‘Waiting For The Runners’ in Best British Short Stories 2018

img_3903.jpgIt’s not every day the novelist and SALT Publishing editor Nicholas Royle tweets that he’s enjoyed your story, even better when he sends a message later that day to say he’d like to include it in this year’s SALT anthology, Best British Short Stories 2018! That was some months ago, and yesterday this beautiful volume arrived. Continue reading “‘Waiting For The Runners’ in Best British Short Stories 2018”

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Starting out: tips for new writing friends

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So long since I wrote on this, I think a few moths flew out when I opened the page! Moved house and life took over, sorry.

Happy New Year. I hope 2018 has started happily and constructively for you. I’m doing ‘Dry Fortnight’ (I’m a realist), so mine has been marked by persistent grumpiness and a nagging craving for Waitrose’s Spanish Red. Continue reading “Starting out: tips for new writing friends”

The Figures Slumbering

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A few weeks back, I was thrilled to hear that my novel The Figures Slumbering – the love story of two artists – had been shortlisted for this year’s Impress Prize (the Impress Books award, “created to discover and publish new writing talent in fiction and non-fiction”). The competition winner, whose book will go on to be published by Impress Books, will be decided by a panel of judges on 28th September. Meanwhile, book bloggers including the literary fiction blog Book & Brew have been interviewing the shortlisted writers. You can read all about The Figures Slumbering, some writing tips I’ve found valuable in my writing journey so far, and an unfortunate anecdote about a canal, a bike and a dead piglet, in their interview here!