Believe Me: You Can Be Young, Wise and Free

The most satisfying part of being a writer is the freedom. I’m so glad I ignored the well-meaning, but flawed advice to, “stick to an ordinary job.” Of course, I earn money through a range of freelance projects, but my main priority in life is to create. ‘Ordinary’ just doesn’t fit with my values. Developing…

What Happens When Powerful People Get Complete Freedom?

The following essay featured in NUHA’s blogging competition. NUHA stands for Nurturing Human Activity. In essence, working creatively to enrich the lives of others. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power” – Abraham Lincoln I agree: there is no bigger test of integrity, moral…

The Best Regrets: An Exploration Of Freedom, Fear and Feeling Good

“You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.” ― Irvine Welsh, Porno What do you regret? Tough question isn’t it? Most people find this one pretty difficult to answer, at least up front. It takes a while to figure out what your regrets are or, if they’re very…

Boy On Fire

Today is quite some day, don’t you think? As I wake up to the morning’s papers, I learn that Ian Brady has died at 79. When I tried to get to sleep last night, I struggled because I was so happy to learn that Chelsea Manning is about to walk free. From a narcissistic killer…

Cutting Up Books, The Revolutionary Way

Writing. Binding. Publishing. Buying. Borrowing. Reading. Reviewing. Lending. Bending. Burning. Are we missing anything? Seems we are. Allow me to introduce you to the rebellious art of book sculpture. Forget History, Let’s Debate “When did it start?” was the first question I scribbled into my notebook. To cut a long story short, book sculpture is a…