Treasures Found

& Other Animals: Asher Awelan

Asher Awelan (or Aslan as I secretly like to call him) lives in North Wales and co-manages the wonderful Ymuno funk & folk festival that takes place each summer in those parts. 1. What do you do? Currently I’m working for a Danish software company as their senior software architect. It’s the sort of grandish […]

& Other Animals: Britt of Bright Eyed Birdie

Continuing my & Other Animals series, in which I ask some wonderful creatives (and some creative-wonderfuls) a few questions. This week, the beautiful Britt from right here in Austin, whom I first met at one of the Handmade & Vintage fairs that I ran a couple of years ago. 1. What do you do? I […]

& Other Animals: Neil McSweeney

Introducing my new blog series & Other Animals in which I will pick the brains and point you in the direction of some wonderful creatives (and some creative-wonderfuls). I am delighted to begin with Neil McSweeney, one of my favourite songwriters. Neil is part of Sheffield’s trad-folk scene and writes songs that are full of […]

The Oh Hellos

So, I had a pretty special night this week. I went to a fifty-people-only gig in a Texas backyard to see some poetry and music. I was imagining something cottagey, cobbled and nooky when I made my way to the gig. But of course, that was just misplaced English imagination. Instead, the horizon was panoramic, […]

More Than Animals – The New Stoney Album

My mister is just an incredible songwriter. Believe me. It’s not even bias. I’ve watched him work on this collection of songs for years now and these last few have been pretty epic for us. High highs and low lows. Brutal and beautiful. And there have always been these songs and they are very much […]

Marching Bandass

Happiness is hula hoops and marching bands in one scenario. It makes me want to finally get an adult sized hoop and so I can learn lots of new tricks. Although I sincerely doubt I’ll ever make it look as cool as these girls! The annual Honk TX festival of street marching bands never fails […]

SXSW 2013

Austin is teeming, burgeoning, pulsating, bursting with SXSW this week. I have not been near it by dint of other busy-ness, kids at my ankles and no camera (I think it would just frustrate me; I love taking pictures of all the SX visitors). Happily it came to visit me. I love having British minstrels […]

The Susurrations of Murmurations

I’m nearing the end of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein (fact: his middle names are in honour of his piratical uncles) and I am enamoured by the way that birds have become part of the climactic drama– listening, flocking and acting as messengers and heralds: Very great indeed was the commotion among all […]


I went to north Texas this week and it was deep-seepingingly precious, it means so much when good friends share their hearth with you. Winter was sharper up there and the light was different, oozing in for long moments from its horizon perch. It helps to find different light. And almost as if (or perhaps […]

Some Beautifuls:

1. Slow-time Pen-Friendship. I sent my friend a real letter with some real drawings and some real poetry snippets and she sent me back a real letter, with real drawings and real, embroidered leaves. When I got her letter, it made me beam from the inside out. 2. The God of Small Things by Arundhati […]