Very excited…

About new workshops and courses coming up over the summer (hopefully, it will have stopped raining by then too)

I’ll be at the brilliant States of Independence on June 8th in Leicester. It’s always a wonderful day, with tons of great talks for readers and writers and an amazing indie book fair (thank you tons, Dahlia Books and De Montfort University). As well as running a stall alongside fabulous author, Giselle Leeb, I’ll be leading a workshop on finding stories in lost things. If you’re coming along, please drop by to say hello.

Then, in July, I’m thrilled to be part of Dark Summer, an online Horror Writing School, organised by the kind and unstoppable Alex Davies. There’s a lot of great stuff on offer here, and I’ll be exploring Haunted Places on July 16th.

And in August, I have a series of intensive creative short courses at Nottingham Trent University. Start Writing Your Novel 21st – 23rd August, Thrills and Chills: Writing Crime, Suspense and Horror 27th – 28th August.  and Short Story Success 29th – 30th August.

Phew!

In the meantime, I’m just about to be off for a fantastic week of friendship and writing at marvellous Moniack Mhor and I’ve just finished going through the edits for my next novel – due out from Bloodhound Books in September. Feeling incredibly lucky! X

UK Ghost Story Festival 2024

Just a couple of days until this year’s Ghost Story Festival arrives at the Museum of Making in Derby. The Festival offers three packed days of author interviews and spooky panels, and I’m very excited to be running two workshops on Saturday 17th February. Creating Unsettled and Unsettled Characters kicks off the morning at 10.30am and a workshop playing with Urban Myths begins at 3.30 in the afternoon. There are only a couple of spaces left but it would be great to see you there!

Halloween Writing

Due to a cancellation, a space has become available on our  previously sold out taught retreat, Writing Into the Dark. Taking place in the run-up to Halloween (October 23rd – 28th), among the woods surrounding the Bridge of Dee, there will be urban legends, spooky settings, monsters – and an apocalypse. How can you resist?

To book your place or for more information, please visit Write South West Scotland  or email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Dark Lane Anthology: Volume 13

Thrilled to have another short story out this summer. Joining my Daughters of the Corn in Outsider #2, is Rapacious, published in the latest Dark Lane Anthology (#13!)

Rapacious is a horror story about ruthless writers and slippery agents, and I’m so pleased it’s found a home among  so many weird and wonderful writers, including the great Charles Wilkinson. I’d like to offer a big thank you to Dark Lane’s editor, Tim Jeffreys

Outsider!!!

Incredibly excited about the imminent release of Outsider, Volume 2. Featuring personal essays and short stories responding to the work of Stephen King, including my story, Daughters of the Corn, all  proceeds after print costs go to Out on the Page, championing LGBTQ+ writers. It’ll be shipping in August, but pre-orders are available now – and just look at that spectacular cover!

The UK Ghost Story Festival

Only a few days until the UK Ghost Story Festival kicks off at the Museum of Making in Derby! I’m very excited about attending a long weekend of spooky author events and panels, and delighted to be taking part too, offering a writing workshop, Tapping into Your Ghosts, on Friday, February 17th.

In the run up to the Festival, the good folk at The Horror Tree took the time to interview me, and I had a lot of fun chatting about zombies, snakes and cheese on toast. I’m very grateful to Willow Croft for the great questions and to Alex Davis for doing such a wonderful job bringing the Festival together.