Being Ruthless

You can follow me here each Wednesday through the #clifimadness project which chronicles my research into climate change and how addressing it in fiction, the novel form, may be the answer to reaching a wider audience. I will chronicle my everyday ramblings on twitter and Facebook, please sign up for info there. There are moments…

A Year of Writing: Days 291-300

Day 291 of #ayearofwriting and when I am not writing or on here, I think about my characters and what needs to be done or could be done. I have been concerned at the ending of my Ms Hayashida story, this will be my last story before I move back into climate change fiction, that it simply…

A Year of Writing: Days 141-150

Day 141 of #ayearofwriting an I am under 10,000 words and have the Bridport firmly in my sight. I am cutting and stripping away everything that brings nothing to the story. The myth like quality of Saul’s past is therefore magnified in this process and Alphin and Alder stomp through his dreams. Day 142 of #ayearofwriting and the work…

A Year of Writing: Days 131-140

Day 131 of #ayearofwriting and it is often hard to balance family, work and writing but as a writer you have to be a little selfish, set aside time to write, even if it is in a corner of a wedding reception. Writers like all people have many masks, and we have dilemmas too, more about that…

The North Has Risen and Showered

There is always the cry that the North (not the north because let’s face facts while Southern counties where scratching in the dirt, the North had created the North) ‘will rise!’ The truth is that we have risen, showered, breakfasted and gone to work, some of us in the very industries that used to be…

Coming Soon: Lung Jazz

Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon Press 2012) will be released in May and features my poem In the Mist. It has a foreword by David Lehman and the editors, Todd Swift and Kim Lockwood.

Master Motivator

Great news, a short film that I was involved in is on at the first Screen Stockport Film Festival tonight, more details at http://www.screenstockport.co.uk/shortlist.html

Ghosts of a Low Moon in Waterstones

Whilst passing Waterstones the other day I was surprised to see a copy of my new collection in the window. Yes, it was in the window. I nearly fell over with the shock but as I lie on the couch being fanned with a large palm leaf in the hands of my wife I have…