Carnival, and an interview.

Me at the Guateke concert in Los Llanos de Aridane
March 10, 2017

A bit late, but here’s a video of my favourite thing from Los Llanos day carnival on Saturday. Carnival is like a giant street theatre: almost everybody joins in, demonstrating their creativity for everybody who cares to see. So here’s the Canarian Unsynchronised Swimming team with their mobile pool. The other thing I like about the video is the music. That’s my husband playing the drums in the band, and…


Back at Rivendell

Laptop on a table in front of a window, with the Caldera de Taburiente outside
January 28, 2017

Yay! I’m back at Rivendell for the weekend. Only I have to say it’s not as good as last time. It’s better! There are kittens and I’ve got wi-fi, which is why I can upload this post. This time, the place is petty full.We all had a BBQ last night. As so often happens with BBQs, we ate far later than expected, but we had a good time. I love…


Writing in Rivendell

Amazing view downt he Barranco de angustias, Rivendell, Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma
September 28, 2016

I took a mini-break to stay at my friend Akison’s new B&B in the Caldera. It was marvellous. How could any writer now be inspired by a spot like this? Rivendell is a good name. It’s “a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.” And here’s the view: I arrived later than…


Plot and Storytelling Workshop

Woman’s Weekly magazine run workshops for writers and I’ve drooled over the adverts for years. £79 for a workshop always seemed like rather good value, but of course when you add in flights from La Palma and a London hotel, it was a non-starter. But I managed to plan the holiday around one, and I went on my last day in the UK. It was great, and I learned a…

June 28, 2016

On holiday

I’ve escaped for 10 days before the summer guiding rush. On Sunday morning I flew to Tenerife and spent a pleasant afternoon and evening, mostly in the hotel room. I took a nap and caught up with email. For lunch, we found a nearby Irish bar called Grandee O’Donnell that was serving Sunday roasts. It was damn good! So we went back for dinner (also good) and a little karaoke….

June 21, 2016

My story on the web!

My story “These Eyes” is up on Collidor at I love the art work! They’ll be publishing an interview with me later. UPDATE: Commentry on the story at

June 15, 2016