Spring Events

I’ll be doing the first ever Skype appearance at The Retford Bookshop’s monthly Bookchat on 19th February at 2.30. The bookshop, Bookworm, runs a Bookchat in store each month, and for the first time I will be joining in via Skype.

I’ll also be joining Bookworm at The Clumber Hotel in May for a literary lunch, tickets will include a two course meal and lots of book talk, but more about that nearer the time :-)

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Festivals!

I’ll be at The Eastwood and Expo Book Bonanza on 21st September, 11.00 till 5.00. This is the first event to be held in support of Eastwood, the birthplace of D H Lawrence, as a book town. The event will be held at Beauvale Priory, near Nottingham. More info at

https://www.facebook.com/events/188556227978011/

I’ll also be at The Ryedale Book Fair again this year. This is Ryedale’s second year at The Milton Rooms, Malton, North Yorkshire. It was a great event last year so I’m looking forward to doing it all again this year. The event will take place on 19th October, 9.00 till 3.00. More info at

https://www.facebook.com/events/572430616154565/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

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Photos of Finkle Streets wanted!

There are Finkle Streets all over the north of England. Finkle is a Viking word for elbow or bend, and each Finkle Street should be shaped like an elbow. I have photos of the street signs in Kendal, York and Malton, but there are loads more. So, if you find yourself on a Finkle Street, snap it, send it to me over the summer and win stuff…. Stuff like this below…

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Spring News

Just a couple of new things confirmed at the moment.

My short story, The Handprint Child, will be published in the Spring edition of The Binnacle, which should be out by the end of the month. The Binnacle is The University of Maine at Machias’s Literary & Arts Journal, published twice a year, available as a print copy from The University, or Kindle edition from Amazon.

Also, I’ll be at The Eastwood Booktown Book Bonanza, being held at Beauvale Priory near Nottingham this year. It’s not until 21st September, so I’ll have more to say about that nearer the time, but it looks like a fantastic location and I’m really looking forward to being there.

More soon x

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World Book Night 2013

 

Had a great day at the World Book Night events,

talked a lot, gave away some books and met some

lovely people.

 

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World Book Night

I’ll be taking part in a World Book Night event, 2.00pm at Sharrow Community Forum, South View Road, Sheffield, S7 1DB, reading from Finkle Street and handing out free books.

Earlier in the day I’ll be interviewed on Radio Sheffield about the event. :-)

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Audio Short Stories

Very pleased to announce that 2 of my short stories are available as MP3 downloads on Amazon, Google Play and I Tunes. These two short stories, From Behind Glass and Number 1 Hilltop, have previously been prize winners in The Pages Competition, The West Coast Eisteddfod Competition and published in The Binnacle. They are now both available as downloads, narrated by Tracey Coleman and recorded by Tom Chester at Blank Tape Studios.

Amazon -Amazon

Google Play – GooglePlay

I Tunes – ITunes

 

 

www.blanktapestudios.co.uk

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The Next Big Thing

Rose Auslander tagged me in The Next Big Thing, an ongoing network of interviews in which each writer with a book coming out tags another set of writers, so that we might all know what everyone’s up to lately. This is mine –

What is the working title of the book?

The Dreamers

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Part of it came from a dream I had, part of it from a weird little story I heard about someone…

What genre does your book fall under?

Fiction

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Matthew Rhys, Kevin McKidd and Samantha Morton

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Two men, one woman, desire, confusion, jealousy – disastrous outcome…plus it’s set in London and Blackpool, so very chic. But really, it’s about dreams and real lives intertwined and how the one affects the other. That’s two sentences – sorry.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

About three months. It started as two separate stories and then became one.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Driving in London, an ex boyfriend, my own dreams, and a weird true story I heard about someone.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s my first Chapbook and will be Folded Word’s first ever single story Chapbook

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The Chapbook will be published by Folded Word.

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And Finally, For 2012, Bradford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dare I say, the best branch of Waterstones I’ve been in yet… Totally amazing shop, located in the old wool exchange, lovely staff (as always) and lots of lovely, chatty people buying Finkle Street for Christmas presents. The highlight, though, was the young girl who came up to talk to me because she wants to be a writer too. I forgot to tell her to stick at it and not give up, so if you’re reading this, whatever you do don’t give up :-) You made my day x

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Prizes and Signings

It’s been a busy time lately, but there are just one or two things to update on –

I was honoured in The Binnacle Ultra Shorts again this year, this time for ‘Scars’. My short ‘Driving Barefoot’ came third in The West Coast Eisteddfod Competition, and ‘Because of Facebook’ was runner up in The Sefton Arts Prize :)

The Harrogate signing was great, and such a lovely shop, not to mention the people who came in, lovely lovely people :) Thank you to the staff and everyone I met that day.

The Bradford signing has been moved to the 12th December, which is a Wednesday. Looking forward to this, as I’ve heard this branch of Waterstones is in a stunning location.

https://www.facebook.com/events/397040937032821/

More soon x

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