It was a huge pleasure to do an interview with Melanie Jones for the Birkbeck Published Alumni Series. I discuss the themes behind The Otherlife and the writing process; the things I found difficult and the things I enjoyed, and how the Birkbeck experience helped me on my way. Interview here – and there’s also… Read more »
I will be in discussion with the wonderful Melinda Salisbury, author of THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER and THE SLEEPING PRINCE, in an event entitled: A TOUCH OF EVIL: GODS, MONSTERS AND THE VALUE OF A LIFE at 2.50pm in Waterstones Uxbridge. More info and tickets * * * YA Shot is an author-run, author-led Young… Read more »
I’ve written a book. It’s a book about Norse myths, and heavy metal, and school. It’s a book about the growing friendship between two boys: one charming, self-centred and ruthless, who has everything he’s ever wanted; the other is silent and secretive and wrapped in visions of a mysterious alternate realm he calls ‘The Otherlife’…. Read more »
I spent three weeks at Cove Park in July and August this year, working on a new book. There is nothing more conducive to concentration than silence, no internet, no phone, the slate-coloured streak of Loch Long visible through the windows of your live/work ‘cube’ and some very tranquil cows… I don’t know when I’ll… Read more »
Thank you to Mark Watkins from Blast 1386 for talking to me – I loved being a part of the show. Whole show on Mixcloud, where he plays Robber Bride and A Long December, and also interviews Fiona Jane Burgess from Woman’s Hour. Interview with me as an mp3 below – we discuss Joni Mitchell, the… Read more »
For years, I had in my head a tiny exchange – a girl, in a film, maybe, or a play, talking to someone, in an American accent, about ‘blue roses’. It would come to me sometimes – on buses, while walking – but I could never remember where I’d heard it first. Even while I was… Read more »
Paul Rez, who produced, engineered and mixed Robber Bride, has made some notes on the process on his Behance page.
Only 100 Arabian leopards remain in the wild. This picture book, with text by me and illustrations by Tania Brett, tells the story of Short-Tail the Arabian Leopard, and is intended to bring the ideas of conservation and habitat to a younger audience. Available on Amazon and in bookshops from the 1st September, published by… Read more »
I have contributed a short story to Mechanics’ Institute Review 11, which features creative writing from the Birkbeck MA programme as well as stories by Hari Kunzru and Alex Preston and an introduction by Julia Bell. The book will be available from the 25th September, on Amazon and in independent bookshops.
Maggie’s Culture Crawl is part 15 mile night walk and part cultural adventure with exclusive access to some of London’s best buildings and culture along the way. Help Maggie’s support people with cancer by gathering together your friends, family and colleagues to sign up and take part. The event has been inspired by the support… Read more »
Fashion designer Natasha Ryzhova Lau is reviving, for a second year running, David Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab’s Free Festival which they put on in August, 1969. The festival will be held in the same venue, Croydon Road Recreation Ground; last year over 1000 people attended and over £7000 was raised in order to… Read more »
When I was about thirteen I read a book by Margaret Atwood – the first of her books that I read – and it was called The Robber Bride. The cover alone was enough to entice me: a two-layered affair, black-on-black, a smoky eye-mask revealing smoky eyes on the front; this could be peeled upwards… Read more »