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February 3, 2017

One of the greatest pleasures of having writers as friends is when they ask your opinion on their works in progress. It’s always an honour to be asked, no matter how obtuse or muddied you might believe your opinion can sometimes be. I recently fed back some thoughts on...

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 25, 2015

 

Exciting developments this week. I can giddly announce that my next flash fiction collection Spiderseed will be published with Sleepy House Press in January. The book will collect together twenty of my flash pieces from the last two or three years, including a couple...

September 13, 2015

In a first for me, one of my recent stories has been podcastted on the excellent Tapes & Tales. It's another outing for 'Broadcast of the Foxes' which was previously published in issue 13 of Structo Magazine, making it my most successful story evar I think. The lo...

September 5, 2015

 

Last Thursday, nestled in a secretive room of a secretive bar, I was delighted to be able to launch a shiny new live literature endeavour: Speak Easy. A stripped-down and simple spoken word night for the people of Stretford in south Manchester, Speak Easy began l...

August 30, 2015

I disappeared into a little hole for a few quiet months to force myself to knuckle down on the novel and fight my way out of the woods-I-couldn't-see-for-the-trees. And two weeks ago, with a final great sigh as I broke out of the forest, I wrote these two words on the...

August 11, 2015

Originally written in February 2015

 

If like me you keep the sharpest half of your eyes on Paul McVeigh's excellent blog for writing competitions and submissions, you may have seen this recent addition: the Bath Flash Fiction Award. This is a new competition which seems...

August 11, 2015

Originally written in October 2014

 

As someone who would love one day to make something of a career out of my writing, the current state of play in the heady world of book publishing is equal parts terrifying and exhilarating. On the one hand sits a twitchy old angel, a...

August 11, 2015

Originally written in August 2014

 

There's no greater pleasure as an enthusiastic new writer than seeing your story and name in print. And not just seeing it, but holding, stroking, smelling those words, embracing them like you're a proud parent, and then finding a plac...

August 11, 2015

Originally written in August 2014

 

Rejections are part and parcel of the life of a writer. They are as constant as armpits and just as stinky. And if you want arms, you have to put up with armpits. And we all want arms. We need them to have hands and we need hands to wr...

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