** The sequel to my 3rd Age trilogy, AMPLE MAKE THIS BED is at last re-edited down to a new slim 415 pages from its prior bloated 530 page blockbuster size. I am still battered and bruised from all the slash and burn of over a hundred pages of deathless prose consigned to the flames. […]


TOM: The Phoenix from the Lake – UPDATE Sept, 2019

September 7, 2019

As I mentioned in my previous post,( see April 29,) Juggling With Plays, my new play has finished the workshop stage with Janet Munsil’s playwriting group and I have rewritten many scenes as a result. Now it’s over to you for comments and constructive critiques,  as I post it here, scene by scene over the […]

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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – Bard on the Beach – September 2019

September 2, 2019

Judging by the sold-out audience for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, anything with the word Shakespeare in it is good box office. The Vancouver Bard on the Beach company is following in the footsteps of other Shakespeare companies  and looking for new material, or old material re-worked, to enlarge their choice of plays.  The classic repertoire is […]

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A COMPLICATED KINDNESS – My Book of the Month – August 2019

August 19, 2019

By all accounts Miriam Toews teenage heroine, Nomi Nickel, is set fair to oust Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye hero, Holden Caulfield, from top spot in iconic teenage rites of passage. Nomi is just as sharp, cool, funny, rebellious and endearing as Holden but there the similarity ends. He is a private-school student from an […]

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THE WIFE – My film of the Month – August 2019

August 1, 2019

The feminists among you are going to hate this film at first, but the hero gets his come-uppance by the end, so persevere. The stereotype of the dutiful wife behind every great man, is stood on its head in this very satisfying film of a famous author and the woman who loyally supports him and […]

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