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
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
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
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…
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
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.
Google Play – GooglePlay
I Tunes – ITunes
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
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.
More soon x