In Autumn 2011 I experienced something of what so many have gone through in these difficult economic times. In just one PowerPoint slide the rug was pulled out from under my plans and I was left trying to restart a freelance career in much-changed circumstances. With...

'Human kind cannot bear too much reality.' TS Eliot: The Four Quartets. In a building about fifteen miles North of London 6 people are being held captive. They have had no contact with the outside world for three weeks. They are watched 24 hours a day....

How do you cope if you are working when everyone else is sleeping? Adrian Butcher has worked night shifts in a newsroom for nigh-on twenty years. We woke him up (very gently) to ask for tips on how to survive. It's a warm, summer Sunday evening. The...

Journalist Elizabeth Hopkirk considers what you do if your church just doesn't understand your work. Is being a journalist a sin? I don’t recall it being one of the seven deadlies and I can’t find it in that list of no-nos in Galatians 5. But that’s what Kathy*, a...

Wayne Clarke seems to have several lives. Amongst many other things he is a Baptist pastor and religious editor at BBC Radio Merseyside. We asked him for advice on managing precious time. A friend of mine – a respected Christian pastor – used to look at...