Shortlisted for WriteIdea Prize 201414 October 2014
My short story I’m Not a Cab was shortlisted for the WriteIdea Prize 2014.
Book review published08 October 2014
My review of Iain Maloney’s First Time Solo was published in Shiny New Books magazine.
Book review published07 July 2014
My review of Tom McCulloch’s The Stillman was published in Issue 2 of Shiny New Books magazine. Click here to read it.
Book review published13 May 2014
My review of Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic was published in Issue 25 of Canadian lit mag The Puritan.
WSJ section cover story28 April 2014
I did lots of freelance journalism around this time. Here’s an example, a cover story I wrote for The Wall Street Journal’s special report section on leadership, called Inside the Executive Brain.
Book review published26 February 2014
I had a book review / essay published in the Winter issue of Canadian literary magazine The Puritan. I used Robert McGill’s novel Once We Had a Country as a way of exploring the issue of borders. Click here to read it.
Short story accepted19 February 2014
My short story Pops was accepted for publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Texas literary journal The First Line.
Interviewed in Alpha Magazine01 January 2014
Dubai-based Alpha magazine interviewed me about my novel, my views on social media, and why I gave up a job as a Wall Street Journal staff writer to write fiction. Good question… Click here to read the interview.
Review published25 November 2013
I reviewed Aminatta Forna’s novel The Hired Man in Issue XXIII of Canadian literary magazine The Puritan.
Review published10 November 2013
I reviewed David Shaw Mackenzie’s novel The Interpretations in Issue 14 of Scottish literary magazine The Bottle Imp.
Story shortlisted08 November 2013
My story Smile was shortlisted for the 2013 Small Axe Literary Competition.
Short story published06 November 2013
My story Hunting for Crabs was published in an anthology by Hearst Magazines UK. Click here for more info from Amazon.
Book review published15 October 2013
I wrote a book review of Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City by Bradley L. Garrett, and had it published in Review 31.
Good review for On the Holloway Road11 October 2013
“On The Holloway Road is superb. It is likely to appeal most to British readers, as they will be able to relate to the political details well, but the references to Kerouac and the commentary will interest readers of other nations too. And the theme of freedom is universal.”
My debut novel from 2009 gets a 5-star review from book blog The Worm Hole.
"A modern exploration of perceptions and relationships in the digital era"17 September 2013
My novel picked up a good review from BookHugger:
“The book is up for nomination in the People’s Book Prize. It’s a very thought provoking yet entertaining read, touching a subject that I haven’t come across in fiction writing to date. Aside the enjoyment from general readership, this would make an excellent book to discuss at a book review group. It offers something rather different and innovative, great to ponder and discuss.”
See the full review of A Virtual Love over at BookHugger.
Things to say about a book you've never read16 August 2013
I had a short, whimsical piece published in US literary magazine Booth.
Short story published10 July 2013
My short story Inferno was published in Volume II of Spark: A Creative Anthology. It explores themes of guilt and punishment through the story of a man who believes his discarded cigarette was the one that caused the infamous King’s Cross station fire.
Short story published01 July 2013
My short story Pigs Are Intelligent was published in the collection Flash in the Attic.
Review and interview published02 June 2013
A Virtual Love got a great review on book blog JoV’s Book Pyramid:
“I came into this book with very little and expectation and I wasn’t expected to be blown away by so many provoking ideas that make me reflect about my blog, the online scene and social networking with a new pair of eyes. But it did.
Highly recommended. A book worth re-reading and I thought should be promoted mainstream and promoted more widely. I very rarely do a sale pitch on my blog but I am going to encourage you to read it.”
I was also interviewed on the site, talking about the nature of social media and what I wanted to convey by writing the book.
Short story accepted24 May 2013
My story Inferno was accepted for publication in Volume II of Spark: A Creative Anthology
Moved to Crete21 May 2013
Moved into a beautiful apartment in northwestern Crete with a view of the sea, planning to live simply and concentrate on writing.
Reviewed at So Many Books16 May 2013
A Virtual Love got a great review from Stefanie at So Many Books.
Interviewed by Female First06 May 2013
I was interviewed by women’s magazine Female First, talking about A Virtual Love, social media, and where I get inspiration.
Big Green Bookswap24 April 2013
I was the guest author at a bookswap organised by the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green. People brought along a book they wanted to swap with another, and I did a reading from A Virtual Love, signed copies and answered questions.
Interviewed by African book blogger18 April 2013
I was interviewed on African book blog Geosi Reads, talking about the book, my writing career, and how a white man came to be called Blackman…
Shortlands Library appearance15 April 2013
I spoke to readers at Shortlands Library in southeast London as part of the weekly ‘Tea & Topics’ programme of events.
Interviewed by The Workshy Fop11 April 2013
Interviewed by British book blogger The Workshy Fop, talking about protest, Situationism and giving a sneak preview of my third novel
The Art of Writing10 April 2013
I appeared on a panel dishing out writing advice at a workshop organised by Write-Connections. Click here for details.
Beckenham Library event10 April 2013
I appeared at Beckenham Library in southeast London, reading from and talking about A Virtual Love
Hornsey library reading02 April 2013
I was at Hornsey library in north London, reading from and talking about A Virtual Love, as well as signing copies. Details here.
Second novel, A Virtual Love, published01 April 2013
James Miller called it “A compelling and very entertaining look at the complexities of our hyper real age.” Alex Wheatle said “A fascinating, modern story that had me gripped.”
Mentioned in The Independent31 March 2013
Literary editor Katy Guest used my novel as the launchpad for an editorial in The Independent about identity and relationships on the internet
Launch party!27 March 2013
The launch party for my second novel A Virtual Love was held at The Bowler in Clerkenwell on Wednesday 27th March. For more photos and details, click here.
Debating the future of e-books04 March 2013
I appeared on a panel with publishers and other book industry representatives to debate the use of DRM protection in eBooks. Click here to find out more.
A Virtual Love launched as an e-book01 March 2013
My second novel, A Virtual Love, had a virtual launch. One month before the real book comes out, the e-book was made available to buy in all the usual places, for example on Kindle.
Short story published26 February 2013
My short story Stealing Oranges was published in the Nottingham 2012 Short Story Anthology
Guest post published on The Renegade Writer14 February 2013
Had a guest post published on popular writing site The Renegade Writer
Society of Authors event31 January 2013
I read a short story at the Stand up for Books event organised by the Society of Authors and the Society of Young Publishers.
Book review published23 January 2013
I reviewed Courttia Newland’s new novel The Gospel According to Cane in the pages of Switchback, the literary journal produced by the University of San Francisco.
Article published at Read.Learn.Write22 January 2013
I had a guest post, Who cares about spoilers?, published on popular reading site Read.Learn.Write.
Reading at South Norwood Library12 January 2013
Participated in a group reading of short stories at South Norwood Library
Short story accepted10 January 2013
My short story Pigs Are Intelligent was accepted for publication in an anthology to be produced by Fiction Attic Press.
Reading at Bookseller Crow10 January 2013
Did a short story reading at Bookseller Crow in Crystal Palace with other authors from the Stations anthology
Short story published29 November 2012
Short story Actress published in the collection Stations: Stories Inspired by the Overground Line
Story translated into Turkish22 October 2012
Had a short story translated into Turkish and published in Turkish literary magazine Sarniç Öykü.
Short story published26 September 2012
Short story Sanctuary published in the literary art book Still (Negative Press, September 2012). For more information and to order, click here
On the wall at Foyle's bookshop18 September 2012
Exhibition featuring my short story Sanctuary opens at Foyles bookshop in central London, runs until 30th October
Short story reviewed06 September 2012
Good review of my story Nights on Fair Isle on Australian book blog Whispering Gums
2nd novel release date announced03 September 2012
Release date for my second novel A Virtual Love announced as 1st April 2013
Short story analysed29 August 2012
Analysis of my short story Nights on Fair Isle published on Read.Learn.Write
Interviewed by Negative Press29 August 2012
Interviewed on the Negative Press website about my latest short story, my writing in general, and where I get ideas from.
Contest success04 July 2012
Short story Stealing Oranges wins 3rd prize in the Nottingham Short Story Competition. The story will be published in an anthology later in the year.
Good review for On the Holloway Road11 May 2012
On the Holloway Road receives another five-star review, including the phrase “202 pages of reading bliss”
"One of my favourite books of all time"07 April 2012
On the Holloway Road reviewed by Indian book blogger Vishy. Extract: “The first three pages of the last chapter touched my heart deeply and are some of the most beautiful that I have read …. ‘On the Holloway Road’ is one of my favourite reads of the year and probably one of my favourite books of all time.”
Story accepted for anthology01 April 2012
Short story The Actress selected for new Arachne Press anthology Stations
"Andrew Blackman has a very fluid style of writing"28 March 2012
On the Holloway Road given a positive review by book blogger Nivedita Barve, who said “On the Holloway Road is an atmospheric tale of the journeys undertaken by two young men in search of their dreams and of themselves.”
Second novel acquired by Legend Press05 March 2012
Legend Press announced the acquisition of my second novel, A Virtual Love
Gave speech via video link22 February 2012
Addressed BP’s corporate marketing team via video link from Barbados to London, speaking about the components of effective story-telling
Moved to Barbados11 December 2011
"Night butterflies"14 September 2011
On the Holloway Road reviewed at Book Around the Corner. Extract: “I saw Jack and Neil as night butterflies. They’re grey, hollow, and live in a dark world and their pool of light is made of electric bulbs.”
Short story published09 August 2011
Short story Moving Forward published in Greenacre Writers Anthology 2011
Contest success09 May 2011
Runner-up in the Greenacre Short Story Competition with my story Moving Forward, which will be published in an anthology
Contest success30 April 2011
Won third prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition with my story Are We There Yet?, which will be published in an anthology
Contributed story to anthology21 April 2011
Contributed a short story, Sanctuary, to a forthcoming collection being published by the photographer Roelof Bakker
Literary festival appearance17 November 2010
Appeared on a panel with Alex Wheatle and Mark Piggott at the Whitechapel Idea Store, discussing “London Fact and Fiction” as part of the Writeidea Festival
"You need to read this book!"05 August 2010
Interviewed on The Literary Lab, which also gives a rave review of On the Holloway Road
Led a writing workshop26 June 2010
As part of the Holloway Arts Festival, led a writing workshop along with Tom Chalmers and Mark Piggott at Blackwell’s Bookshop on the Holloway Road
Library talk21 April 2010
Spoke at Highgate Library with fellow Legend Press author Mark Piggott
Bookshop talk10 December 2009
Spoke about On the Holloway Road at Blackwell’s Bookshop on the Holloway Road
Bookshop talk26 November 2009
Spoke about On the Holloway Road at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green
University lecture18 November 2009
Spoke at Middlesex University’s “Writer for Lunch” programme
eBook released01 November 2009
On the Holloway Road published as an eBook
Book signing31 October 2009
Signed copies of On the Holloway Road in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping Centre
Award ceremony29 October 2009
Spoke at the Luke Bitmead Writer’s Bursary award ceremony in London
Society of Young Publishers event20 August 2009
Spoke about my experience of the publishing industry at the Society of Young Publishers in Oxford
Book group meeting30 July 2009
Met with the North London Reading Group, who had selected On the Holloway Road as their book of the month
Judged a short story contest24 July 2009
Presented the London Fringe Short Fiction Award to Alex Burger at the Old Operating Theatre near London Bridge
Essay published15 July 2009
New essay published in issue 17 of US literary magazine Post Road
Literary festival appearance01 July 2009
Spoke at Blackwell’s on the Holloway Road as part of the Holloway Arts Festival
Literary festival appearance23 June 2009
Spoke at Richmond Library as part of the Story of London festival
Literary festival appearance16 June 2009
Spoke at Islington North Library as part of the Story of London festival
Essay published01 June 2009
New essay published in the book Quarter Passed: Collected Works from Twentysomethings Around the World
Library talk20 May 2009
Spoke about On the Holloway Road and signed copies in an event at Hornsey Library
Guest speaker on Kerouac25 April 2009
Guest speaker at the Jack Kerouac Literary Group in New York City
New York book signing24 April 2009
Signed copies of my book at the Columbia Alumni Book Fair in New York City
My novel reviewed by the Daily Mail10 April 2009
On the Holloway Road reviewed in the Daily Mail: “There are echoes of Jack Kerouac in this freewheeling adventure down the CCTV-ed, drizzly corridors of modern Britain.”
Mentioned in Time Out London08 April 2009
On the Holloway Road mentioned in Time Out ”Battle of the Books” feature
Newspaper profile of me26 March 2009
Profile piece about me in the Kentish Times
Profile piece in the Islington Gazette05 March 2009
BBC radio interview03 March 2009
Radio interview on BBC Oxford with Jo Thoenes – click here to listen
Debut novel On the Holloway Road published28 February 2009
My debut novel On the Holloway Road appeared in bookshops on this date.
Newspaper mention26 February 2009
On the Holloway Road written up in the Oxford Times “Books Choice” column
Launch party26 February 2009
Launch party for On the Holloway Road at the Phoenix Artist Club in central London
Newspaper profile of me20 February 2009
Profile story about me in the Haringey Independent
University lecture17 February 2009
Gave a speech at Leicester University about creative writing and getting published
Short story published19 January 2009
My short story Safety published in Carillon magazine
Short story published16 December 2008
My short story Night Bus published in Issue 13 of Smoke
Shortlisted for another prize29 August 2008
On the Holloway Road shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize
Newspaper coverage12 August 2008
Article about me in the Haringey Independent
Newspaper coverage02 August 2008
Article about me winning the Luke Bitmead Writer’s Bursary in the Barnet Times
Won a £2,500 writing prize and got my first publishing deal!25 July 2008
On the Holloway Road wins the Luke Bitmead Writers’ Bursary, an award for unpublished writers. The prize is a cheque for £2,500 and a publishing contract with Legend Press. My career as a novelist begins…
Contest winner09 June 2008
The opening pages of my manuscript for On the Holloway Road win the Novel Beginnings First Chapter Contest
My first story published10 December 2007
My short story Postcards from a Previous Life published in the short story collection Naked Thighs and Cotton Frocks and other stories (Leaf Books)
Left The Wall Street Journal17 January 2006
Left The Wall Street Journal and moved back to London to concentrate on writing fiction
Essay published in Monthly Review10 July 2005
My prize-winning essay What is the Soul of Socialism? published in Monthly Review Vol 57 No 3
Hired by The Wall Street Journal20 June 2003
Hired by the Wall Street Journal, where I would write several hundred bylined articles over the next few years living in New York, as well as making live radio and television appearances and having my articles published in other newspapers and magazines across America
Graduated from Columbia University with a Masters degree in journalism25 May 2003