Author Archive | Garrett Fallon


A life on the Lea

Garrett Fallon meets Bob Hornegold, chairman of the Osprey Specimen Group     A thick mist clings to Epping Forest, oozing from the ground like smoke from a burrow, badger bonfires blocking out the world. It obscures all, revealing light only at the very last moment: dodging cars on sharp bends, clenched teeth and arse […]

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NEW FILM – ‘Ashmead’

Garrett Fallon travels to the renowned Ashmead Fishery tucked deep into the Somerset Levels. There, in the company of good friends and enormous carp, he ponders the methods and lifestyle choices that have influenced his angling, and whether he might benefit from looking at the water through fresh eyes….

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A lesson learned

Garrett Fallon finally publishes a story he wrote nearly 25 years ago, about the capture of an Irish tench. To me, there are few fish more beautiful than the tench. It possesses in its strong lines all the grace and form of Grecian sculpture, yet has the power of something perhaps better suited to war. […]

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When monsters call

Garrett Fallon remembers how he’d like to fish. I rested on the wooden platform, my legs dangling over the edge while my eyes wandered over the still water of the canal in front. They were tired and reluctant to focus, nor could my mind hustle to attention, as if it was off playing somewhere in […]

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The Osprey Specimen Group by Various

(Calm Productions, 2014) Simon King was the records officer for a group of anglers called the Osprey Specimen Group. He was working on this book to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the group when he was diagnosed with cancer, which sadly proved terminal. With Bob Hornegold at the helm, the group and friends completed this […]

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Old Father Thames by Peter Stone

(The Medlar Press, 1997) Born in Oxford in 1927, Peter Stone grew up in the nearby village of Wolvercote and from an early age was enamoured with his rural surroundings and the nearby Thames that flowed into his childhood and throughout his life, a love affair that continued until his death at 73 in 2000. […]

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Love Madness Fishing by Dexter Petley

(Little Toller, 2016) “To be an angler is to accept the rigours of the dreamer in dystopia. The end is disillusion, the beginning is worth it.” Dexter Petley was born in Hawkhurst in the Weald of Kent in the bleak, post-war Britain of 1955, where his council estate home and a fractured demobbed generation provide […]

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Rivers Run by Kevin Parr

(RiderBooks, Penguin Random House, 2016) We first meet the author on a deserted beach, waiting for mackerel: “Circumstance and illness have led my wife, Sue, and me into a life of rural simplicity… If I catch a fish or two this afternoon then they will be eaten for supper. Should I fail, we will not […]

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Reeling in the Years by Harry Haskell

(Freebird Publishing, 2013) The name Harry Haskell has always been familiar to me, his magazine articles from the 80s embedded into my psyche. Perhaps he was not as well known as some anglers, but he was certainly influential. This autobiography came to my attention after hearing the sad news that Haskell had passed away in […]

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Trout from the Hills by Ian Niall

(Cassell Illustrated, 1991) With over 30 books to his name, amongst them evocative, pastoral titles such as The Poacher’s Handbook, Fresh Woods and The Idler’s Companion, it would seem wholly natural that somewhere, within the bibliography of John Kincaid McNeillie, there would be a work dedicated to angling. Published in 1961 and written under the […]

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The Fly Fisher: The Essence and Essentials of Fly Fishing Edited by Thorsten Strüben and Jan Blumentritt

(Gestalten, 2017) The Fly Fisher is a reflection on what is happening in the magazine publishing world, with a move towards a design-based aesthetic. Its roots clearly lie in magazine design, but as 250-page hardback, this is clearly not a throwaway monthly, but a coffee table book that accommodates a digestible format, a book to […]

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Rod & Line by Arthur Ransome

(Jonathan Cape, 1929) I had a hunch that Arthur Ransome might have been an angler as I read Swallows and Amazons for the first time. Amid all that needless sailing and knickerbocker breaking were a few moments of sanity, as the characters did what all normal people do when holidaying beside water, and fished. My […]

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Caught Between Two Worlds by Christoper Cullen

(The Little Egret Press, 2014) Even the biggest fan of the 1960s television series Prisoner may have missed Number Six’s declaration of what he is going to do once he gains his freedom from the British intelligence agency. “Fishing,” he responded in his characteristic abrupt manner as though the fact the word is interchangeable with […]

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Fishing Personally. By W.M. Hill

(A & C Black, 1986) This book was recommended to me by somebody I had never met. A simple email was all it took to open my eyes to the writings of W.M. Hill who has “fished every ‘puddle, pond, lake, drain, pit, canal, stream and ditch’ he came across in the past 35 years.” […]

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For All Those Left Behind. By John Andrews

(Mainstream Publishing Company, 2005) It is rare that a memoir which is so deeply personal can remain a fishing book at heart, but this book does because it reminds us that the bond of angling can be complicated, special and unparalleled. The fourth child of an Anglo-Irish family, John’s career as a record executive for […]

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Beneath the Black Water by Jon Berry

(The History Press, 2011). As the title may suggest, there is a darker side to this book. I was at first shaken by the honesty and detail of the author’s life. You are immediately introduced to his failing relationship, a thread that continues for a while, as his sudden infatuation for a forgotten fish-—the ferrox […]

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Gone Fishing. By William Nathan

(Little Egret Press, 2014) Isn’t it lovely when you enjoy reading angling adventures for the pure joy conveyed by a skilled writer? Nathan is a man after my own heart. Like most anglers, his catches are largely  unremarkable; what makes them stand out is the way in which he sees the world, and puts that […]

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Hugh Falkus: A Life on the Edge. By Chris Newton

(Medlar Press, 2007) One overcast day in April 1996, a flock of migrating greylags appeared from the Esk estuary and momentarily circled high above a congregation of people, returning back down the valley with a familiar ‘hink, honk’ cry. The group below gathered around a freshly laid sandstone slab which read ‘Hugh Falkus 30/3/96’, engraved […]

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Blood Knots by Luke Jennings

(Atlantic Books, 2007) Blood Knots is a memoir of the writer’s fishing life and the influential characters that stitch it together. But what a life. From his early days under the careful eye of his father—a decorated British army officer who was badly burnt in a tank battle in Holland in WWII (but who did […]

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Tangles with pike by Dominic Garnett

(DG Fishing, 2014) Publishing a book can be terrifying. Your words are forever in print for all to see and criticise. It can feel like you’re being fed to the lions. As a self-published book, this stares into the toothy maw of publishing and laughs. Do you know as much about angling and can write […]

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Fisherman by Anthony Pearson

(Pelham Books, 1970) It is the Congo in 1960. A man called Jack Allan dies after being strafed across the chest by machine gun fire. Pearson grips us immediately; guns, mercenaries, Africa, elephant hunting, hard drinking bound together by the thread of fishing, especially for billfish—sailfish, swordfish and marlin—the harsh but thrilling environment of a […]

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Renaissance man

The sound of the line unfurling through the air cut through the distant  thrum of the rapids, bird song penetrating the backdrop like needles, sunlight dappling through the boughs of hornbeam, birch, and willow, splinters of shine, bouncing and carrying on the riffles of current. Then a step or two, the push of water as […]

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Film: Solent Hounds, the dogs of war

  To coincide with the publishing of issue 13, Fallon’s Angler (with the help of Adam Wells and Ollie Johnson) seeks smooth hound on the solent, and finds the landscape and its history just as absorbing as the sea. A film by Nick Fallowfield-Cooper. To read more about the story, buy issue 13 of Fallon’s […]

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Film: the girl who never came home

Peta Brabner left Co Cork, Ireland for England as a young woman and after a chance meeting ended up staying at the Gliffaes Country Hotel for a lifetime. This film tells her story and her love of the hotel, her family, and being drawn to the river Usk and the salmon and trout fishing. A […]

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A Wandle barbel at season’s end

“Tramp” said her eyes, sunk into an intolerant, pityless look that contorted her face. “Weirdo” said the face of another, while hastily averting his glance less I ask him for any spare change. “Fisherman” said the welcome smile of a third. She knew her onions, recognised the rod as a tool (not a weapon), recognised […]

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The thin twenty

The green-eyed monster, a pack of lies and a big pike, by Garrett Fallon I was getting frustrated with all the talk of twenties. We’d been fishing the lake and its bays and inlets for three days, swapping between hunting lake trout and plugging for pike, but we hadn’t caught or hooked a single 20lb pike […]

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Parr’s Diary – April 2017

It rained on the 30th. Not quite the persistent pour that had been forecast, but a significant drop nonetheless. This news shouldn’t really warrant a mention, but April has been desperately dry, certainly down here in Dorset. In fact, in my father’s garden, where he keeps a daily check on the weather, only 3.9mm of […]

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Wye oh Wye… Redmire to the rescue

“Spare any change mate? I need six quid for breakfast.” I give what I can, and the homeless man departs. That’s London prices for you. 7.30am, Sunday morning, Vauxhall station; a toxic junction of smell and sound that assaults the senses. Voices clash loudly, night owls mix with the morning larks. Drunkenness or drama? Violence […]

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In memory of Niall Fallon, who passed away on 26th January 1996. Originally penned by Garrett Fallon in 1992. As a child I had little appetite for work, seeing it as something horrid that served you right for growing old. I also had a distinct lack of interest in grownups, as they talked incessantly of […]

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Tale of two rivers, issue 8

To coincide with the launch of Fallon’s Angler issue eight, photographer Nick Fallowfield-Cooper caught a glimpse of the contrasting worlds of Paul and Tim, two lifetime Norfolk anglers who fish rivers of a very different nature, The Great Ouse and the Wensum. Written by editor Garrett Fallon, the story unfolds in the new issue, now […]

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Outfoxed by the inbetweeners

“Bring your coarse fishing gear!” read the text message. Three hours later Rick arrived, caught late on that devourer of Bank Holiday time, the A21, with wife, three children and sizeable dog in tow. They were visiting our little coastal bolt hole for the afternoon. I myself was visiting it for the weekend so that […]

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Dawn on the Hook

“Wexford. The oldest place in Ireland,” some would say. “Like Cornwall, only wetter,” say others. I snuck an old sturdy carp rod into a packed car heading for a family holiday in Ireland, and found myself fishing on Booley Bay beach near Duncannon on the aptly named Hook Peninsula. The tide was racing in, the […]

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William Yates

William Yates is a professional composer and producer living in Bristol. Being self-employed he finds the time to explore his love for art and specifically illustration. As well as working as a freelance illustrator, he designs t-shirts and co-runs his own t-shirt printing company called SLO-CLO. Will grew up in a tiny village (a hamlet […]

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Mark Walsingham

A professional fisheries biologist, conservationist and land management specialist, Mark Walsingham worked for the National Trust for more than 15 years. He now provides land management and fisheries consultancy, specialising in river and lake restoration. He is a lifelong angler who has caught some truly monstrous fish. Well-known in carp circles—he is a regular contributor […]

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Adrian Searle

Adrian Searle has been writing about art since the mid-1970s, becoming chief art critic of The Guardian in 1996. He has been a regular contributor to El Mundo in Madrid and to many art magazines. Author, broadcaster, former Turner Prize judge and curator of a number of exhibitions in Europe and the USA, he says […]

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Graham Vasey

Graham Vasey is an artist who specialises in traditional film photography and darkroom printing. Brought up in County Durham, his very first angling experience was fishing with his mum on boating holidays on the canals of Shropshire. This passion was kindled further by trips with this grandfather to the small becks and streams of the […]

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Bruno Vincent

Having spent most of his working life as a press photographer, Super Fly Guy, aka Bruno Vincent turned his back on the profession and began to design and build just about anything, from flying projectors to floatant holders. With a love of angling from his (misin)formative years, fly tying was a natural progression expedited thanks […]

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Andrew Griffiths

Andrew Griffiths lives and fishes in the cheap end of the Peak District with occasional forays into the pricey bits. He really should get out more but is drawn again and again to his two rain-fed rivers for just one more go at that tricky fish. It’s usually a midge thing. They are too close […]

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David Profumo

David Profumo (pictured here on the right with Fred Buller) is a novelist and journalist, and fishing correspondent for Country Life magazine. He lives up a Perthshire glen, with a trout loch at the end of the lawn.

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Issue 6 articles

Including Chris Yates, David Profumo, Dominic Garnett, Kevin Parr, Dexter Petley, Jon Berry, John Andrews, Carlos Baz, Andrew Griffiths, John Stephens, Danny Adcock, The General, Graham Vasey, Maurice Neill, Steve Roberts, Nick Fallowfield-Cooper and Garrett Fallon, it is the definitive list of all articles featured in issue six, in the order in which they appear, with […]

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First casts of a dry fly

“It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.”  John Steinbeck No matter how great we think we are, we are quickly brought back down to earth by those finned creatures that swim and attract our longing. I have caught a few […]

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Keep calm and carry on

March 15th and another chapter closed, the book back high on the shelves for now, out of reach unless I stand on the tackle box that is on holiday in the back of the shed, any maggots within slowly turning to flies. If they’re lucky they might see daylight, if I get around to cleaning […]

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Issue 5 articles

Here is a list of all articles featured in issue five, in the order in which they appear, with the first paragraph of each feature to give you an idea of its content. Fallon’s Angler is only available in print, so if you want to read the whole article, please purchase a copy. Thank you. A drinking […]

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Accidental angling

As an Irishman I’m comfortable with rain, in fact I miss it when it hasn’t fallen for a while. I love the way the ground opens up to drink it after a dry spell, like that first pint after work on a Friday. You can feel the earth’s thirst being sated and the plants being […]

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Update on issue 5 of Fallon’s Angler magazine

Fallon’s Angler issue 5 is currently winging its way from the printers near Brighton to our distribution house in Slough, from where it will make its way to you, wherever you are. If you currently subscribe it will automatically be posted to you. If your subscription is due for renewal, you will get a separate email this […]

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Pursuing the perfect perch

“Come on son. We’re gowan to ketch a perch,” sez he. I was too young to shave and still at an age when I thought girls were pointless and as annoying as acne. But I followed him like a puppy, yapping at his heels in joy. We approached the old stone bridge that crossed a […]

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Good times for Crooked lines

I was introduced to Dominic Garnett in the middle of 2014, courtesy of my friend and fellow angling writer Theo Pike, when I was gathering contributors to appear in the first issue of Fallon’s Angler. I visited his website first, and devoured his material. There was something different about his work, something I hadn’t encountered very often […]

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Update on Issue 5: including subscription renewal

We’re knee deep in the stream of production, with words and pictures gathering around us like salmon beneath a weir. We don’t like settling for second best so we’ll continue to tinker until we’re satisfied that we’ve published the best issue we can. At this moment, we’re hoping to send the magazine to press before Christmas, but with the […]

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Larry Jacobsen

Larry Jacobsen studied graphic design, then worked in the art department of an air force base, before finding landscape and wildlife painting. He lived in the southern California mountains, surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest for many years. He is interested in well-designed realistic representations of the western US, especially its mountains, streams, lakes, […]

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ron P swegman angler & artist & author

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ron P. swegman is the author and illustrator of Philadelphia on the Fly: Tales of an Urban Angler and Small Fry: The Lure of the Little. Tenkara fly fishing, fly tying, and cross country running to the water take up his time when he’s not at the front counter of the Urban Angler fly shop […]

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Simon Smith

Teacher, writer and, for nearly 25 years, a sea angler, Simon Smith is unsure exactly how to categorise himself. The author of a sea angling book, Running with the Tide, Simon lives with his wife and daughter on the south Wales coast, spending what little spare time he has writing, too much time working, far […]

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William Wyatt

William Wyatt

William Wyatt is an angler in exile having bailed out of East London over a decade ago. An excuse to write about his fishing presented itself since contributing to Dexter Petley’s outrageously avant-garde Powerlines. He helped Peter Rolfe with his acclaimed book on the crucian carp Crock of Gold. Currently he is teaching English when […]

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Mike Pope

Mike Pope started to fish aged 11. During his time in higher education, he wrote for the student magazine about his friends’ fishing trips in and around Oxford. By now, he was also fly fishing for grayling and trout. On graduating, he worked in insurance before re-training as a secondary school teacher. He now teaches […]

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John Andrews

John Andrews has been writing in various forms since his memoir For All Those Left Behind was published in 2002. He currently writes for a number of publications but most regularly for Caught by the River, Classic Angling and on his own blog: www.andrewsofarcadiascrapbook.blogspot.com. He may occasionally be seen and heard reading aloud in public […]

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Beckett’s Day

I am in the field by the woods again. It is late October and the ground is sodden, and beneath the big oak trees the myriad fallen acorns crunch under my feet like crisps. “Howya Aran.” “Howya Garrett. How’s it going?” I patted his dog Sparky, a cheerful lurcher, rescued from Battersea, sleek and friendly, tail […]

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Kerry’s estuary of Eden

This summer of 2015 found us in a wet Co Kerry, joining old friends and extended family for the first time in a very long time just outside the village of Glenbeigh on the Iveagh Peninsula, part of the world-renowned Ring of Kerry. I spent many happy summers in Kerry as a child with a […]

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Three men in a boat

  Why is it that we spend so much of our lives running, when really all we’d like to do is walk? We have a propensity to complicate our days, rush through them, fill them with activity, purpose, goals and achievements. But does it actually get us anywhere? Do we actually know where it is […]

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Luck of the Irish

“May the luck of the Irish be with you!” is a well-known Irish blessing. I’m not sure of its origins, seeing as I don’t remember being especially lucky at any time, if you discount meeting a lovely lass and marrying her, and having a wonderful child. I’d like to think those things happened because I […]

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Carlos Baz

Carlos Baz does not remember the first fish he ever caught. Though it must have made an impression. A lifelong fisherman, he now spends his time on the water with fly rod in hand hunting across shallow flats in search of saltwater gamefish. When he’s not fishing, thinking about fishing, or planning his next trip, […]

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John Aston

John Aston got away with pretending to be a lawyer but since retiring in 2012 he’s reverted to being a stranger to fashion who spends most of his time outdoors in his beloved North Yorkshire. He listens to loud music and enjoys reading people who can write, like Hemingway and Gierach. He loves fly fishing […]

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James Gilbraith

James Gilbraith published his first book Terminal Chancer Silver Seasons Atlantic Salmon in 2014. Originally from Blackburn, he currently lives in Clitheroe, Lancashire. He is a 47-year-old husband, father, music lover, geriatric footballer and small-time tennis hack. He can generally be found lurking somewhere on the river Ribble, where he reluctantly became secretary of Ribblesdale […]

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Peter Brown

Peter Brown followed a spell in advertising with a postgrad in illustration at Central St Martin’s in London. He has illustrated a weekly column about birdlife in Britain—The Feather Report—for The Times newspaper since 1992. Working mainly in wood engraving and Japanese woodblock, he also teaches classes and workshops in both media. www.littlebrownbirds.co.uk

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Daniel Davidson

Daniel Davidson is an illustrator who works with a variety of clients including Virgin Records, Saatchi Art and Music Magazine and Creative Review. He is currently working on illustrations for the as-yet-untitled sequel, to the alternative salmon fishing book, Terminal Chancer, which he also illustrated. www.danieldavidson.co.uk

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Marc Harris

Marc Harris was born in Cardiff where he works with homeless and disadvantaged people. Marc has had one book of nature poetry published by Little Egret Press, and a second book of nature and travel writing awaiting publication by the same press. Marc has written many short stories, poems and articles, and has been published […]

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Size isn’t everything

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”  Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes   Actress and bishop jokes aside, it is healthy to occasionally ignore the brutish force of the colossal for the intimate pleasure of the small. As as with the best […]

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