Grassington’s indie bookshop is a real gem

Grassington’s indie bookshop is a real gem

The Stripey Badger Bookshop is a lovely independent bookshop, with a tea room attached, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales

  • Posted On: 10 June 2019
I was delighted that this village bookshop is stocking my Yorkshire Dales Mystery Series. The Stripey Badger is a family business owned by Linda Furniss and her son James Firth, while his aunt owns the Stripey Badger Coffee Shop and Kitchen next door. Customers can wander between the two, indulging in coffee and cake while perusing the shelves. There is a fantastic selection of books and I was able to pick up Milkman by Anna Burns and Circe by Madeline Miller [both shortlisted for the...

The author is rewarded when you borrow a library book

The author is rewarded when you borrow a library book

The Public Lending Right Act 1979 gave British authors a legal right to receive payment for the free lending of their books by public libraries

  • Posted On: 3 February 2019
Under the Act funding is provided by Central Government and payments are made to eligible authors in accordance with how often their books are lent out from a selected sample of UK public libraries. The UK Public Lending Right office is part of the British Library. The British Library receives funding for PLR from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. For the current spending review period PLR funding amounts to £6.6 million per year. To qualify for payment authors must apply...

Heather burning on grouse moor in Swaledale

Heather burning on grouse moor in Swaledale

This year burning of the heather on the moors in Swaledale has started early

  • Posted On: 19 January 2019
  For the last 200 years gamekeepers have burnt long narrow strips of mature heather on a rotation. By creating a patchwork of different aged heathers a gamekeeper knows he will always have some young heather for grouse to feed on that is nutritionally richer and more digestible. There has been considerable research on the effects of such activities and the impact that poorly controlled fires can have on the peat substrate. However, my interest in the photograph is because I am...

Passing the signpost to Ravenseat

Passing the signpost to Ravenseat

I regularly pass the road leading to the isolated hill farm at Ravenseat

  • Posted On: 31 December 2018
Ravenseat is a 2,000 acre hill farm at the top of my dale where Amanda Owen, ‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’, lives with her husband and nine children.  You may have seen her on the telly in programmes hosted by Ade Edmondson and Ben Fogle. In November and December, Ravenseat was back on the box in four fascinating episodes covering the changing seasons on the farm. It painted a very realistic picture of what hard work it is to manage the isolated farm at the top of the dale,...

Guy Fawkes Night and time to start plotting!

Guy Fawkes Night and time to start plotting!

Autumn is here, the evenings are drawing in and it is time to start working on my next book

  • Posted On: 6 November 2018
Last night I enjoyed an evening in Reeth that began with the lighting of the enormous bonfire and culminated in a really spectacular firework display. The centre of the village was packed with adults and children of all ages celebrating an attempt to reduce the House of Lords to rubble! This is the time of year when I begin the next book. Currently I am still working on the plot but soon I must start monitoring the word count and ensuring that the weekly target is maintained, otherwise...

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