Name Dropping

Forgive me, but I’m about to name drop. And not just once. First up, I have contributed to this book: How To Publish a Kindle Book. There are a load of great writers in there too, including someone I believe is a genius: screenwriter, John August. Pretty cool, I can tell you. You might know John August for […]


There’s not much I can say about what’s been said over at the Ramble Away blog about me and my work. Other than: Thank You Very Much. I am hugely flattered and proud, very happy and only a little embarrassed. Again, thank you. That was a really, really lovely thing to read.

Short Story Recommendation #5

Well, it was inevitable, wasn’t it? I simply had to recommend an Aimee Bender story, mostly, because she’s my favourite short story writer. Ever. (You can read me interviewing her here.) I think it’s safe to say I could recommend any of her stories; they’re all wonderful. Today I’m sticking with an old and firm […]


Rather pleased with what’s been said about Not So Perfect over at Fiction Uncovered… ‘Nik Perring’s ‘Not So Perfect’ published by Roast Books is an addictive combination of simultaneously cuddly and uncomfortable stories which often hint at everyday familiarity and then, suddenly, completely upset that particular apple cart. There is a great warmth and humanity throughout […]

Short Story Day 4

Today I’d like to point you in the direction of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Babycakes’. I’ve not been able to find a version you can read, but you can listen to the master reading it here or, if you’d rather, you can see it as a comic strip here. Babycakes does one of the things I think […]

Another Story

Day number 3 of my short story recommendations is upon us. And what have got in store for you today? Well, it’s an offering from perhaps the best writer of short fiction in the world today, the brilliant, Etgar Keret. I love this story for so many reasons, but mostly, I think, for its echo. […]

Lamb and Lost Books

First off, I’d like to point you all in the direction of the Library of Lost Books – a wonderful idea by publisher, Scott Pack. Go see what it’s all about yourselves, folks. I think you might like like what you find there. *** And, here’s the second in my series of short story recommendations […]

Short Story Week

Well now, isn’t that splendid? This week is National Short Story Week. Yes, splendid indeed. I’m not actually doing any events for it (for a number of reasons, none of which I can be bothered going into on here) – my week will be spent judging the latest batch of entries in the Slinkink Scribbling […]

I Like This Too

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