2004: Kerouac Writer in Residence


2006: Wisden Cricket Book of The Year


2010: Wingate Scholarship


2015: Helen Wurlitzer Foundation Residence

Helene Wurlitzer Foundation

In 2014 I was nominated as an award winner by the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Early in 2015 I will be spending three months at their settlement in Taos, New Mexico, working on a collection of short stories about my travels in the western States.

Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence

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

Not many people realise that the celebrated Beat writer lived for quite a few years in Florida. He was at 1418 Clouser Avenue, in a back-porch apartment, when On The Road was published in 1957. 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 fortyTen years later, I have more or less completed Work As Playtime and plan to get it into print as soon as I can..

Wingate Scholarship

In 2010 I was awarded a $10,000 Wingate Fellowship, which enabled me to fulfil a long-cherished desire, that of spending six months, one full growing season, on a western cattle-ranch. I stayed in a remote hunting lodge in the Sandhills of Nebraska, studying the life and work of Mari Sandoz. The blog I wrote there is still available HERE. This links you to the first page; from there you can follow the archive through my entire stay. 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 handsome paperback – from the Amazon website or by emailing me.
As part of my work in the Red House, I also co-wrote this online guide to the Old Jules Trail:

Click here to visit the Wingate Scholarships website