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July 18, 2020

A pandemic is a highly weird time to be doing anything significant, as we all well know, because we're smack in the middle of a strange kind of limbo. There was the time before COVID, there will be the time after COVID, but its a real struggle to comprehend the time...

April 12, 2020

I feel like every blog post I put up on here begins with me saying we are living in strange times, and that such times call for strange stories. But a global pandemic can't be be summed up with the word 'strange'. As a word, it seems to fail somehow; not weighty enough...

November 21, 2019

Coming up this Saturday, Nov 23rd, myself and some uni pals are taking over the gorgeous Engine House at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation for the first ever (and possibly last ever, who knows) installment of The Manchester Forum.

Brainchild of musician Liam...

October 2, 2019

There’s an event coming up in Manchester which I’m aiming to go to called ‘Rural Eerie: Exploring the Strange Countryside’ (Oct 19th, The Peer Hat). That term rural eerie has stuck with me as its something that I’m increasingly finding myself reaching towards in my fic...

September 21, 2019

I have emerged from my self-imposed writing zone having slaughtered various darlings. I entombed myself within an attic space, surrounded by farmlands in Walterstone, deepest Herefordshire. It was pretty much exactly on the border between England and Wales: I was physi...

September 7, 2019

In an unnerving turn of events, I’ve been encountering a lot of zones recently. You know the ones: fuzzy boundaries, decayed ‘keep out’ signage, nature take-overs, a looming sense of something being absolutely and 100% not quite right but still quite glorious. I’m read...

August 4, 2019

Tweeted last week:

It’s the sort of tweet I see quite often and its always heartening. Rejections are, of course, part and parcel of being a writer, an inevitable bedfellow that always hogs the duvet. It’s taken a while, but I think I’ve become quite good at absorbing t...

November 17, 2018

I've only gone and started up another spoken word night. 

Hell, yes, but of course. My famous friend Ali shuffled up to me a few months back and said he had a vision for a new night of live literature. I could see the gears churning inside his mind as he toyed with the...

October 12, 2018

This coming Sunday (14th Oct) sees the debut of a new piece of music/writing fusion written and composed by me and brother Rick. It's a 20 minute piece of non-fiction set to Rick's beats punctuated by samples of our sister Jenny's voice. The latter, pictured above salu...

July 3, 2018

It's been a busy old first half of the year, so I thought it worth pausing to collage together some of the various notable bits and pieces that have had my name attached in these last six months...

New Fiction

The Woodcutter and the Wolf - have a scuttle around inside th...

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