fiction + visual literature + collaboration

New Story: Boat in Shadows, Crossing at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

My novelette ‘Boat in Shadows, Crossing’ appears in the latest issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, home of the finest literary adventure fantasy on the web. Click here to read it!

This is my first professional fiction credit, and I’m thrilled that it’s in such a splendid magazine – one that’s published some of my favourite short story writers including Yoon Ha Lee and Aliette de Bodard, to name just two.

‘Boat in Shadows, Crossing’ is set in my weird fantasy city The Town Where Salt-Plums Grow, a setting which has been mulling and mutating in my dreams since I was 14 or so. It’s a story about love, ghosts, transformation, and a predatory boat. It starts:

Come, let me whisper you a tale of the city where I was born, the Town Where Salt-Plums Grow. A summer tale: dark and succulent, with a bite of chill—the kind we love to tell on warm thick nights…

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Upcoming readings, Winter 2012

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

I have not one but THREE upcoming appearances to announce, yay!

First up is a Penning Perfumes night at the Clerkenwell Tales bookshop in London, on November 28th. If you’re intrigued by the idea of a night in which poetry and scent share the spotlight, please come! I’ll be reading my Narcisse-Noir-flavoured piece, alongside some wonderful poets, and there will be a brand new poetry-inspired perfume to sample. Here’s the poster:

Tickets are just £5 and can be bought here.

AAAAAAAND, to make things a whole lot less London-centric, Penning Perfumes is going on tour in the new year – to Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol. There will be a mix of poets from the original project and new voices in each city – here’s the full schedule and line-up. I’ll be reading in Bristol on February 27th.

I’ll also be reading at Pigeon Poetry: The Winter Gents on December 15th, at the Poetry Café in London. This is a lovely, intimate night run by the cross-genre TREMers Theatre Company – I read at their first poetry night back in June and it was very special, and I can’t think of anything better to do on a cold winter’s night that cosy up in a warmly lit basement and share words.

Come all!

One-Day Fiction Writing Workshop in Bangkok

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

I’m running a one-day fiction writing workshop in Bangkok this Saturday – come along if you’re in town!

It’s at the British Club, starting at 10 a.m., and is for beginners and more experienced writers alike. We’ll be exploring the fiction writing process from inspiration to first draft and beyond, and by the end of the day workshop members will have started developing a new piece of fiction.

Practical stuff: the British Club is at the end of Silom soi 18, and the guard will let you in if you say what you’re there for. Food and drink can be bought throughout the day with coupons available at reception. If you’re planning on coming, please email me!

See you there!