Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 So Far

I should preface this by stating I’m very bad at making time to read nowadays. I’m so busy with running, creative projects, Spurs and work that there’s little time left for literature, even though it’s a pretty central aspect of my development as a writer and director. Consequently, although this post was inspired by The Broke and the Bookish’s latest Top Ten Tuesday feature, I’m going to do a top 5, in order of preference.

No Rules

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What’s in a Name?


“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Two weeks ago I explored the idea of changing the name of this blog from anotherwisemonkey to something more prosaic which explained what the website was about, e.g. Running and Creativity. The feedback from readers was a resounding endorsement of the anotherwisemonkey name and a negative for changing. But why? Continue reading “What’s in a Name?”

Tips for Marathon Runners

Faust 2

After reading Run with Faust’s write-up of the Liverpool Marathon, I’ve been inspired to write a response. I don’t know this man, but his experience reminded me of my own first marathon experience, which scarred me so much I didn’t run for five years afterwards! I’m hardly an expert, but having run four marathons now, I’d like to share what wisdom I have gained.  Continue reading “Tips for Marathon Runners”

Lost Boy

“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”

 Stephen King


In the summer of 2010, I took a play to the Edinburgh Festival called Lost Boy. I co-wrote it with a colleague as I was passionate about telling the true story of a young man I know who was trafficked to London as a child from Nigeria and who experienced a childhood of domestic servitude and abuse. When he was no longer eligible for child benefit he was thrown onto the streets. A talented artist striving to get to university, he was threatened with deportation to a Nigeria he had no memory of unless he could prove he had lived in the country for 14 years or more. With no papers, how could he prove his identity?  Continue reading “Lost Boy”

Who I Am And Why I’m Here

Power of Words
I’m a creative person who loves long distance running. I’m here because I love writing, and I want to share my words with a wider audience. After many years of scribbling away in isolation at home, I love the fact these words can be read by people all over the world. I find the feedback from readers makes it more satisfying to blog publicly than to keep a personal diary. You should read my blog if you want to read honest, from-the-heart posts with a running and creativity focus.  Continue reading “Who I Am And Why I’m Here”