In order to write I need to feel I have a message to convey and I need to have the space in which to write. The last twelve months have been one of upheaval – the death of my mother, leaving my job, exploring new places, taking up a new job and learning a new language. As a result of these changes, I have failed to work on my latest novel. I have also failed to develop any new black and white films. This is, I hope, a temporary blip and normal service will soon be restored.