Here comes the sun

I once read a list of things you should try and do every year, or at least once in your life. The one that stuck in my mind was "watch the dawn". I realised I'd never done that. I had been awake as the sun rose (usually having been up all night) but I wasn't paying attention to it, it was just something happening in the periphery. I wasn't mindful of it. There's a huge difference between conversations going on around you, and taking part in the conversations.

The idea of watching the dawn excited me, but also created some fear. Let me state this now: I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. But I do love the outdoors, and natural scenes, and the idea of transitions. I remember the eureka moment as I read Plato's Republic over 20 years ago. It begins with Socrates returning home from a religious festival; it leads on to an all-night discussion about the nature of justice. The debate is finally wrapped up as the new day begins, and people 'see the light' - metaphor and situation overlap, form fits theme, and I was impressed at the way meaning can be layered into a work. With the dawn comes new understanding. That stuck in my mind.

Plus: I'm a bit of a hippy.

So on Saturday 21st December I decided I would see the dawn. I got up before 7am, made a flask of tea and a hot water bottle, wrapped up and walked up to the top of the Cefn Llan cemetery in the dark, sat down on the bench, and spent an hour watching the sky getting lighter, listening to the changing sounds and feeling the optimism of seeing a new thing coming into being, the feeling of being privileged, experiencing changes. A journey without leaving the bench. It was special to me, so I thought I'd share it. Photos are displayed in the order in which they were taken.

Aberystwyth, 7.16am



My books in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop this week.

That is all. Please carry on.

New cover for Turner

You may have noticed that the cover for Turner has changed. The new cover is this:

It has a number of elements from the novel: the creepy Bwystfil in the red hooded coat, the bike and Dynion toilets from the prologue, The Old Man pub, the stormy weather, the red colours that resemble blood... It does a good job of telling the reader what they're in for, helped by the tag line. It was designed by Create Imaginations. Let's take a look at the other covers Turner has had.


Aber News

I'd forgotten to post about this, but I was mentioned in the Aberystwyth University newsletter back in August, p16.

Book reviews by Shaun

There's an interesting mix of books over on Shaun Horton's blog - books to read and books to avoid. There are a few books there which I'd like to seek out myself for the cold, dark winter months. I'm also sharing it because he's been a long-time supporter of Turner, and in the link above he says:
Turner by Karl Drinkwater. This book currently has 4.16 stars out of 5 on Goodreads with 37 ratings, and it absolutely deserves it. This has a bit of everything, from suspense, to gore, to medical, supernatural, and psychological horrors. Many parts of the book will make you think of such greats as Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and even Poe. It pays homage to the many horror stories which have come before it, while presenting itself as an original work, expertly told. Another book I would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in horror. Five stars.
Brill! Thanks, Shaun! You can read an interview I did with Shaun here.

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