• Coming up – Refining Your Novel

    My next course for Writing East Midlands begins on January 12th at Nottingham’s Waterstones.  ‘Refining Your Novel’ will run over six Saturdays, from 1 till 3pm.

    During the course, we’ll be playing with editing techniques and exercises.  We’ll be delving more deeply into themes and imagery, and consider powerful openings and satisfying endings.

    We’ll also look into the practicalities of submitting to agents and publishers, including how to produce an effective synopsis.

    Suitable for writers who attended ‘Beginning Your Novel’ and to any other writers who’d like to hone or push or shake up their novel in progress…

  • Novel News!!

    Thrilled to pieces having just signed a contract with the lovely Eyrie Press – my fourth novel will be out next year!!  Further details coming soon…

  • Your Neighbour’s Packages

    Have just returned from an amazing Halloween writing retreat, brilliantly tutored by the incredible Nicholas Royle and Tom Fletcher, at Moniack Mhor (go, go, go on one of their courses,  if you can!) to a delivery of Dark Lane, Volume 7.  The anthology includes my short story, ‘Your Neighbour’s Packages’ – and was rather appropriately taken in for me by the people next door 🙂

  • Beginning Your Novel

    My next 5 week course for Writing East Midlands – ‘Beginning your Novel’ – starts at 1pm on Saturday, 27th October at Nottingham’s Waterstones.  During our workshops, we’ll be using playful exercises and published examples to develop a deeper understanding of essential fiction elements such as character, setting, point of view and structure – and we’ll start putting them into practise…

    I’ll be on BBC Radio Nottingham tomorrow (3rd October) around 2pm, talking to Alan Clifford about the course and my writing generally.

    (And I’m not at all scared – honestly ;-))

  • Short Story September

    I feel incredibly honoured to be included among the featured writers for Dahlia Publishing’s brilliant Short Story September.

    If you’ve missed it so far, it’s not too late to get involved.  As well as highlighting stories from incredible authors like Leone Ross, Angela Readman, Courttia Newland, Alison Moore, Sarah Hall and many, many more (I know! I know!), the project aims to get as many people writing short stories as possible, offering challenges, opportunities, prompts, advice and giveaways.

    You can sign up at http://shortstoryseptember.co.uk/

    Or follow @dahliabooks on Twitter, throughout September

  • My Rat has been released!!

    Overjoyed that the wonderful TSS Publishing has released my short story, Waiting for the Rat, as a beautiful, limited edition chapbook as part of their incredible series.  Huge thanks to TSS for their hard work and enthusiasm, and to Nicholas Royle for kindly providing the cover quote.

  • Neon

    I was also thrilled to recieve Issue 46 of Neon Literary Magazine.  I’ve been a big fan of Neon for a very long time, and it’s wonderful to see my short story, The Girls, featured alongside so much brilliant writing.

  • May You

    Towards the end of last month, I was delighted to recieve my copy of May You, The Walter Swan Prize Anthology,  It features great stories from the 2017-2018 long and shortlists, and also includes my story, ‘Touched’, which made the top six.

    I’m very grateful to the Walter Swan Trust, the publishers,Valley Press, and to the anthology’s supportive editor, SJ Bradley , as well as the judges, Angela Readman and Anna Chilvers who said of my story – “We both really enjoyed the sensual feel of Touched… The relationship between the girls, which involves control, bullying and subtle cruelty, is convincingly drawn.”

  • Sirens Call

    The latest Ezine from The Sirens Call is released today.  Issue #38, ‘Straight Up Horror‘, includes my short story, ‘Your Skin’

  • The Brighton Prize Anthology

    Very happy this week after recieving my copy of The Brighton Prize Anthology 2017, which includes my short story, ‘Winter Break’.  Honoured to be featured among so many great stories.  The book’s now available if you’d like to read them too…