Waterways World Narrowboat Sessions Article (November 2016)

My article about the Narrowboat Sessions has been published in the latest edition of Waterways World.

This was an article that I pitched last year, but it finally came together over the summer. I’m glad that it did, as being part of the session was up there as being one of my best experiences as a journalist.

I was welcomed onboard by Mark Holdsworth and his assistant Kira Jamieson the organisers of the sessions, with the promise that I was in for a treat. They weren’t wrong. I had the privilege to sit in on a session by the excellent Elfin Bow.

Liverpool’s Albert Dock is a wonderful sight at the best of times, but to be there at sunset was an extra bonus for the day. I managed to take a number of great photographs too.

The Narrowboat Sessions is not only a great way of promoting a number of talented musicians, but it is also producing a compilation CD of the sessions. You can get a copy of the 2014 sessions from the website. All proceeds go to Cancer Research UK.

The Narrowboat Sessions

Football Weekends Feature (February 2016)


I have a feature published in the latest issue (February 2016) of Football Weekends. It details a cold, but enjoyable trip to North Wales to watch a couple of games in the Welsh Premier League and Welsh Cup.

It was also accompanied by a number of photographs that I took during the game. That’s a first for me, the first time that I have had photographs published in a national magazine.

Football Weekends is available online or in most WH Smiths.

A Brand New Start

I have been tinkering around with this site over the summer and finally after much procrastination and a busy couple of months at work posted something.

This is a new venture after a period over at blogger.com I have decided to set-up-shop here on WordPress – so far I am enjoying the experience. I can not recommend using it highly enough, after a few false starts it’s really easy to use. I had toyed with moving the contents of my old blog over here, but I have decided that can remain in stasis as something of a timepiece of something that I used to do, a hotchpotch of rants, old match reports from a now defunct website and other sundry bits of nonsense that I have put my name to.

That particular blog was one where I hid behind the name of Crystal Days, a rather obvious name given my love of all things Echo and the Bunnymen. The name alone, certainly not the content was probably the reason for some of the hits that it received. That blog, which on occasions, I stopped, started again, deleted and then finally re-uploaded, is no more. With this new blog I have also invested in a domain name – sadly most of the ones that I wanted have already been taken. Oh, for a less popular name

This site is very much a case of practising what I preach. One of the first lectures I put together this year for my students was about how they should be branding themselves as future journalists. The decline of local journalism has been a hot topic over the last few years and this is troubling for potential journalists, as this was considered to be the first destination for graduates and new entrants into the profession. Though that is not always the case, as my career could be considered suitably journalistic without having worked on a local newspaper.

I have spent the summer trying to put my portfolio together, with the realisation that my digital footmark is not what it should be – my portfolio is very much of the blow-the-dust-off-it variety, stored in hard-backed folders that contain content that is slowly becoming sepia coloured with each passing day.

Given that I have moved into lecturing the main issue that I have these days is the fact that I no longer see myself as a practising journalist. There is also guilt on my part too; the places where I should be looking to freelance are probably places that my students would be looking to work for. This is partly the reason why I have been involving myself more and more in creative writing and attending workshops trying to get that published instead. Who knows that may be where this website develops in the future – well it will be if I did not hoard completed work in files on my computer and desk at home – another area of my life where I prone to procrastinate.

In the coming months I’m hope to rectify these issues. For now this domain/blog will still be work in progress.