‘Song of the trees’

An evocative and heartwarming poem by Joy Mead

Update on The Hazel Tree

Just a quick note for those of you who might be wondering where I’ve got to for the last couple of months! As Writer in Residence at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, I’m working on a book entitled ‘The Great Horizon – 50 Tales of Exploration’.  This will focus on the stories of 50 amazing […]

‘All nature has a feeling’ by John Clare

These lovely words by John Clare remind us of the true essence of autumn

Book review: ‘Island of Dreams’ by Dan Boothby

At the end of August I went to the Edinburgh Book Festival to see a joint talk by two authors – Dan Boothby and Gareth Williams. Dan Boothby was talking about his new book, ‘Island of Dreams’, while Gareth Williams gave a presentation about his release of ‘A Monstrous Commotion’, which focuses on his research […]

‘Tree is a fractalscape’ by Sudeep Adhikari

A thought-provoking poem by Sudeep Adhikari from Kathmandu

Trees of winter

On a New Year’s Day walk, the sound of the wind in the trees reminded me of these words by Thomas Hardy

Book review: ‘The First Blast of the Trumpet’ by Marie Macpherson

The first in the ‘Knox Trilogy’, this riveting story of 16th century Scotland will sweep you into the court of James IV and into the candlelit rooms of castles, palaces and convents…

Explorers of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Join me on my new blog, as I delve into the archives of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society!

A very big thank you…

Today, my stats show that The Hazel Tree has reached 100,000 views.   What a fantastic total!   What this means to me is that this blog is being read and enjoyed regularly, attracting new visitors, and giving lots of pleasure and interest to thousands of people.  That is something I never thought I would […]

Not another film review: Tomorrow Never Dies

I think I’ve probably seen this film too many times to write a proper non-review, but here it is anyway:  Tomorrow Never Dies. This is my favourite Bond film, for several reasons;  luckily, few of them are the right ones. Firstly, as a consummate villain, I think Jonathan Pryce is… well, priceless.  In the role […]