Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Killing… of Daniel

Sarah Dobbs reading from ‘Killing Daniel’. Below: Sarah, Debz and I.

I had a lovely time reading at the launch for Sarah Dobbs’ novel ‘Killing Daniel’ in Salford earlier this month. I read from my story ‘The Monolith’ which features in Unthology 3 (a collection of stories from Unthank Books which also features a piece by Sarah). Fellow Unthologist Debz Hobbs-Wyatt also read her story ‘The Theory of Circles’. Sarah then read a selection of excerpts from her book – a literary thriller – and kept the audience enchanted throughout. (You can read more about the launch at Sarah’s blog here and Debz’s blog here.) I wish Sarah the best of luck with the novel – go buy a copy and treat yourself to a cracking read.
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Salford reading

Sarah Dobbs has invited me along to read at the launch event for her book ‘Killing Daniel’ tonight (Thursday, December 13th) in Salford. Before Sarah reads from her novel, I will be reading from my story ‘The Monolith’, which features in Unthank Books latest anthology Unthology 3 (Sarah also has a story in the collection). Another Unthologist will also be reading at the event – Debz Hobbs-Wyatt with her story ‘A Theory of Circles’. So do come along. The event takes place at the King’s Arms, Salford, from 7.30pm. It would be lovely to see you there.

On Kindle

The intro to the TLS review

My short story collection has been out for a year now – and, yes, it’s flown by. It’s been an interesting year. I’ve taken part in readings at literary festivals, been reviewed in the TLS (see right) and a number of other places, answered interview questions and tried to work on new writing (see my Next Big Thing answers below). And considering the anniversary, it’s rather apt that my book is now available on Kindle (see Salt’s special Christmas offer here for my collection and five other Scott Prize-winning books). So, if you haven’t got hold of a copy – I understand it’s being reprinted at the moment so physical stocks may be difficult to find – and you have a Kindle then you can download it now. Thanks to all those who’ve bought, read, reviewed and/or spoken to me about my book over the past 12 months – it’s really nice to know you have, in the main, enjoyed it. Here’s to whatever the next year brings!

Next big thing

I’ve been tagged by Elizabeth Baines in a blog meme called The Next Big Thing. Read Elizabeth’s post on this over at her excellent blog. I have to confess I’ve no idea what a meme is (and I’m happy to remain ignorant) but I’m very pleased to take part anyway! I therefore have to answer a series of questions on a recent or forthcoming book. I don’t really like talking about current writing but, rather than chicken out and answer questions about the short story collection, I’m going to be brave – but very vague – and talk about my novel. Here are my answers:
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