Little Quakes Every Day Launch with live illustration from Chris Riddell

It’s finally time to announce the details for my online launch for Little Quakes Every Day on 20th November, and I’ll be joined by some very special guests indeed… Hosted online by Northern Writers Studio, from 7.30pm UK time we’ll be chatting about the book and writing in general, before being joined by guest readers…

Composite Creatures – SciFiNow exclusive cover reveal and excerpt

Geeez, it’s all gearing up now, that’s for sure! I was just about to blog about my poetry collection, Little Quakes Every Day, which is published next month, when I heard on the wiggling grapevine that SciFiNow magazine had exclusively revealed the cover of my debut novel, AND released an excerpt from the first chapter!…

Chris Riddell illustrates… My poetry!

I’ve had such a lovely postal week. A couple of books here and there, some lovely fabric to make into a couple of dresses, and this highlight… A hand-illustrated copy of She Will Soar from Chris Riddell! “But how?! Why?!” I hear you cry. Well, it all began when Chris was tweeting his doodles on…

Book Publishing: Interview with a poetry editor

What does a book editor do? And could you be helped by having one? It wasn’t too long ago I finished editing my first full-length poetry collection Little Quakes Every Day. As ever, Valley Press sourced the perfect editor to work with me to make the collection the best it can be, from the ordering…

Folk Tales is happening – LIVE

What do you get if you bring together a poet, an animator, a composer, a soprano, a violinist, a theatrical director, and a whole bunch of commissioned tree stumps? Folk Tales – that’s what! Check out the glorious artwork! I’m getting this printed to frame at home. It’s so beautiful. I’ve getting more and more…

How I’m de-tangling my narrative knots

I posted on Twitter recently (do you follow me on Twitter? Here’s the link if you don’t!) about how I’ve been really struggling with concentration lately. Usually, I’m good at compartmentalising life – switching from thing to thing and concentrating on that sole thing at once. But recently… Well… Nope. Not sure whether it’s the…

What happens when you pre-order a book?

It’s time for some EXCELLENT news! Ever thought that one minute something seems like a lifetime away, and the next – it’s on your doorstep? Well, it looks like my first full poetry collection is available for pre-order! I can’t believe it’s officially launched in just a few months. Unreal. Pre-orders help authors and publishers…

Join us – Folk Tales Fundraising Concert

I recently had some awesome news! The librettist work I’ve been doing with composer Charlotte Marlow has recently been programmed for the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in September – a hugely fun festival bursting with really weird music and modern opera. Our song cycle, ‘Folk Tales’, is a staged song cycle for soprano and…

Little Quakes Every Day – cover reveal

It’s time to reveal the cover for my second poetry collection! Get ready… Ta da! We couldn’t decide on a colour for a while, and actually took it to Twitter and a couple of other platforms to see what the public thought and the results were so interesting! Overall it was a close tie between…

Cake and catch-up during Lockdown

Got a cup of something? Tea, or something stronger? Have some cake. I just baked it yesterday. I dropped in too much vanilla essence and had to substitute the self-raising flour… But it’s still good, I promise. Hasn’t this strange period felt like it’s lasted forever? We’ve been in pretty much total lockdown since March,…