The Tree of the Year – and me

My very favourite tree – the magnificent Allerton Oak in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park – has been named England’s Tree of the Year, and will be in the running for Europe’s tree of the year in 2020. That oak has seen some action, dating back to before the Norman Conquest in 1066, so is older than the city that surrounds it.

In 2008 I chose the Oak as my favourite spot to be photographed by Dan Kenyon, for his book ‘Liverpool Sung & Unsung’ – portraits of assorted scoundrels and heroes of the city for its year as European Capital of Culture. Fun, isn’t it?

Woman in silk stole standing by ancient oak tree
A 2008 moment by the 1,000-year old Allerton Oak

 

Candour or caution?

RJ headline & pic

Thanks to the Romania Journal for some keen questions in yesterday’s interview. I opted to be candid, since cautious answers make for an anodyne read…

What do you think – should I have responded more neutrally?

Some of my books: page updated

You might have seen the two titles so far published in Romania – but you may not have heard about books published in the UK before 2008. I’ve just updated the books page to give you a glimpse of some of those I’ve written, and some I’ve published for other writers. Have a look – it might give you some ideas…