Tomorrow I Will Be in Congleton

It’s World Book Day tomorrow and I’ll be appearing, as part of a panel, at Congleton library at 7pm. Do pop along and say hello if you’re in the area. This from their website: ‘On Thursday 1st March at 7.00-9.00pm, we will be holding a readers and writers forum. Local authors including Nik Perring, Elizabeth […]

Dust. And Sarah Salway

Sarah Salway, long time friend to the blog and top writer, has a new poetry collection out. It’s called YOU DO NOT NEED ANOTHER SELF-HELP BOOK and it’s out now. Philip Gross says of it: ‘Subtly angled glimpses of love, sex, marriage, which reveal them as they really are: matters of life and death. There’s a quiet […]

The Lazarus Curse, Released!

Today sees the release of Freaks’ illustrator, Darren Craske’s third novel in his Cornelius Quaint series. And I’m thrilled to have the man of many talents here, today, to talk a little about it, and to announce something a little exciting, AND to launch a competition. So, without further ado –  happy publication day, and […]

How Many Reasons Do You Need!

Utterly thrilled to be able to point you in the direction of THIS PIECE in The Independent today, on my good friend, co-author of Freaks!, and tremendous writer Caroline Smailes’ new book. It’s SUCH a cool idea. It’s been written for eReaders only and gives the reader the chance to pick what sort of ending […]

Kafka Never Had an iPhone

A little while ago I was asked if I’d contribute to the brilliant Thresholds International Short Story Forum (based at the University of Chichester), so I did. I wrote a piece on how short stories and flash fiction and the like should not be easy to write. And they shouldn’t be. Short fiction isn’t some […]


I wish I’d seen this video, on the ever brilliant, Sam Sattler’s blog, yesterday. Then I would have popped it on here to mark the celebration of a rather special man’s 200th birthday. But I didn’t. So here it is now. Better late than never. ** And, while I’m always a little reserved about linking […]

Couple Of Links

Had my internet not been dodgy this past few days, I would have posted another video of me reading a story from Not So Perfect. I actually recorded some of the stories last week (Shark Boy, In My Head I’m Venus, and The Mechanical Woman) with the intention of popping them here for National Storytelling […]