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November 3, 2019


So: the PhD. How’s it going? It’s still going, chugging along in fits and starts, sometimes wailing through dark tunnels, sometimes rolling happily in beautiful scenery; sometimes slow, sometimes fast, with a shifting array of passengers passing through the carriage w...

July 29, 2019

I’ve been telling people who’ve been asking that I’ve just finished the second draft of the novel that I’m working on for my PhD. Truth is, that number feels arbitrary and nebulous. Instead, various parts, threads and elements of the chaotic whole have phased through t...

October 6, 2018

Fiction-wise, I have a few new incomings on the horizon. This is particularly nice as I've had quite the drumming of rejections recently, as does tend to happen when you throw shit at walls. But I am rather soothed and cheered by this particular trio of yeses, so allow...

November 26, 2016

For a long while I tried to keep my gastronomical inclinations out of my animal stories after deeming meat-eating too obvious a target and too sensitive a topic. The world of animal welfare and representation extends far beyond the abattoir in many different directions...

August 8, 2016

What a tick-tock, wheely-whizzing, turnabout summer we’re having; it’s equal parts all over the place and nowhere at all. But things are a-happening and its high time I scuttled back through it all and gathered some of my recent updates and highlights together under on...

July 15, 2016

It is with rather astonished and delirious delight that I can say these words: the current issue of Ambit Magazine (no. 224) features one of my short animal stories, ‘Shooting an Elephant’. I’m beyond thrilled to be featured in Ambit and a special mention needs to shou...

May 1, 2016

Extremely delighted to say that Spiderseed has been shortlisted in the Best Short Story Collection category at the Saboteur Awards. Huge thanks to everyone who nominated the collection, I couldn't be more delighted if I tried.


The Saboteur Awards have been going for a...

March 27, 2016

Back in the heady days of 1997, my drama teacher Dad ran foul of the local churchgoers of Preston after he decided to stage a theatre show which gender-bent the holiest of holies. The full story of how Jesus became Jessica is the subject of my creative non-fiction piec...

November 28, 2015


The latest issue of The Alarmist magazine opens with a lengthy and rather gloomy introduction from editors Gary and Mansour titled 'Memoirs of a Dying Swan' which details the reasons why, after only five issues, there will be no more Alarmist. The bold, beautiful and...

October 18, 2015


It is with delight that I can say my rabbit story ‘Hutched’ has been republished in issue two of Foxhole Magazine along with two gloriously gaudy illustrations by Murray Sommerville which really bring to life the bizarre insanity of the tale itself. ‘Hutched’ was one...

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