Wednesday, 10 February 2010


Who fancies it? Untamed landscape, windswept tors. Verdant valleys, waterfalls. Ancient woodlands, primeaval beauty. Bronze Age settlements. Pubs everywhere. Herons, larks, curlews, ravens. Hundreds of species of moss and lichen. The perfect setting to just write, ensconced in nature's rhythms. Did I mention the pubs?

Okay, so it doesn't exist yet. And, alas, I don't do the lottery. I don't even write commercial fiction. But I'm working on it. And you're all invited.


Vanessa Gebbie said...

Ooooh. oooooooh. Please mention the pubs.... and what a dream of an idea.

Paul said...

Will you pay airfare from the middle of the U.S. If so, count me in!

(P.S. What's a "pub"?)

TOM J VOWLER said...

A pub, Paul, is a quiet, civilised establishment serving alcoholic beverages. Everyone sips their beer, behaves impeccably, and walks home in a straight line. Well, not exactly that.

Liz said...

Hi Tom-

Sorry, I couldn't find an email contact for you anywhere! I saw that you're currently reading 'We Need to Talk about Kevin' and I wondered if you would be interested in coming to the JBW session featuring Lionel Shriver and Amy Bloom. Jewish Book Week is London's largest literary festival and this year we thought we would try out a new innovative way of getting the word out about the festival by asking bloggers to come along to events for free and blog a review about the event, posting a link to the JBW blog or website as well. If you're interested, please drop me a line at We'd be delighted to have you along.
Best wishes
For more information visit

TOM J VOWLER said...

Thanks for the invitation, Liz. Alas, I am committed to something then.

auntagnes said...

I should like the pub to serve unlimtited coffee and always have a full counter of homemade cakes. Possible? Big roaring fire, away from the cakes, too.

Neil J Hart said...

Hey Tom.
This sounds perfect. Getting a little frustrated grinding out my novel in a dark little bedroom. The open spaces sounds like just the thing. Let me know if this takes off and I'm there.