I came to La Palma with a six-month contract to work at the observatory as a software engineer, and immediately fell in love with the place. Then I fell in love with a tall, dark, handsome Palmeran, who I met in the Isaac Newton Telescope (under the stars, on the heart-shaped island). My six-month stay has lasted thirty years so far, and I still feel smug every time I see a plane leaving because I get to stay. I wholeheartedly recommend the island for a holiday. Browse this website to find out why.
La Palma has amazing night skies. When I got made redundant from my job at the observatory, I retrained as a tour guide, specialising in astronomy, called a Starlight Guide. I mostly show groups around the professional telescopes at the Observatory at the Roque de Los Muchachos, but I also enjoy showing people the other glories of our miniature continent. If you want to treat yourself to a knowledgeable and entertaining guide for a day or half-day, email me at email@example.com.
I started writing fiction at middle school in Leeds and never stopped. So far I’ve published 50 short stories and three books. There’s a non-fiction guide to the astronomical observatory at the Roque de Los Muchachos (A Breathtaking Window on the Universe ), an anthology of children’s stories inspired by La Palma’s starry skies (The Seer’s Stone), and a science fiction anthology (The Dodo Dragon and Other Stories). I’m currently working on a whodunnit set in the observatory. (You can read more about my writing here.)
You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram.
All this leaves me far too busy for my hobbies of cleaning the house and doing laundry, although I do usually find time to cook. And there’s always time to sit on the balcony with a glass of wine and admire the view, or to chat with my friends, the ravens.