Belated news that I had a short story published earlier this year by a small Australian publisher, In Short Publishing. The story is called Boy, Dog, Accordion, and it’s published as a pocket-size book.Read More
One evening in Crete, a couple of years ago, I saw something that made a lasting impression on me. A small boy, maybe eight or nine years old, sitting in front of a large green rubbish bin, with an accordion in his hands and a mournful-looking dog by his side. He wasn’t playing the accordion, but just holding it and gazing at nothing in particular. I felt compassion, of course. But I also felt that the scene had been highly orchestrated to produce exactly that response. I felt sorry for the… Read More
I was happy to hear that one of my short stories has been translated into Turkish and published in a literary magazine. I was even more tickled to see the list of names on the cover – amid the Turkish names, a couple of foreigners. Andrew Blackman and Marcel Proust. Don’t worry, I’m not getting delusions of grandeur. I know I’ve got a lot of work to do before I catch up with Proust in terms of literary standing. But it was nice to share a cover with him. The… Read More
An interesting thing happened to me this week. I ended up being featured in a photography exhibition at Foyles bookshop in central London. Before you ask – no, I haven’t suddenly developed a talent for the visual arts. I remain, as I always have been, pretty much visually illiterate. It’s actually one of my short stories that’s being hung on the wall, or at least an extract from it. It’s part of the photography/writing collaboration that I’ve written about on here before. The literary art book, Still, is being launched… Read More
I’ve been busy writing this week and haven’t been online much, so it was great to see that I was featured on a couple of other sites while I wasn’t looking! They’re both things I knew about and had participated in, but wasn’t sure when they’d come out, so it was a nice surprise. First there’s a Q&A with me on Negative Press, the publisher of a short story collection I’m featured in. The collection is called Still, and features some great writers like Evie Wyld, Richard Beard and Preeta… Read More
My short story Night Bus was recently published in issue 13 of Smoke: A London Peculiar. Among all the young, drunk people on the top deck of the night bus, one quiet, middle-aged man stands out as different, and starts to attract unwelcome attention.
My short story “Postcards from a Previous Life” is now available to buy. It is being published by Leaf Books as part of the collection “Naked Thighs and Cotton Frocks and Other Stories“. It is my first fiction publication and I am very excited about it. The story tells of a series of postcards that start arriving from a long-lost friend describing a holiday that she took when she was young. These odd postcards force their recipients to confront memories of their youth, their dreams and long-forgotten aspirations.