CreativeMornings is a monthly event that tales place in cities all over the world. Creative folk get up early and gather at a lovely venue to drink coffee, eat too much pastry and hear a talk by someone marvellous. CreativeMornings comes to Sheffield Sheffield, my home city, now has its own CreativeMornings. Set up by […]
One of the questions I’ve been asked most frequently by writers in the last couple of years is: ‘Do I need a literary agent?’ It seems to me that the answer depends entirely on the type of writer you are and, more importantly, how you want your work to be published.
I recorded my first vlog of 2014 (I know, it’s October) to talk about the recent comments from Horace Engdahl, who is part of the panel that decide who gets the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Did you see the Booker shortlist that was announced this week? Jim Crace’s Harvest has been hotly tipped to win since it was included in the longlist earlier this year. I decided to read it so that I was a) ahead of the game, and b) well, so that I know what all the fuss […]
Last month, I invented a new game called On My Shelf, where you the audience pick a shelf and book number at random, I then find that book on my shelf, then I talk about it to camera, then I post the results to YouTube. Seriously, it’s much better than it sounds and round two […]
Last week, the excellent news and features site, Publishing Perspectives, posted two articles about video and publishing, with a specific focus on YouTube. Though very much well-intentioned, I thought that both pieces were good examples of what’s wrong with the industry.
If you’ve been following my online bits and pieces for some time, you’ll know that I’ve used various platforms and generally shifted shape every now and again. But the focus has pretty much always been on writing advice for writers. Since being published, I feel like something has changed, primarily because my audience has evolved. […]
Last Friday, I invented a brilliant but also completely rubbish new game called On My Shelf. Basically, you give me two numbers and I’ll match them up to the corresponding book on my shelves at home. And then I’ll tell you all about them on YouTube. You can watch the first video now. Feel free […]
As I get ready to read from A is for Angelica this weekend at the Wilderness Festival, I thought I’d share my top five tips for reading your writing in public. It can be a daunting business, but once you’ve done it, you’ll gain lots of confidence and immediately want to do it again.
12 months ago today, A is for Angelica, my debut novel, the one I poured my heart and soul into for several years, was published by Legend Press. In this video, I reflect on what’s been a unique, extremely challenging, and ultimately wonderful year in my life.