And here’s something a little different. Those who know me well will know how music is important to me. They’ll also know that, before this writing career I’ve managed to get myself, the Big Plan was to be a musician. I wanted to be a rock n roller, it’s true. And I can still be […]


I am delighted to be able to tell you all that my story, Carmine’s Fruit, won the Artificium short story competition. You’ll be able to read it very soon. And it’s something that makes me very happy – not only that someone’s liked my story, but also because it’s only the third (I think) competition […]


Just a quick one today because I am busy and there are many things that need to be done before I install myself in Ecclesall Library for a few days to work with some young writers there. Very pleased to hear that the event sold out a couple of weeks ago. I’m looking forward to […]

And So It Begins. The First Review is Here

So, the first review of A Book of Beautiful Trees is in. I’ve said it many times before, I know, but there’s something unique about having a brand new book out. There’s the obvious excitement and pride. That’s normal. And there’s a real joy in knowing that people will read it. But – and I […]

Let’s Get Digital, Digital

It’s a great pleasure to welcome Samantha Tonge to the blog. I’ll be honest, it’s absolutely beyond me why she’s not been here before (but maybe that’s had a lot to do with her ridiculously prolific publishing schedule or the fact that I have been pretty busy myself). But she is here and that’s all […]

Me at the BBC

I was lucky enough to be asked to run a series of writing workshops at the BBC recently. I went to their studios in Birmingham a few weeks ago and to Media City in Manchester the week before last and I had a really wonderful time. The workshops went really well, and were really well received, and […]


Just a reminder that this Saturday I’ll be doing this with Marina Lewycka and Virgina Macgregor (we start at 3pm). I’d love to see you there. It’s All A Fiction – Readers’ Afternoon £7.00 /£5.00 (Cons)  Disabled access 17 OCT SATURDAY Starts at 1:30PM Ends at 4:30PM Quaker Meeting House 10 St James Street S1 2EW  An […]

Pre-Order Beautiful Trees

A Book of Beautiful Trees is now available for pre-order. Here’s the blurb as, somehow, it’s not showing up over at Amazon Combining brevity with an overarching narrative, Nik Perring’s unusual storytelling is touching and captivating. His Beautiful series follow the lives of Lucy, Lily, and Alexander through words, trees and shapes. In the second […]

Bollington Books

So, there is so, so much I probably should be sharing at the moment but time is at a premium and it would be an absolute whopper of a post. I honestly don’t think I’ve been busier than this in a long while (and that’s considering I’m usually pretty busy). Over the last couple of […]

Update and Other People’s Books

Quick update on my Off The Shelf appearance (as mentioned here): I’m on a panel with Marina Lewycka and Virginia Macgregor and we will start at 3pm (The Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield) on October 17th. (Full details here.)   *   And other people’s books. Yes. It’s not just about me on here, you know. Well, not all the […]