Broadcasts

Bloody Repeats and .Cent Magazine

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I dunno. You pay your licence fee and all you get is bloody repeats. Still, this is worth 15 minutes of your time: BBC Radio 4 Extra (that’s the digital channel that used to be called BBC Radio 7) are repeating my Opening Lines story “The Amazing Arnolfini and His Wife” tomorrow, Thursday November 29th, […]

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Eleventh Stop on the Blog Tour and a Stonking Review!

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Yesterday I dropped in on Winston Roberts (aka Kenny Norris)’s blog for a chat about story titles. I met Kenny at a workshop I did a while back and the titling of stories was something I briefly covered, and as he says it’s a subject that doesn’t always get much attention. Odd thing, titles, sometimes […]

Interviews

Interview with Mike French

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Today we take a well-earned breather from the “Dot Dash” blog tour and turn our attention to another writer, the excellent Mike French. I first encountered Mike in his role as editor of the splendid literary magazine, The View From Here, where he accepted a short story of mine and then proceeded to invite me […]

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Tenth Stop on the Blog Tour…

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… is at the wonderful Vanessa Gebbie’s blog, where she says some unexpectedly nice things about my writing, including one quote which will almost certainly make it into my publicity materials. I should qualify what I mean by “unexpectedly nice”, because there is never anything unexpected about Vanessa’s niceness – it’s pretty much guaranteed. But for […]

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Ninth Stop on the Blog Tour…

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…is at the delightful Ali Bacon’s Between the Lines. Quite interesting to compare today’s post with the previous interview I had with Ali, back in the wilderness days when I was trying to find a publisher for Mrs Darcy. Occasionally things do work out, you know. Not just for me, either – Ali herself has […]

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Liars’ League Again and More from the Blog Tour

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Last night I went along to Liars’ League to hear my story “The Last Words of Emanuel Prettyjohn” read. I was particularly excited about this because I’d re-written the piece especially for the League so that two actors, one female and one male, could alternate roles and I was desperate to see how this would […]

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Fifth Stop on the Blog Tour…

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… is at the lovely Jo Derrick’s blog, where I blather on about the Scott Prize. Jo is editor of The Yellow Room, and a highly prolific and successful short story writer herself. Tomorrow, I’m signing books in Waterstones in Wells, Somerset, from 11:30 to 2. If you’re anywhere near there, drop in and say hello!

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Fourth Stop on the Blog Tour…

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… is at the amazingly talented Kirsty Logan’s blog, where I talk about the inspiration behind one of the stories in “Dot Dash”, “The Birdman of Farringdon Road”. Funnily enough, the Birdman is one of the stories that Bec Zugor mentions in this wonderfully generous first-ever review of the book. Can’t help feeling it’s all […]

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Third Stop on the Blog Tour…

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… is a return visit to my old mate Oscar Windsor-Smith’s Is That The Time? Lord blog, where he sticks his neck out and suggests that “Dot Dash” might be a sure-fire Christmas present. He’s right, of course. Especially one of those nice signed ones that you can get at the click of a button […]