Freaks! A First Look

I have been waiting a long, long time for this. Today, I can, very proudly announce, that four (yes, FOUR!) of the short stories from Freaks! are in the winter edition of the brilliant The Moth magazine. It’s the first time anything from Freaks! has been made available to the public and it’s also the first […]

Sad News. Be Nice.

I read this, nodding my head, only yesterday. And today, former footballer and Wales manager, Gary Speed died, apparently taking his own life. And it made me sad. Any death’s a tragedy, but there’s something, I think, even sadder when someone goes before their time. I’m pleased to see so many people being so positive and […]

Xmas Offer #1

I’ve been putting together a few little bundles for Christmas, in case you might fancy a little literary prezzie for a loved one, friend, or even yourself. Anyone really. I’m all for spreading the good cheer. So here are the first couple. First, is an editing bundle. In said bundle you’ll get one of my […]

Remembering: Boots Up

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but my time at school studying the poems of the First World War (and the Old Lie) in English, and studying the First World War itself in history, had a huge influence on me being interesting in writing. So today, as well as its obvious connotations, has a strange, […]

Something A Little Bit Magical

There’s something very magical about this, I think. I little bit like looking through time.


While I’m busy writing, teaching, editing, sorting out Christmas Discounts, and all kinds of other stuff, I would like to point you in the direction of Aubrey Hirsch’s latest blog post. If you’re a writer, no matter what stage you’re at, I think you’ll find it interesting.   Right, back to it for me.

Guest Post on Editing

Just a quick one today folks, to point you in the direction of Susan Howe’s blog. Susan was kind enough to ask me to write a guest post for her. It’s about editing, it has tips, and it’s up there now.


Yes, yes, I’ll admit it: I do harbour one or two prejudices. Nothing serious. Nothing shocking. All to do with books and writers. And not in the way you might think. It’s not a genre thing; I’ll happily give pretty much anything a go (have yourselves a look at my Goodreads page, if you like). […]