Cuttings from the vaults

I was a journalist at The Sentinel from 2001 to 2005 and most of my work never appeared online or is no longer there. Out of interest I decided to have a delve around the depths of the internet and see what I could come up with. I’ll keep adding to the list if I manage to find any more!

From 2002, a review of Live in the City at the Britannia Stadium (includes a mini-interview with Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott) – Live in the City and a Screaming Success

Also from 2002, an interview with Jonathan Wilkes about his forthcoming role in the Rocky Horror Show – My new role’s a drag

From a special supplement celebrating Robbie Williams’s 30th birthday in 2004:

I also wrote freelance for Staffordshire County Magazine until its closure, although I can only find one piece online from there: from 2008, a piece about Cannock and Lichfield – Beauty and Brains

It’s a shame (for me, at least!) that so few of my stories are online but I have a big box full of cuttings that I really ought to organise at some point. And I hope to add more from the next chapter of my writing life too…

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum (Staffordshire County Magazine)

Staffordshire County October 2008

I wrote about the fascinating Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum as part of the October 2008 Cannock and Lichfield county special for Staffordshire County Magazine.

“I lately took my friend Boswell and showed him genuine civilised life in an English provincial town. I turned him loose at Lichfield.

Samuel Johnson

View a PDF of my feature about the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum here.


Guide to Cannock and Lichfield (Staffordshire County Magazine)

Staffordshire County October 2008

Oct 08

I wrote a pull-out about Cannock and Lichfield for the October 2008 edition of Staffordshire County Magazine.

This included a range of features, listings and a guide to the towns.

View a PDF of the Cannock and Lichfield guide, Beauty and Brains, here.


Bishop of Lichfield, Jonathan Gledhill, interview (Staffordshire County Magazine)

Staffordshire County January 2008

I really enjoyed doing this interview with the Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill, for the January 2008 edition of Staffordshire County Magazine.

I had interviewed him before in my Sentinel days and always found him interesting and easy to chat to. Who could fail to warm to a Bishop whose cats are called Guinness and Oedipus?

In the interview he talks about his hopes for Staffordshire, his long-standing connections with the county and his own beliefs.

Jonathan had always felt that faith made sense. But at the age of 16 he realised he had to make up his own mind about what to believe, and decided to set God a challenge.

“I did an experiment,” he said. ” I said, ‘If You are there, show me, and if not, I won’t be a Christian. I said I would go to church, read the Bible and say my prayers, and gave Him six months to get in touch. I didn’t know what to expect.

“In the end, it took less than six months. The best way to describe it is that the conversation became two-way.”

View the PDF of the interview with the Bishop of Lichfield, Faith in the Future, here.





Blind sculptor Cliff Vawda (Staffordshire County Magazine)

Staffordshire County December 2007

I interviewed blind sculptor Cliff Vawda for the December 2007 edition of Staffordshire County Magazine.

Among many other works of art, Cliff, who lost his sight at the age of 18, had created a charming ceramic nativity scene which was on display in Lichfield Cathedral.

He was an interesting and inspiring man and I was sorry to learn that he sadly died last year.

Very often people start out with a negative attitude when faced with a situation. They’ll say ‘it can’t be done’ but the principle I have always adopted is never to say something can’t be done. Maybe you’ll find out later that it isn’t possible, but you should never start out by saying so.

View a PDF of my interview with Cliff Vawda, The Story of the Nativity, here.