A really long blog post about fiction, autobiography, cultural tourism and such like

I’m still chewing this over so blogging about it may be premature. The other night I mentioned to writing pals that I can’t help but write from my life. That’s usual I think, although people bury themselves in their words to a greater or lesser extent, so sometimes it is obviously a fictionalised account of... Continue Reading →

This sucks…

Remember the anti-plagiarism day? Remember the whole ghastly "one writer in a workshop stole from another writer" thing? Ugh. It's uncomfortable. I want to look away. I want to look. I don't want to be involved, and yet as writers we are all involved really. It's our duty to speak out. Isn't it? Anyway, seems... Continue Reading →

Selling short story collections

I have a small piece up at Jane Smith's interesting "How publishing really works" blog. It is part of a trio regarding Tania Hershman's publication of her debut collection The White Road and Other Stories.

Excitement! Orange!

The shortlist for the Orange Award for New Writers was announced today, and with it the old debate starts up amongst some as to whether or not a women only prize is needed/relevant/okay.I sometimes feel like saying, well, yes, it is indeed needed, because the whole world seems to still take men more seriously than... Continue Reading →

Two real reviews, and one fake!

Two reviews of mine have just gone live at Pulp Net. Kuzhali Manickavel and Tania Hershman have written very different debut story collections, but I can whole heartedly recommend both, and its not often I can say that!I contributed a fake review to Jenn Ashworth's collaboration with Tolu Ogunlesi. You can read the whole online... Continue Reading →

Whooo hoooo Tania Hershman!

Today see's the publication of "The White Road and Other Stories" by Tania Hershman. I haven't had the pleasure of reading it yet, but I have read quite a few of her stories before, so feel confident in recommending you check them out.Tania's website is here, and she has set up one for the book... Continue Reading →

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