The Literary World

Where’s the Careers Advisor?

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I got into a minor spat on Facebook recently, after someone posted a link to the BBC Opening Lines submission details, remarking that it was a ‘career-changing’ opportunity. I commented that yes, it was an excellent thing to go in for, but not necessarily career-changing, adding a link to my recent post on that very […]

Acceptances

Two Ravens Press to Publish TAKE IT COOL!

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Excuse me for being a little excited. However. I am quite unbelievably pleased to announce that my odd little musical/biographical/historical/genealogical not-quite-a-memoir thing, TAKE IT COOL, has found a publisher, in the form of the excellent Two Ravens Press. As you may be aware, this has not been an easy process. Large numbers of agents and publishers […]

Family

Special Relativity

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… is now live in the very latest edition of Eclectica. Make of it what you will 🙂 In other news, the fight against the BBC short story cuts continues. The indefatigable Susie Maguire has written an eloquent piece here, whilst the Society of Authors have also vowed to keep the pressure on. If you […]

Acceptances

Eclectica Magazine

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… have just accepted my flash “Special Relativity”, an odd little piece about sibling rivalry, Einstein and the lies we tell our kids. It will be published in their next edition, which should be appearing very soon. I’ll let you know when it does. In other news, the outrage about the BBC’s decision to cut […]

Rants

Read This and Act Now

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Apologies for the peremptory nature of the post title, but quick action is required here. It emerged today (although the press release announcing it is dated a week and a bit ago) that the BBC (who had the stupendous good taste to broadcast my story “The Amazing Arnolfini and His Wife” last year) are reducing the […]

Anthologies

Good Timin’

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In the immortal words of Jimmy Jones, you need good timin’. When I sent my entry in for the Scott Prize to Salt Publishing at the beginning of last October, I had no idea whatsoever that Salt were about to launch Proxima Books and even less idea that barely a month later I would be […]

Anthologies

It’s Launch Season

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We  thought it was about time we officially launched our very wonderful VWC anthology, The Archangel and the White Hart (remember, that’s the one that I edited and has been featured twice on Scott Pack’s spiffy Me and My Short Stories blog). So this Thursday, July 7th, at 7PM, if you’re in the vicinity of Waterstone’s in […]

Acceptances

Ramblings…

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For no particular reason, the day job has gone a bit bonkers at the moment, which means that most of the carefully crafted posts that I had planned have been elbowed out in favour of this general ramble about stuff. First of all, I really had planned to say something about the splendid “Get Writing” […]