Friday, 14 February 2014


'Sixty miles north by north east of the dirty jewel of Scarborough, far out in the North Sea, beyond the Silver Pit, the bright electric glow of the yacht Nahlin lights up the night sky.  It is August 1933, the middle of a heatwave, a summer of lightning strikes, white speedboats, sea monsters and of a message in a bottle,

'Been in a rowing boat without oars since 11th'.'

My short piece entitled 'Tunnyland' originally published in Dexter Petley's 2009 anthology 'Powerlines - New Writing From the Water's Edge' is available again via the publisher Two Ravens Press. Go to their website where for the sum of five pounds you may find yourself off the map.  (Photograph: Private Collection: by late Lady Vera Broughton).