Bitchin’ haiku

Bitchin’ haiku My twitter link appears up there somewhere on the left (I think), but I figured I’d mention that I co-run another twitter account called Bitch Haiku. It kinda does what it says on the tin. We write bitchy haiku (syllables of 5, 7, 5) and tweet it. Other people send us their haiku, and […]

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Stoner by John Williams

Several weeks ago people began to come into the bookshop and ask for Stoner. We got so many requests we kept it by the counter within easy reach. Initially I figured the title referred to some marijuana puffing dude, a paean to slackerdom, but I was entirely wrong. Stoner is a novel originally published in 1965, recently reissued […]

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Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma – Kerry Hudson

One of my fave novels of 2012 was Kerry Hudson’s stonking debut – Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma. It’s a great read with characters that fizz off the page and sear themselves into the reader’s mind. Opening with the words “”Get out you cunting, shitting, little fucking fucker!”” we immediately […]

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Failure

I entered the Mslexia short story competition this year. My favourite writer, Janice Galloway, was the judge, so it was a must. It’s an excellent competition in an excellent magazine. I sent what I consider finished, polished, strong work, and got nowhere. Ah well, that’s the way it goes. I put a flippant post up […]

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FRiGG Twitter issue

The latest edition of FRiGG is a Twitter issue or, more accurately #TheTwitterIssue. A  collection of my rearranged tweets – “Life is Time Consuming” – can be read HERE alongside shiny tweeters Roxane Gay, Crispin Best, Erin Fitzgerald, Ravi Mangla, Scott Garson, Katrina Gray, Rusty McGee, Brad Green, xTx, Jules Archer, Danielle DuBois, Kima Jones, John […]

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Erm…

Can we all pretend I never said I was trying to write a novel? Let’s never speak of it again.

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Kerry Hudson – woot woot! Tony Hogan Bought me an Ice Cream Float before he Stole my Ma – Blog Tour

I am so chuffed to be part of Kerry Hudson’s blog tour. Her debut novel “Tony Hogan Bought me an Ice Cream Float before he Stole my Ma” was published this week and it’s an absolute cracker. Her characters fizz off the page and sear themselves in your mind. Her use of language is a […]

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Short story goodness

Today is International Short Story Day. (It does sometimes feel as if there’s always a short story day of some description taking place.) There is a list of events and stories up here. It seems like the perfect time to draw your attention to a wonderful story which was recently announced winner of the Commonwealth […]

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