SPECIAL: Update

Hola people, still here, still in Spain and still writing! Here’s a quick round up of current goings on… MEDIA page updated with Case Studies. A LYRICAL OASIS: Debut poetry book from 1997, completely revised artwork. Was issued earlier in 2019. Available on Big Cartel along with Year Amid Winter and Nomad. HOUSE OF MANY […]

Chenzhou: Hunan’s Halfway Home

Night masks my vision as the bullet train slides into another empty modern edifice. It’s a trip I’ve been lucky to make at all. Rolling back three years to a time when my travel plans were thwarted by Chinese New Year I wasn’t expecting any problems in late August. Unknown to me, a secondary kind […]

Travelling Without Moving (The Home Comforts of Chinese New Year in Hunan)

Being in Chenzhou during Chinese New Year reminds me a lot of my great travel drought in the eighties (and a good proportion of the nineties). None the less despite the obvious obstacles I chose to conserve my funds until summer but mostly to explore my immediate surrounds here in Hunan as I haven’t had much […]

Year Amid Winter: Details

‘YEAR AMID WINTER’ is the new old book from Kelvin Hayes. Initially released in 2012 as a series of free blogs it now gets its first proper release. “The reason for the former approach was that I was really bored of working on a book for a year or more and sending out press to […]

USA 1000

A bit of a special one today/tonight (depending on where you are) to give a BIG thanks to those tuning in from America or via America. You’ve now hit 1000 hits which is amazing and appreciated. Hope I continue to write things of interest to you. As I may have written previously, it’s a long […]

Winter Marches On

Coming Soon…

What happened to Travel?

As you can see the music writing is coming thick and fast at the moment, particularly with the colour-sound song lists taking up much of my time. Other than that, I teach English and Western Culture in China and as I’m the only writing teacher with 415 students, thinking up lesson plans and marking takes […]

Bangkok: Bladerunner by Daylight

*This started life as an article, then became the beginning of a new book. I am still undecided on its future. I was not seeking the backdrop to a dystopian nightmare vision of the future, but I found it in Bangkok. From the outset it was evident: the all encompassing heat – like a hot […]

Fuzhou: Cangshan Wanda Plaza (known locally as New Wanda)

In 1980, The Brothers Johnson sang ‘Light Up The Night’ and how well this ditty suits the fabulously glitzy Wanda Plaza in Fuzhou’s Cangshan district. It’s a near certainty that if you live in one of the adjacent apartments it may be possible to forgo light bulbs altogether as the Wanda complex is effectively an […]