I love writing apps, but now I hate Ulysses

I wrote most of my last book, Footnotes, in an app called Scrivener. I still really like it – it has a cool simplified but powerful IOS version, but the compiling process (the bit where you output the words you’ve written) seemed a bit buggy and very complicated. Also, the IOS version was a long…

Running makes you smarter – here’s how

Running makes you smarter – here’s how Vybarr Cregan-Reid, University of Kent As far back as the Greeks and Romans, humans have documented the belief that there is a strong link between exercise and intelligence. But in the last two decades, neuroscience has begun to catch up with Thales and Juvenal’s idea that a sound…

Footnotes on tour

Here is a list of upcoming events at literary festivals and the like. It would be lovely to see some of you, there.   Words on the Water 10 Mar 2.15pm Theatre by the Lake, Derwentwater Glasgow, Aye Write! 18th March, 4.45pm ChipLit Fest – Chipping Norton Literary Festival THE MAGIC OF RUNNING Sat 29 April…

Being Human is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration

From my article on The Conversation I’m writing this on the UK’s hottest day of the year. There is a light breeze, but everyone I have seen today has beads of sweat on their forehead. Seeing someone wiping their brow is a fairly common sight in midsummer, but it reveals a simple and fascinating truth…

The Magic Pill For Happiness And Health Is Simply Going For A Jog

  As we get older, trying to get healthy can be a full time job in itself. Author Vybarr Cregan-Reid feels he’s got the perfect solution to give you happiness and health and it won’t have to cost you a penny. He brings us today’s Morning Story. See video at: The Magic Pill For Happiness…

Running numbers continue to rise, here’s why

     This article appeared in The Conversation, and has since been syndicated across five continents. With a reported 2 million of us running in the UK (and an estimated 1010 million million in the US), running is on the rise, and fast becoming the most popular form of exercise. It fits as snuggly into modern life…

Footnotes – available for Pre-order

  Footnotes: how running makes us human – Published 26th May By Vybarr Cregan-Reid “Running allows me to step off life’s pathways and into the bracken; to turn my back on the fingerpost and tumble into the weeds. It has changed me so completely that, now, even the sight of a landscape painting instils in me a deep…