2023 in Books

In 2023 I have read 34 books and listened to 30 audiobooks - as well as reading many play scripts and listening to countless podcast episodes! I give all books a mark out of ten. This is purely an enjoyment mark! Although the quality of the writing does have a big effect on how much I enjoy it, I never try to mark a book on how “good” it is. Who am I to say?

37 Plays - Human Resources

It’s a wrap! My dystopian play, Human Resources, has just finished a short run of rehearsed readings with Hall for Cornwall, as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 37 Plays Project. It was such a pleasure and a privilege to spend two days working with director Aga Blonska and a group of talented professional actors to create this reading. It was performed as part of an evening of readings (alongside fellow-37 Plays winner, Effort/Less by Hayley Rose, and three extracts from local playwrights) at Hall for Cornwall in Truro, The Ladder in Redruth and The Liskerritt Centre in Liskeard.

Exchange Rate - Film Shoot

Last weekend, I joined with a team of incredibly creative and talented people to shoot the short film version of my story, Exchange Rate. It was a mad weekend – I was on set for 25 hours over two days – but a wonderful experience. I’m in awe of all the crew who appear to work magic as if it’s no big deal! The whole cast and crew were generous, kind people which really helped.

2023 update

The first half of 2023 has been a good one for my writing. I’m so delighted to have had my play Human Resources selected by no less than the Royal Shakespeare Company to be part of their new folio of 37 plays – celebrating 400 years since Shakespeare’s first folio, by telling the stories of our time. There were over 2000 entries and it came as a huge shock to make the shortlist – let alone be included in the final folio.

2022 in Books

In 2022 I read 39 books - mostly novels, but some non-fiction and collections as well - and I listened to 24 audiobooks. So which were my favourite? At the end of the year, I have seven books that I gave 10/10 for how much I enjoyed them. This isn’t a comment on how “good” they are - just how much I loved reading/listening to them. Here they are… My Cousin Rachel - Daphne du Maurier Euphoria - Lily King Six Against the Yard - collection of classic crime authors Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus Bewilderment - Richard Powers The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins The Foundling - Stacey Halls Here is where I would usually pick a very favourite, but I can’t!