Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Happy World Book Night!

Tonight's the night that volunteers up and down the country will be giving away hundreds of thousands of books, all to share the love of reading. As well as this book-gifting, the Reading Agency help to organize and promote hundreds of events to celebrate and encourage a love of books and reading.

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the East Midlands' flagship event at Worksop Library tonight, with author Kerry Young. The event is called 'Girls' Night Out', and will feature myself and Kerry reading our work and talking about our favourite writers. I believe there will also be wine. It starts at 7pm and is free! Come along!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Behind a Wardrobe in Atlantis

So, it's real. I have a book! It's a collection of short stories called Behind a Wardrobe in Atlantis, and the beautiful cover was designed by Sam Pash. It's available to buy from Mantle Lane Press right now.

There will be a launch on Saturday 22nd February at the Bean Caffe in Friar Gate Studios, York Street, Derby, from 7pm. All are welcome.

I will be reading stories from the book, and Richard Birkin (Emphemetry/Crash of Rhinos) will be playing his haunting, melodic songs. There will also be fairy lights and cake, and of course, books!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Die Procrastination Die

It's just after midnight on a Friday evening and I've completely fallen back in love with words. How silly I feel for all that procrastination. How angry. I love words! I love putting them together and moving them around and feeling the shape of them in my mouth. I love the rhythm of a piece of writing, and having all those possible words swirling around your head until the right one just edges itself forward, smirking, knowing you're going to keep it. 

It's been a while, but I'm feeling like my mojo is back. Or tonight it is, anyway. Thanks words. You rock. 

Friday, 1 March 2013

Pinch Punch, come to a Book Launch

the things I will be carrying

I'm not sure how it got to be March. But today is March 1st, and that means it's also the day of the East Midlands launch of Overheard:Stories to Read Aloud. It's taking place at De Montfort University, Leicester, and is part of the Cultural Exchanges Festival.

There's a host of writers reading their stories from the book, including Jonathan Taylor, Deborah Tyler-Bennett, Joel Lane, Aimee Wilkinson, Catherine Rogers, Simon Perril, Will Buckingham, Alexandros Plasatis(it's worth your bus fare just to hear this story alone!), Kathleen Bell, Judith Allnatt, Felicity Skelton, and me!

The launch is free to attend, all are welcome, and will be in the Clephan Building from 6pm - 8pm. So, if you fancy a bit of storytelling to kick the weekend off nicely, put on your listening cardigan or your fancy pants and come along.

There are more details about the event here.

See you there!


Here are some things people wrote about the London launch...

I overheard it on the grapevine

Overheard - 8th January, 2013

and here are some videos from the event.

Thursday, 28 February 2013


A few months ago, Red Lightbulbs put out a 24-hour call for submissions for what would be the tenth and final issue. I wrote something with just a few hours left to go, edited it, read over it a few more times, then sent it off on a wing and a prayer. And it got in. (Thanks Russ and Jeannette!) And I'm thrilled to be in such amazing company. This issue is bigger than previous ones, and it's packed with great writers and great writing. You can read it here.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Overheard Launch: stories in a pub!

Hello, and Happy New Year!

Tomorrow is the launch of Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud. It's happening in London Town, at the Betsey Trotwood on Farringdon Road, where lots of stories will be read aloud by the likes of Lee Rourke, Tania Hershman, Vanessa Gebbie, Katy Darby, Kathleen Bell, Claire Baldwin, Aimee Wilkinson, Deborah Tyler-Bennett, Alex Plasatis, Gemma Seltzer, Jo Baker, Kate Pullinger, Denise Hayes, Felicity Skelton, Ailsa Cox, Robert Shearman, and me.

It starts at 7:30pm, and is FREE!

Here's the event link on facebook.

It would be lovely to see you there!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Illuminated IS Everything

A few weeks ago, I was invited to submit something for the final Beat The Dust of 2012. The story I sent was partly inspired by Quad's Illuminated exhibition, which I urge you to go and visit if you're anywhere near this little city in the Midlands. I'm slightly obsessed with this exhibition. I can't quite figure out what it is about it. It might be the dark inside the gallery. And how you can sit on the floor in a corner, or on a cushion in the middle of the floor, and just think about things, undisturbed. Yes. It's a good space for thinking. And it's also been responsible the last three stories I've written, and will probably spark a few more yet.

Intermission, the story I wrote for Beat The Dust, begins in front of the work Brilliant Noise, by Semiconductor, which is a film made from thousands of NASA satellite photos of the sun. The picture above is a still from it.

So, when Quad put a call out for local musicians, poets, dancers and actors to create new work as a response to the exhibition, I knew I had to send in a pitch. I'm no musician or poet, but as some of you may already know, I am a fantastic dancer. So...anyway...I will be reading a story/monologue this very evening, inside RINK, a floor-based projection by David Ward, which includes imagery from astronomy and particle physics. It's my favourite place in Derby right now, apart from my bed. There are bits where you can pretend you're on the moon!

I don't have a title for my story yet, and it's a little bit different to things I've done before, but I am very excited about it. Fellow TTO compadre Biff is also doing some of his music as Emphemetry. I only found out Biff was involved yesterday. Sneaky TTO takeover, YEAH!

It's only a short event, probably no longer than half an hour, and it starts dead on 7pm. And it's free, but spaces are very limited, so you'll need to book a ticket.