The following is a list of the writing I have done since about 1976 to date, most of it published as individual pieces and now collected in some permanent form. There are missing (lost) pieces, from before 1976 as well as since, and there are some loose pieces not included here, either because they are not finished, or because I am not satisfied with them.


Family History – the Phillips, Gibson and King families (my ancestors) - archives

The Taylors – the biography of my parents - archives

From the Foot of the Mountain – the autobiography of "us" - archives

Gleanings One – Collection of stories, poems, essays and features - archives

Gleanings Two – Further stories, poems, essays and features - archives

Gleanings Three – Another collection of stories, essays, features, plus some NZ WEA notes - archives

Gleanings Four - blogposts, book reviews and oddments - archives

NZ WEA Study Notes – Study notes written for the NZ Workers Educational Association between 1978 and 1998 - archives

Notes on Books – Second collection of study notes written for the NZ WEA Book Discussion Scheme, 1998 – 2005 - archive

More Notes on Books – Third collection of study notes written for the NZ WEA Book Discussion Scheme, 2006 – March 2009 - archives

Fourth Collection of Notes on Books - February 2011 - November 2014 - archives

A Beginner's Guide to Practical Writing – a writing manual, self-published in 1991 and sold throughout New Zealand. (No longer available in this form.)

Writing, a practical guide – an ebook, published at on 6th September 2011. Based on the 1991 manual above but extensively revised and reformatted. Price US$2.99. Also published at Amazon on 23 September, 2011, same price.

An Apple for the Teacher and other stories – a short ebook, published at on 27th September 2011 and at, priced $2.99.

From Quill to Keyboard – a short ebook of essays about writing, published at (free) and at on 1st October 2011, price $0.99

The Blue Moon and Other Stories – Collection of stories and poems written for the grandchildren, and illustrated - archives

Blogs, Book 1 - collection of posts 2 December 2009 - 28 February, 2013 - archives

Blogs, Book 2 - collection of posts March 2013 - November 2014 (plus 17 miscellaneous pieces) - archives


Words and Pictures


The Diplomatic Corpse - a novel about murder in Rangoon


Published stories
The White Cortina (Takahe magazine No 39, April 2000)
Matters Arising (Takahe magazine No 41, January 2001)
The Critic on the Hearth (Takahe magazine no 59, December 2006)


* Freelance writer and editor
* Book reviewer for the Christchurch Press from 1976 to 2013
* Creative writing tutor for the Canterbury WEA from 1976 to c 1990
* Non-fiction writing tutor at Hagley Community College in 1998 and 1999
* Member of NZ Society of Authors
* Life member NZ Freelance Writers Association
* Life member of South Island Writers Association

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