My short essay 'Saltwater Blood' was published in the most recent Kinfolk


Costa Rica, Iceland, Orkneys 2012/13 contact sheets. 






My first novel, Shineland, is finished. Please follow @intoshineland for updates...

Molly Soames isn’t like anyone else. She’s carrying the Wakening, a remarkable power that helps her understand animals. When Mortimer Wyse starts stealing pupils from the eyeballs of the people she loves, Molly must go on a perilous journey into the world inside the pupil, Shineland, to seek everything she’s lost. If she’s going to survive, Molly must learn to truly trust her gift.


One of my poems was handwritten on a wall as part of a group show for new culture sharing site Cultshare. Here's the full text:

She is the seed-knowledge in the ravines

Under concrete, soft-headed sleeper

Dreams beneath gum patina and feet tramp

Ignored static bleeds angry stamp

Seeps through seams

Where a shadow forest creeps

Under the glum fabric of man

All her whispers are leaf brush

The delicate fan of night branches

Her speech is the soft dirge of mush

Preaching forgotten implores

This army of lurking shades

Phantoms in paving slabs

Viridian certainty, poised potential

Chasms in her skin boil with life

Ruts in the valleys,

Thunder-claps on the peak

Bats in the grammar, sly as the adders

Wound about her roots

Each a tendril, tender seeks

There is no turning the head

Unfound, the eyeless thief

Cracks every question of your heart

And answers them, piece by busted piece


*Photo by Lucky James, jungle boogie...
I've been out in West Clare with the big-wave surfers turned farming community over there, courtesy of Cushe footwear, who are great guys. It was inspiring to see people who have realised the dream of being professional surfers actually turn away from it to focus on health and community. Good fuel for a long feature currently being wrought.
I was published on Riverlit and last week, and recently on Caught by the River and the Journal of Wild Culture
Getting ready to pitch my novel during May...

Wildfjords and Wildonomics - Recent Work 



Wildfjords is Iceland's longest and most majestic hiking trail. Together with an old friend, Henry Fletcher, we will be running our first trail in July 2014. To learn more about the trail and how to attend, please check out:




Wildonomics is ten social experiments to connect with nature. By examining the basic patterns of our existence and exploring alternatives, Wildonomics proposes a revised way of being in the world. Wildonomics is a book and online project launching in 2014. For more information and ongoing essays surrounding the topic, please visit 









Please check this site and the above URLs for regular project updates during 2014. It feels awesome to be working on a broad spectrum of projects with a firm ecological imperative.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so I've lucked into some random med rivermouth sessions with the guys from Acid surf mag in Barcelona.    










Time to question the seed ghosts

Sleeping hosts subsurface

Eidolon dreams of a greening

Phantoms of the cracks

Viridian throng, verdant urgency

Their public transport

Moth wings, magpie backs, hare feet

On train tracks, window ledges, under tunnels

Singing where,

Where do we belong? 

Abandoned nests and clefts and

Pondering ascendant

Clockwise omens of the still moon’s silent wax

Felt in Eukaryote urges

Blind blanket longings to burst

And stretch siege ladders

To interrupt concrete creep

Our mortal foundations disturb

Tendrils grasping, seeking southern purchase

Pending, imminent growth in the offing

Anything to cradle roots

Rear old heads

Moor the marooned mass of longing 


Hundreds of drowned earthworms, some of them huge, at Walberswick. 

Hundreds of misplaced seal pups around Horsey, which could affect the breeding population for decades. 

The cliff eaten at Covehithe, right back to the planted crops, the water flowing into Benacre broad. 




Fluid Juice

Good to stop by Fluid Juice to pick up a CMBL board, and catch up with Adrian and Toby before they head for Hawaii. 


Surfer's Journal

Delighted to feature in the current issue of Surfer's Journal, from a trip to Iceland with Henry Fletcher (of Wild Fjords), James Bowden and James Aiken...