Hello, and thank you for visiting my site. I hope that you'll return often and always find something of interest about my world and what inspires me to pick up a pen. (This is a figure of speech, unfortunately. My handwriting is terrible!) Here's what I've been up to recently...

A poetry book launched by one of our own!

Even without the inducement of drinks and cakes, Write-On! Ripon members would have turned out in force to hear our very own Caroline Matusiak reading some the poems inspired by her regular travels on the Number 36 Ripon to Harrogate bus route. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

Copies of the new book are currently available from Caroline herself or from The Little Ripon Bookshop.

11 June, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

I get by with a little help from my friends!

So sang the Beatles and how right they were! 

Life would be so much poorer without friends and here are a few of mine, all connected one way or another with the Write-On! Ripon group. 

Thinking up something new to write for our weekly meetings in the Claro Lounge certainly keeps my brain exercised. The photo above, though, was taken at one of our social evenings, which took place at Silva Bells near the Cathedral. The food was good, the drink flowed and so did the conversation.

27 May, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

R.I.P. Reader’s Digest UK

I was very sorry to learn that a magazine which has published a great deal of my writing – anecdotes, end of article fillers, jokes, letters and travel pieces – has ceased to exist. The reason is, of course, financial, as it has been with so many print publications in recent years and my sympathies are very much with all the staff who have lost their jobs. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13363915/readers-digest-uk-edition-closes-financial-pressures-editor-tribute.html?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR2hDPAsrJWHSPLxdhLZ-6C8q9hj7vB1s29wdSvDgK5u5KRbTCHv71P8Lnk_aem_Afn_074L2VzEoTS56rJc–ZFwRO1K2kNsQOjhYn0gZYfnFwqW6ePijJuDtwrP7wVu5KjRgVHfCS-lbUU3kunrK3l

It seems that the May 2024 issue, in which I have a joke, is to be the last one, so here it is.


23 May, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

Swanwick 2024

Are you interested in applying for this or know someone who might be. Please spread the word!

13 May, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

Featured in Yorkshire Life


This double-paged spread in Yorkshire Life was written to help Ripon Community Link, my favourite local charity, and I hope that it will attract many more visitors to the wonderful Walled Garden.

The words – at least an edited version of them – are mine, but I was careful to submit a draft to RCL for approval before submitting the article to the magazine.  The photographs are part of a selection sent to me by the charity and I am pleased to see that the correct acknowledgement has been given.

21 April, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

Featured in Chat magazine

A little free publicity never hurts, especially when you’re being paid for it too!

18 April, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

Sister Act the Musical

REVIEW: ‘Dazzling’ Sister Act musical set to open at Harrogate Theatre – Your Harrogate

Always happy to write a review for local groups, I found attending the dress rehearsal of RAOS Musical Company’s dress rehearsal at Harrogate Theatre a truly joyous experience.

It’s a long time since I trod the boards there myself – as one of the Mamas in Fiddler on the Roof – but I could well imagine all the frenzied activity backstage. Well done, everyone! 

The link above will take you to the full review.

18 April, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

Featured in Writers’ Narrative

I’m pleased to have this article in the latest issue of Writers’ Narrative. It’s a great magazine and has helped to fill the gap left by the unfortunate demise of Writers’ Forum.

18 March, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

A small triumph for Write-On! Ripon

As well as our regular Tuesday meetings, where we share whatever we’re currently working on, some of us like to get together once in a while for a quiz evening.

The photo shows us at a Boroughbridge High School fundraiser, where we came out a clear ten points ahead of the runners-up. Not bad, eh?

13 March, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

The wonders of modern technology

When I sent a letter to Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, I attached some images stored on my computer.  Very close to the deadline for publication, I was asked if I could provide a better digital image of the regimental photograph and had to explain that it was now in the possession of a second cousin in Australia. I did, however, send my relative a message via Facebook and he was able to oblige – all this within a few short hours. The magazine will now be able to supply a digital copy of the photo to any family history researcher who requests it. How wonderful is that!


1 March, 2024 Make the first comment on this story

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