Story time

Posted: November 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: short stories, writing | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

In other news I’ve had a story published in the autumn edition of Under the Radar. The story is called The Donkey and has nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas.

Issue 10 features: 
Poems by Liz Berry, Geraldine Clarkson, Bob Cooper, Jude Cowan Montague, Dill Darling, Carrie Etter, Mark Goodwin, Sonia Hendy-Isaac, Nigel Hutchinson, Sarah Jackson, Sarah James, Crystal Jeans, Emma Lee, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Matt Merritt, Fiona Moore, DA Prince, Jonathan Taylor, Alana Tomlin, Christian Ward and Charles Wilkinson.

Short Stories by Helen Cross, Mez Packer 🙂, John McGhee and Hilaire.

You can subscribe or buy a single copy here. Follow Nine Arches Press (publisher) on Twitter.


Transmedia project update

Posted: September 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: authors, diary, events, exhibition, web 2.0 | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Reliable Witness has been gathering steam online so I thought I’d aggregate some of the bits and pieces I’ve been doing to promote the project acros the web.

I’ve recorded a Podcast on the excellent Transmedia Storyteller site and made a great new contact – the site’s founder Robert Pratten.

You can have a gander at the images on Flickr of the creative team in full flow.  And there’s even a tumblr site with images of the installation build.

Finally here’s an interview I did with the good people at The Information Daily :


Free workshop at Coventry Book Festival

Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: authors, courses, The Game is Altered, writing | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I’m running a FREE writing workshop at Coventry Book Festival on June 16th at 11am. The workshop, ‘Finding Your Voice’, is two hours long and is being held in Coventry Central Library. Bring pens, paper and an open mind. For ages 16 and above. Use the link to book your place: http://literallycoventry.eventbrite.co.uk/

I’ll also be taking part in a panel discussion with other local authors on June 14th at Sidney Stringer Academy Theatre. You can book for this on the same link.


Tindal authors on World Book Night

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: authors, events, The Game is Altered, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A bunch of Tindal Street Fiction Group authors will be chatting about books, inspiration and the fabness of World Book Night at Solihull Library on Monday 23 April, 2012 – 6-8pm.

Come and enjoy the literary stylings of Fiona Joseph, Gaynor Arnold, Andrew KilleenSybil Ruth, Amanda Smyth – and me. Tickets are free but need to be booked here. And Fiona has set up a Facebook page for the event here.


Second review

Posted: February 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: review, The Game is Altered | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

My publicist sent this through earlier today. I want to stress that TGiA isn’t a SciFi novel!


First review

Posted: February 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: review, The Game is Altered | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The first review turned up in the Daily Mirror last week. It’s only a snippet but not bad for the first (and perhaps only) bit of national crit.


It’s arrived

Posted: September 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: authors, writing | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The wait is over and the advance copies of The Game is Altered have arrived. I’ve noticed a few typos already (and that’s only with a quick scan) so there are some updates and additions to be made. The cover’s come out rather dark, too, and there was a neon sign on the left hand side (see the publicity version on the right) that gave it some softness/ambiance that this version is missing – but hopefully all these things will be ironed out before publication. Anyway – here it is:


Skyros Writers’ Lab

Posted: July 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: courses, diary, events, writing | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Thursday 21 July – Sunday 31 July: Aspects of Novel-writing

Skyros Centre, Greece

The beautiful Greek island of Skyros is home to the world-famous Writers’ Lab (rated as one of the very best creative writing holiday destinations). Nestling on the hillside at the edge of Skyros village the Writers’ Lab is a stone’s throw from the village’s cobbled streets and restaurants and ten minutes walk from the long, sandy beach. Later this month I’ll be running a ten-day course at the centre aimed at developing writers – from beginners to those with a finished novel under their belt. We will cover aspects of novel-writing such as plot, structure, character, voice, as well as the nitty-gritty of prose-style. I will be offering feedback on individual projects and advice on how to find representation and getting published.

The cost is £945 (not including transport). Booking is made through the Skyros website.


Tindal Street Press to publish novel #2

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: authors, writing | Tags: , | No Comments »

I’ve been slack. I can’t seem to find the time to update this blog, what with teaching, family and writing… However I am very pleased to report that Tindal Street Press will be publishing my new novel in February 2012.

I’ve already begun editing (corrections and rewrites must be finished by the end of July apparently) and Luke – my editor – is as thorough and relaxed, as last time. However I’ve suggested three titles and Luke hasn’t jumped at any of them. This worries me. But as soon as I know what it’s called I’ll post it here.

The novel is set in the near future (but it’s not Sci-Fi). It’s about a young man called Lionel who is mixed race, adopted and obsessed with MMORPGs (online role playing games). The novel switches between a real world and a virtual world and explores notions of identity (cultural, digital, gender etc.). Once I get the blurb from the publisher I’ll post it here too.


Lovely hubbly

Posted: September 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: writing | Tags: , , | No Comments »

hubAfter my reading at writLOUD in August, James Vincent, organiser, editor and general litlover, asked me to write a feature about multicultural literature for WRITERS’ HUB.

You can read my offering, Blurred Edges: Multicultural Fiction and the Role of the White Author, here.

Writers’ Hub is an amazing resource. You can sign up for alerts on Facebook and Twitter, and if you do you’ll be joining a growing community of writers.