great to get some recogition from people in the know. So, thanks to the judges of the 2015 Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild Awards for Excellence, for giving Wilder Wales a ‘highly commended’ in the Outdoor Book category. And fingers crossed for The Great Outdoors Awards 2015 – TGO readers have shortlisted Wilder Wales […]

Taking wing

It’s a real buzz to finally open the box of copies of ‘Wilder Wales’, which turned up on my doorstep today. The talented team at my publisher, Graffeg, have down a great job of taking my original idea and making it into a really handsome book.

Dog days

Putting together my new walking guide to Ceredigion – which has just been published by Pocket Mountains – took lots of days out and about last year. A summer and autumn spent exploring the best of the county was a joy and it was great news too for our Jack Russell, Bella. I love the […]

High life

I love the mountains to the east of Harlech – for me, it’s the most exhilarating bit of Snowdonia. Mind you I’m never entirely sure what to call them. Are they the Rhinogydd, or the Rhinogau? Or should I just plump for sticking an ‘s’ on the end to Anglicise them as the Rhinogs? By […]