>In the light of the discussion (and more) over at Fin Kennedy's blog, I was going to write about how playwrights came together in the 90s to change the rules of engagement between theatres, funding bodies and writers. The playwrights could have concentrated on fighting each other for the diminishing number of new writing production … Continue reading >Robust generosity
>My hypochondria has flared up again. I've got a radio play to write and a new router (power tool rather than networking device) to play with, and all I can do is feel a bit off. I went to the doctors here for the first time and they were very good (ECG, blood tests - … Continue reading >A Hypochondriac
>A man and his new outbuilding. I dedicate this shed to P, without whom...Have a very Merry Christmas.
>One more week of teaching and then I'm done until the end of January. Teaching is the best part of the job (at the Uni), but it is a consuming activity and it's taken a toll this semester. I am always a nervous lecturer, but the commuting has added another level of fatigue to the … Continue reading >One last heave
>It's blowing a hooley here today (tho' it's worse in Kensal Rise) , so naturally we decided to have a go at building the shed. No go. We ended up moving bookshelves - doing that thing of finding unread books, and books about learning to play bass guitar, and out of date plumbing how-to books … Continue reading >Wind
>Yesterday and today have had perfect shed-building weather. It's very still, cloudless and, well, beautiful. We have the base built and will do some othe itty-bitty preparations today, but progress is limited. I have 'done a shoulder' and can't do any site levelling or hefting slabs about. Pathetic. Yesterday's meeting about the Birmingham play went … Continue reading >Perfect weather
>I arrived home last night to a telephone message saying that the shed would be here at 7am. So much for a lie-in. It is here and it is heavy. I've never had the shed fetish that some blokes have, but I'll be glad to get the bikes out of the house. I didn't write … Continue reading >An early morning shed
>Some writing done on the play for Birmingham Rep. Good. Some useful stuff as well - you know how it is when it goes off at a tangent, or you find a detail that doesn't quite fit. I love that. Thinking through doing I suppose.I read Scenes From The Back of Beyond by Meredith Oakes … Continue reading >Later that same day