I picked up on this excellent FT article via James Burt’s always entertaining blog. As it happens, I’ve been commuting into London a lot more than usual lately, and the way that the bloody free papers seem to have taken over the world astonishes me. I find it absolutely extraordinary that people who are prepared […]
… or lose my place, although according to Mrs P I didn’t quite have the microphone at the right height, so parts of the story were a little hard to pick up. I’d add a picture, if it weren’t for the fact that I look even more unprepossessing than usual, so that delight will be […]
There’s a piece of mine up at Every Day Fiction today, called “Opening the Box”. I wrote this one in response to a challenge to write a piece from an animal’s point of view. I was about to say that this isn’t the kind of thing I do at all, but it’s just occurred to […]
I’m really really chuffed about this one. After several failed attempts (mainly with completely inappropriate pieces – duh), I have finally made it into Tales of the Decongested with “Farewell Symphony”, the piece that I wrote for Round One of the Whittaker Prize. So if anyone wants to hear me read it, the place is […]
The list of poems selected for the anthology following on from this competition, run by The Write Idea, has now been announced, and rather unexpectedly my piece “This is How We Deal with Illegal Aliens in Alaska” is among them. I’m rather pleased about this, because there are several proper poets (the kind who have […]
Last night I dragged the wife and kids along to The Old Red Lion Theatre Pub in Islington to see Obstacle Productions’ performance of “What Stirs the Spring” and we all had a terrific time. The intimate venue was almost full and we were treated to an exceptionally polished performance by Miles Barden and Joshua […]
Or “When Collaborative Fiction Goes Bad”. So let’s imagine that you’ve written a piece as part of a collaborative fiction venture, and you’ve created a character that you like and that you want to develop further. In fact, you’ve already written more about him, and you feel that you have something really interesting emerging here. […]
Litro 84 has now gone online, which means that “The Birdman of Farringdon Road” is now available to view here for those of you who don’t happen to visit London on a regular basis.
My first piece for Every Day Fiction‘s blog, Flash Fiction Chronicles, has just been posted here. It’s a blow-by-blow account of how one particular story came into being. It’s all true, too.
Good lord. I was just checking my site stats when I noticed that the number of visitors to this site has soared over the last couple of days. Looking into it further, it appears that someone on StumbleUpon has recommended it (although I can’t find the actual post). Well, all I can say is many […]