All that glitters

During the past two weeks I’ve been sleeping in a tent in a field on the south coast of Cornwall, in the place where my third novel is set. I’ve been holidaying with friends and family, and writing, and all the time making mental notes of the subtle changes in weather, the habits of local birds;…

Not so wild

I wouldn’t say I was ever a festival slut, but I did spend a good proportion of my 20s and 30s in various tents dancing to various bands. In those days, for me festivals were mostly about the music and the social crowd (and quite a lot about the drink and drugs), but they were…

Summer loving

For the past three summers we have crammed our tiny car with camping equipment and travelled 350 miles down to the tip of Cornwall, the end of the land. We have set up camp with a group of five or so families, about 20-odd kids between us, in a field overlooking the sea. For two…