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Our Book Reviews and Other Stuff

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The lovely Maryom over at Our Book Reviews has given a definite thumbs up to TAKE IT COOL. This is what she says in her 4* review: Having read Jonathan Pinnock’s fiction, I expected him to turn what could be a plodding piece of research into something interesting and fun – and he did!  The different threads […]

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Another TAKE IT COOL Interview and Other Stuff

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I’m still awaiting that all-important third print review for TAKE IT COOL, but in the meantime, the excellent Gordon Darroch has furnished me with a physical copy of that splendid Herald review and a scan of it now graces the Review page. Gordon is an exceptionally fine writer going through a terrible time at the […]

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Edge Hill Longlist and Short Stories Aloud

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Last Tuesday (oh God, is it THAT long since I last posted?) was a triple-good day. First of all, I found out that the workshop I mentioned here is now fully booked. Yay! Then I found out that Dot Dash is on the longlist for this year’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Double yay! Although I […]

Dot Dash

Short Stories Aloud and Other Stuff

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Just realised it’s about time I made a bit of a noise about this upcoming thing. Short Stories Aloud is a regular event held at the Old Fire Station in Oxford (what is it about Firestations and Arts Centres, by the way? Just wondering…). It’s a bit like Liars’ League, in that the short stories are […]

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Luton Workshop

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Just realised, what with catching up on reviews and stuff, I haven’t mentioned my forthcoming workshop in Luton on “unleashing your inner storyteller”. Now I guess there are those who might think that such a thing as an “inner storyteller” should not only remain well and truly on the leash, but should be muzzled at […]

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vvb’s Pemberley Ball

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The first ever blog to spot the serialisation of Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens was a place called vvb32 reads (I’m sure the vvb used to stand for “Velvet Verbosity”, but that doesn’t seem to be evident now, so I may be wrong here). When I say it was the first blog, she mentioned it […]

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Firestation Book Swap – The View From The Sofa

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The first thing to say is that unless you’ve been to one of these events, this post won’t make a lot of sense without reference to this one. So go and take a look at that and come back when you’ve finished. There may be a short test… …although on this occasion I’m going to […]

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University of Hertfordshire Creative Writing Awards

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After the Scott Prize results were announced, I thought it might be nice to get in touch with a few people who encouraged me along the way. Pretty much the first stop on the journey was the University of Hertfordshire, because winning third prize in their creative writing award in 2007 was THE critical event […]