residencies, retreats and time to write

In 2004 I was selected as the thirteenth writer in residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida.

The Kerouac Project invites writers to apply for a three-month residency at the Kerouac House, rent-free, with a bit of help towards groceries. My letter of acceptance included the assertion that I ‘embraced the spirit of Kerouac.’ While there I worked on an account of the forty or so jobs I’d had before I turned forty –now re-written as Writer: Must Have Experience, and out at my publisher’s.

In 2006 my ghosted biography of former Warwickshire batsman Wasim Khan, Brim Full of Passion (Breedon Books), was chosen as the Wisden Cricket Book of the Year. It’s an inspiring story about the first British-born Asian to play professional cricket in England. In October 2014 Wasim, formerly Chief Exec of The Cricket Foundation, was appointed Chief Exec of Leicestershire CCC.

In 2010 I was awarded a $10,000 Wingate Fellowship, which enabled me to spend six months on a western cattle-ranch. I stayed in a remote hunting lodge – leaky roof, snakes in the cellar - in the Sandhills of Nebraska, studying the life and work of Mari Sandoz. The blog I wrote there is still available [link]. I have since published a full account of my time there. The Red House On The Niobrara is available as a download for kindle, and as a paperback from the amazon website or by emailing me.

As part of my work in the Red House, I also explored and co-wrote a new, updated online guide to the Old Jules Trail. 

In 2015 I was awarded a three-month fellowship at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. Once there, I ripped up and re-wrote the twenty-year old manuscript that was to become Cody, The Medicine Man and Me.