L. Schick Interview

A couple of weeks ago I read (as mentioned here) and loved Lizard by L Schick.I contacted her immediately to see if she’d like to be interviewed here and I was thrilled that she said yes. And I’m even more thrilled to be able to show you all what she had to say… Welcome to […]

Another Addition To The Incredibles

Dear Everybody, by Michael Kimball is definitely up there in my all time favourites list. It is incredibly good. Wow. Read it. *** And if you should so desire, you can read what Mr Kimball had to say to the excellent Kay Sexton here.

A Great Little Read

I decided to read Lizard, by L. Schick (her debut) after reading what Scott Pack and Caroline Smailes had to say about it, (especially about it apparently winking towards Kafka) and I’m glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In short, it’s about a young girl, Eliza Young, who discovers one day that her leg has developed scales, yes, […]

I’m Going To See All Your City Lights

It would have been Joe Strummer’s birthday today. I once shook his hand, you know.

Not Funny Ha Ha

It’s been a funny few days, and not the sort of funny that makes a person laugh. A couple of, shall we say, crappy things have happened which, though they’ve been utterly non-writing related, have knocked me sideways to a point where precious little writing has been done. And that’s frustrated me because I’ve wanted […]

Tim Atkinson Virtual Tour

It’s my turn, and pleasure, to be the host of today’s leg of Tim Atkinson’s virtual tour. So, Writing Therapy, who’s it for and what’s it about? Writing Therapy explores the use of language and the way it helps to shape both memory and experience. There’s something in it for almost everyone – authors, teenagers, […]


Thanks to Cally for putting me on to these peeps. Love this song. If I wasn’t made of sterner stuff I reckon the words could just break my heart. Lucky I’m a tough old fella, isn’t it?

You Know When Something’s Obviously Wrong

… when someone makes a film about it and it doesn’t need explanation. (I didn’t even need to say that, did I?) (Thanks to MeandmyBigMouth for bringing it to my attention.) *** I’ve done pretty much nothing today, and it’s felt good.

Links to Things I Agree With

The ever lovely and clever Caroline Smailes talking about Twitter here. The also lovely and talented Annie Clarkson talking about Waterstone’s and short fiction here. And the also, also lovely and talented Sara Crowley, taking about Olive Kitteridge here. (I think this is my favourite because she says I’m right.) *** And did anyone else […]

Me, reading

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=6087742&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 Nik Perring, reading from Nik Perring on Vimeo. I met Paul and Claire last night (they are a seriously good team) to have a look at and edit (or watch them edit) the video Claire shot of the launch night of the photo book back in May. Thank you both, very much. And here’s […]