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,…

Composite Creatures – my debut novel in 2021

The cat is OFFICIALLY out of the bag! I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that my debut novel, Composite Creatures, will be published by Angry Robot on May 11th 2021. I’ve been keeping my lip buttoned on this one since the beginning of the year, but now that it’s out there in The Bookseller,…

Everything you need to know about using beta readers

I’m getting very close now to the point when I’ll send my current book out to a motley gang of beta readers (you know who you are!), and I have to wait for their feedback. It’s make or break time. I never used to understand how important this part of the process was. I wasn’t…

Doldrums, goose, multiverse, crow

Do you have any favourite words? There must be research out there to say why we love our favourite words so much. Is it the sound, the tingle on the tongue, the memories evoked, or the possibilities unearthed? These are four of my favourites. And they describe my little world perfectly right now. Let me…

When this is all over

Like most people, I’ve been looking ahead quite a bit. When the whole COVID-19 business started kicking off I found it extremely difficult to look backwards or forwards. Every day lasted an age and I had to wait for the morning news before I knew how to feel about the day. But after five weeks…

A creature of routine

I’ve been struggling to know what to add, since the world turned into an episode of Black Mirror. I’ve been on Twitter a lot in the past couple of weeks, and there’s a whole community of people who’re making the best of this bad situation and those that are sharing their lowest points. We’re all…

How to write a character personality

Writing a character personality for your story, novel, or script is a key part of bringing your words to life. It’s the protagonist at the heart of the story that will make your readers want to keep going, to follow them to the end point. Think about a book you’ve read or film you’ve seen…

Little Quakes Every Day – release date confirmed for 2020

I’ve been SO EXCITED to share this – and as my poetry publisher knows – I can get pretty darn excitable when I have news to share. So here goes… I can officially confirm that my next fully poetry collection, Little Quakes Every Day, will be released on 9th November this year (2020, for retrospective…