Finding the Secret Mathematician


If you are looking for Laura Trefor the Secret Mathematician follow this to the site:

Diolch yn fawr 😉

Posted in random reflections | Tagged | 1 Comment

Terry Pratchett

terry pratchettThe most re-read books in our house…

Posted in random reflections, Story inspiration, story telling, Terry Prachett, writers | Leave a comment

Numeracy Tube Map

now this is cool… 😉 Thinking outside the box.

Posted in random reflections | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Laura the secret mathematician

Check out our new site:

Launching 1st march 2015

Posted in random reflections | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Writing4Fun Christmas Special 2014

Writing4fun Monmouth is having its last session of 2014 on Thurs Dec 18th.

Usual time. Usual place.

9.30am to 11.30am. Monmouth Library.

Bring a book to share.

And any stories about BJ in hard copy.

BJ was sitting in the park drinking lager. But his long black dreads caught Timmy’s attention and so BJ smiled and waved to him.”

Posted in creative writing, random reflections, Story inspiration, Writing4fun | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Writing4fun Summer 2014

Hi there!
Writing 4 Fun Monmouth starts again on thurs 8th may 2014.
It will be a guest session with David on ‘monologues’.
Check out Stanley Holloway and Joyce Grenville.

As usual at Monmouth library 9.30am to 1130am.
See you there 😉

La Clusaz 2014 - 12

The sky’s the limit                      French Alps 2014


Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Writing4Fun Monmouth

Writing4Fun restarting on Thurs 5th Sept 2013.

9.30am to 11.30am Monmouth library.

Don’t forget…

For more info on our sessions email:

e lephant

Posted in Story inspiration, story telling, Welsh writing, writers, Writing4fun | Leave a comment

Stalking John Barrowman: Opening night at Chapter Cardiff

Chiffi, Garner and Steed’s new musical!

Well done guys!

I went expecting to be entertained… and was blown away by the fun filled, energetic, hilarious show. There were some splendid performances. I loved the three divas! And who cant relate to the subtext of unrequited love. We’ve all been there!

But the songs deserve a special mention: something for everyone. Lively catchy numbers and a few heart wrenching moments too. And some challenging lyrics for the cast.

To get this from pen and piano onto stage is an achievement in itself. But this was not some dreary musical (apologies to musical fans). This was a cleverly crafted piece of art!

When’s the soundtrack available? I wanna sing those songs again…

Posted in Welsh writing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Snapshot: A writer’s life for me

Windows open to the smells of the countryside. Sun shining. Stornoway Hebridean lilt playing over me.

Beowulf and Anglo Saxon Chronicles in my head.

Mapping the Mind, Brilliant excel and

Alex’s adventures in Numberland at hand.

Owain’s Resistance on my mind.

Fingers poised.

Two whole days of writingness.

Pen with paper now covered in scrawls. as I eat tea and toast with the obligatory marmalade and Bovril.

As I move from night to work. Opening curtains and getting ready for the day, I see drawings of actors and musicians, Jack, Marlon, Johnny with Dylan and Mason.  Each the product of other’s imagination and craft.

Now it’s my turn. The time has arrived. There is no escape.

Dust the crumbs off the keyboard. Press replay on the remote.

Tis time to play…

Photo: Hay Festival May 2011

Posted in poetry, random reflections, Story inspiration, Welsh writing, writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Bob Dylan at 70 – time and tide

Penblwydd hapus iawn iawn Dylan;

‘Some are mathematicians,  Some are carpenter’s wives,  I don’t know where they’ve been,  Or what they’ve done with their lives.’  Tangled up in blue.

These Dylan lines and Three Cliffs Bay, Gower inspired the 10 min short film, I wrote last weekend.

My old mathematician friends,  the Mull Historical Society and an Atrium theatre piece inspired this monologue poem celebrating time and our inspirations. Diolch yn fawr.

Time and Tide: an adaptation

The Zimmerman’s begat Robert.

Robert grabbed the words.

Guthrie’s words. Blake’s words. The people’s words.

He turned words to swords.

The times they are a changing.

Time is not on our side.

Tangled the words

To scream and screech across the world.

Time moved on

People sang

People rioted

People scrawled words on walls

People shouted,

People chanted.

People raved and

People ranted.

Celtic Chorus

We will laugh

We will laugh to the end of time.

To the end of tides.

Time and tides wait for no one.

Gran and Granddad begat the parent.

The parent begat Colin

Colin read Angus

Angus begat the poem.

Colin took the line.

He adapted the line

He churned it out into

The Mull Historical Society.

Celtic Chorus

We will laugh

We will laugh to the end of time.

To the end of tide.

Time and tide wait for no one.

The Book begat the Gathering

The Gathering begat more words

And so the journey

Over the undulating plane

Of the first universe continued.

The scientists played with strings

More universes were formed,

Moved shifted and collided.

One world, three cliffs, five platonic solids.

Some things change

Some themes stay the same

The journey continues

Time and the sands of tide

Drip and splutter through the vacuum.

The seas rise and envelop the earth.

They have before and they will again.

Celtic Chorus

We will laugh

We will laugh to the end of time.

To the end of tides.

Time and tides wait

Time and tides




Posted in poetry, random reflections, Story inspiration, writers | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment