CreativeMornings Sheffield

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 […]

Do you need a literary agent?

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.

Harvest by Jim Crace | Book review

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 […]

Publishing industry, meet YouTube

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.

Now that I’m published, what am I for?

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. […]

On My Shelf – Sillitoe, Hinds, Ronson

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 […]

How to read your writing in public

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.

One year of being a published author

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.