Trickster Tales

As part of an exciting new research project, I’ll be attending two events about the place of the literary trickster in contemporary writing over the next few days. The first is in the Tobacco Theatre, Bristol, on Monday 21st May at 7.30pm – details are here:
The second is an open workshop to discuss the idea of and responses to the Trickster. This will be in Bristol too, on Tuesday 22nd May from 10am – 3pm – details are here:
I hope to see you there!


National Flash Fiction Day – May 16th 2012

May 16th 2012 is a very special day, and you might not yet know why. If you don’t know, I’ll tell you: it’s because it is the first ever National Flash Fiction Day. (Sorry if you did know.) To celebrate, there will be a whole host of events taking place during the day and evening. I’m taking part in an event that will take in readings, chat and questions at Southampton library from 6.30pm. It’s free to get in and will feature readings from flash fictioneers such as Calum Kerr, Vanessa Gebbie and others. Do come along and support the first ever flash fiction day. More details are here, including details of other events all over the UK:

Pathways to Getting Published

This Thursday, I’ll be a guest at ‘Pathways to Getting Published’ at Gosport Discovery Centre, along with literary agent Adrian Weston. We’ll be discussing how to get published and there will be a chance to hear from the audience about their journeys into print or online publication. This event is chaired by Hampshire’s Literature Development Officer Angela Hicken.

It’ll start at 7.30pm, and the tickets cost £3 (concessions £2). Booking is essential; please call to book: 023 9252 3463.

New Narratives

If you’re interested in new forms of writing, turning fiction into film, or how writers are reinterpreting literary modes, you may be interested in attending the Academi New Narratives conference. It’s over the weekend of 27th-28th February in the Gellifawr Hotel, Gwaun Valley, Pembrokeshire.  I’ll be on a panel with Kathryn Gray and Deborah Kay Davies discussing the short story and microfiction. Booking details, the conference timetable and other information can all be found here

I’ll also be doing more readings over the next few months, so keep checking back for more information.

On Tour

I have been up and down Wales promoting The Schoolboy over the last few weeks. The last venue was Bangor, and I’d like to thank everyone who made the effort to attend on such a blustery, rainy evening.

But I will also be bringing The Schoolboy to London. The last leg of my 2009 ‘tour’ will be on Saturday, 5th December at Clapham library, from 7pm. There will be refreshments available (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and it’s free to get in. Here’s a map to help you find it. The address is 1 Northside, Clapham Common SW4 0QW. The nearest tube station is Clapham Common. See you there, I hope!

Report from Hay

I got back from Hay about a week ago, but it’s taken me this long to put anything up, so apologies for that. Hay was amazing, in the true and proper sense of the word. It was odd, and somehow rather wondrous to be treated like a VIP, if only for one day. Me, Kate, Mike and the Cinnamon team were assigned a PA/guide who was lovely and looked after us, escorting us to the stage and then on to sign books in the main tent. I think the reading was OK – the venue wasn’t full, which was disappointing, but there was a great crowd and there were laughs and gasps. That was great for me, because at my launch I couldn’t really hear the audience’s reaction. I also had lots of interesting questions posed at the reading, and I loved being able to discuss my work with the audience. I then went for a massive celebratory lunch of steak (steak! I know!) and felt thoroughly sick on the way home.

Oh, and note to self: don’t wear a rara dress in the wind.

I will put up pictures from Hay as soon as I have them. Unfortunately I put a bit of a ban on any flash pictures as the venue was so dark it was distracting (as it was, I could barely see to read!), so some are quite blurry.

Thanks to all who came for such a marvellous day!

News from the other side of the launch


Firstly, I’m really sorry to those of you who read this blog avidly (you may be few, but you mean a lot to me). The site has been down for the past week or so, no thanks to my evil ex-webhost. We are no longer on speaking terms and it was a bad break-up. But it’s good to be back online.

So anyway, the launch! I think it went quite well – I was thrilled with the amount of people who turned up, and the good reaction to the book. It was pretty weird sitting up on stage and signing copies of my book. I was doubly pleased as my publisher announced that she is also taking on my novella, which is due out next year. Obviously, I have been doing one-handed cartwheels across the living room ever since. I do have some more launch photos which I will put up very soon, so keep them peeled.

Hay tickets are now available from and it’d be lovely to see you there. Tickets are a mini £5 so please come and support Dinner Time, as well as Kate North and Mike Jenkins’ novel and novella respectively.