21 May 2017

A new magazine, Empty State, is built round some urgent and under-examined questions about contemporary fiction’s use of new media and technology – or, more often, its complete avoidance of them. I wrote a short feature for them about the fear of our work becoming “dated”. Here.

18 May 2017

Excited to be reading and taking part in a panel at The London Salon: memory, at the Museum of London on Tuesday 13 June. “The London salons are informal evenings critically exploring the lived experience of the city including fashion, identity, power, protest and dissent,” they say. “Join us for an evening of readings and talks considering the rich and disturbing character of London in 2017: its buildings, its myths, its self-narration. Writers, artists and architects discuss the lived experience of the capital and tell stories about foreignness, underpasses and failed utopias at a salon curated by curator and writer, Jes Fernie.” Thrilled to be speaking alongside Ben Judah, Laura Oldfield Ford and Liza Fior.

22 March 2017

Mating Week has been awarded First Prize in the 2017 Grist POV competition. From the longlist of this “experiments in viewpoint” competition, Grist and Huddersfield University Press have produced a quality anthology  – “I You  He  She  It”  – which you can get here.

25 November 2016

Spread The Word, London’s Writer Development Agency, have launched a programme of Associate Writers and I am delighted to say that I’m one of the seven writers chosen for 2017.  This is a super bunch of people to be associated with, and I’m excited and thankful to have this recognition and support for the year ahead.

19 June 2016

I wrote up some piecemeal thoughts (which more or less qualify as a review) about Joanna Walsh’s collection, Vertigo. It’s in the summer issue of the Writing Disorder, here.

16 June 2016

Last night at the lovely Burley Fisher books in Haggerston we launched Unreal City: Constructing the Capital, the offspring of the collaborative project I took part in last June, with the Austrian Cultural Forum. Big thanks to Jen Calleja, the curator and instigator of all this, and to Cours de Poétique, the publisher. It’s a fabulous slim book on London and not-London (and so on) in English and German, with stunning pencil portraits of all the authors from Richard Phoenix.

25 May 2016

My moth-based story Mating Week is this week’s Weekend Read over at For Books’ Sake. There’s a new story every Friday, and no archive, so you have to be quick to catch them while they’re there.

24 May 2016

I’ve been named a Finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award, run by the Doctor T J Eckleburg review: Results… sometime!

30 March 2016

I’m very happy to have joined the editorial team at the super Short Fiction journal. It’s an exciting time of change, so look out for new developments soon.

21 March 2016 

The Colonialist, a 30-page story in ebook format, is now available from Galley Beggar Press. Download for £1 (or – better – subscribe to their “Singles Club” for £12 to receive one great story a month).

2 February 2016

A short piece about Superfar is on The Lonely Crowd website.

13 November 2015 

Out very shortly: the next issues of Lighthouse magazine (issue 10 – From Our Own Correspondents) and The Lonely Crowd (issue 3). I’m excited to have work in both. If you don’t already, you should be reading these two magazines.

14 October 2015

Really looking forward to being at Waterstones Piccadilly on 4 November at 6pm for the announcement of the 2015 London Short Story Prize winner. I’ll be reading from “Flamingo Land & Other Stories”, the anthology from last year’s Prize, which is being launched on the same night. Then when all that’s over, who should be reading at a not-to-be-missed event straight afterwards but two of the judges of this year’s Prize, Kevin Barry and Jon McGregor? Not only fantastic writers, but both fantastic readers, too, so be there or be – well – bitter, regretful and envious.

12 October 2015

This Friday (16th), in a kind of literary set of matryoshka dolls, I’ll be reading as part of Unthank Books‘ appearance at the bigger event Lit Crawl London, itself part of the bigger Literary Kitchen Festival. Come to Petitou Café, 63 Choumert Road, London SE15 4AR  where we’re on at 7pm, then barhop with us and other short story fans.

1 October 2015

I Am Because You Are” is out now from Freight Books. Edited by Pippa Goldschmidt and Tania Hershman, it features 23 wild stories and wilder essays from scientists, writers and those-who-are-both, celebrating the centenary of the General Theory of Relativity. Includes my story The Two-Body Problem.

26 August 2015

Really happy to say that the Flight Press anthology “Flamingoland & Other Stories”, the book that’s come out of last year’s London Short Story Prize and which features my story Flamingo Land, will be launched on 4 November – same night as the announcement of this year’s London Short Story Prize winner. Flight Press are also starting an exciting new online publication, Flight Journal, and are calling for submissions. More details on all of that here.

24 August 2015

To celebrate 5 years of organising publishing events, BookMachine are organising a birthday bash on Thursday 24 September, in London, Oxford, Cambridge and New York City. Their theme is Publishing: The Next Five Years, and they’re producing a pamphlet to coincide with the event which features several pieces of fiction including my story Everything I Had. You can get tickets for any of the venues at this Eventbrite link.

22 August 2015

I’ll be reading at this year’s LitCrawl in Peckham on Friday 16 October. More details TBC.

24 June 2015 

Galley Beggar Press run a monthly Singles Club, delivering 12 stories (one a month) for £12. I call that a bargain, and have been a subscriber for a while. I’m very happy that the Single for February 2016 will be my really-quite-long short story The Colonialist. You can subscribe at


19 June 2015

Last night I read alongside three wonderful writers – Teresa Präauer, Tex Rubinowitz and Thomas McMullan – at the Austrian Cultural Forum after our hectic week together trying to understand London. (As they say on Treme, shaking their head, “This city…”.) Big thanks go to the ACF, who have been a delight to work with, and to multi-talented guest curator Jen Calleja. They’ll be producing a short publication which will include and expand on our written pieces with photos, illustrations and most likely things in the category “other”.

6 May 2015 

Next month I’ll be taking part in a collaboration set up by the Austrian Cultural Forum. “Unreal City: Constructing the Capital” will see four British and Austrian writers – Teresa Präauer, Tex Rubinowitz, Thomas McMullan and me – spending three days exploring London to create brand new written works on and around “the city”, architecture, public spaces and psychogeography. Working collaboratively and individually, the writers will then present work at a special evening of readings and conversation on 18 June. I’m excited to be working with writers of this calibre, embarking on the unknown in a city I love and loathe.

28 April 2015

Two great anthology-news-things: Freight Books’ anthology “I Am Because You Are“, will come out this September and include a new story of mine, The Two-Body Problem. Edited by Tania Hershman and Pippa Goldschmidt, the book features essays and fiction inspired by Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which is 100 years old this year.  Secondly, Eliminate Toxins & Increase Blood Flow will be in freeze frame fiction’s “Maniacal Anthology“. Delighted to be included in a publication that describes itself as “more than a little messed up”. Let’s have more of those.

13 April 2015

Those kind Rattle Tales folk have included a story I read at one of their live nights in 2013 – Give Over – in their 3rd print anthology, out now. Privileged to be alongside Paul McVeigh, Claire Fuller, David McGrath, and my old-anthology-muckers Melanie Whipman and Jo Gatford, as well as Rattle Tales regulars and the winners of the Brighton Prize 2014.

15 December 2014

Hole in your stocking? The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2015 comes out on 17 Dec, with 20 stories including my Edith Aleksander, b.1929, as well as shorts by Ken Elkes, Jo Gatford and Rhoda Greaves. If you’d like a copy – which, surely, anyone would – it’s available in paperback or ebook format now from

25 November 2014

Wonderful news and a real coup: Flamingo Land has won the London Short Story Prize. The judges were Jackie Kay and Cathy Galvin, and the prize comes from Spread The Word writer development agency, who do so much so imaginatively for writers and writing in London. Huge thanks to them! All being well, Flamingo Land will be in the anthology they’re planning for early next year.

4 November 2014

The arts and culture magazine Aesthetica will be publishing my Edith Aleksander, b.1929 in their 2015 Annual. Out before Christmas!

24 August 2014

I’m delighted to be a featured writer in the inaugural edition of the Virginia-based Piedmont Journal of Poetry and Fiction. This new journal is run by a talented and energetic editorial board, who are now seeking submissions. They’re also running monthly fiction and poetry contests with no entry fee. Please do support them by reading and submitting.

11 August 2014

Please treat your bookshelf to a copy of The White Review No. 11. It’s stunning, and features poetry, reportage, essays, artwork and interviews as well as new fiction (including a version of my story Biophile). Available in the best bookshops and online from

10 July 2014 

Festive news for July. Mallinson’s Angel, a Christmas story I wrote in an attempt to entertain a special group of friends (you know who you are), will be included in an anthology coming out from Bridge House Publishing this November.

8 July 2014

My story Edith Aleksander, b.1929 was one of seven Finalists in the Prime Number magazine 2014 Flash Fiction Award, from North Carolina-based publisher Press 53. The judge was Kathy Fish, doyenne of the flash fiction world, which makes it even better news.

26 June 2014 

Recently I was lucky enough to interview the wonderful writer David Rose, for The Writing Disorder. It’s published in the Summer issue, out now.

5 June 2014

More live reading: As well as the ticketed event below, I’m reading a few short-shorts at the London Short Story Festival‘s “Speakers’ Corner” – a little nook close to the entrance at Waterstone’s, Piccadilly, from 6pm until about 6.15pm on Saturday 21 June; free for all; come and go as you please. (But actually, come in the morning and don’t go until the evening – there are loads of wonderful events on all day.)

6 May 2014

I’ll be reading at the inaugural London Short Story Festival, run by Spread The Word. The Festival runs from 20-22 June and my reading will open this event, featuring Jacques Testard (The White Review), Claire Shanahan (Booktrust), Jen Hamilton Emery (Salt Publishing), Di Spears (BBC Radio), Carrie Kania (Conville & Walsh) and writer Vanessa Gebbie, on 21 June at 1.15pm. Bookings open on 9 May. Waterstone’s, 203 – 206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD.

1 May 2014

So many thanks to The White Review for a fantastic night at the Horse Hospital, and to the judges Kevin Barry, Anna Webber and Max Porter for choosing my story Biophile to win the White Review Short Story Prize 2014. I have temporarily run out of exclamation marks.
I think I failed to mention how much I genuinely enjoyed reading the rest of the shortlist – just as I did last year’s: these are some amazing writers doing really interesting things, and I’m proud to have been alongside them on the list.

28 April 2014

A coup! The Ground is Considerably Distorted was included among the Top 25 entries to the wonderful and coveted Glimmer Train‘s Short Story Award for New Writers.

4 April 2014

It’s been a while.
I’ve got a story (Biophile) on the White Review Prize shortlist alongside some very exciting and impressive stories by Eley Williams, Luke Neima, Brenda Parker, Joseph Mackertich, SJ Fowler, David Isaacs and Paul Currion. Winning announcement at the Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, on 30 April. Bring oats.

10 December 2013

I’m inexpressibly pleased to have a piece in the new issue of Jon McGregor’s journal The Letters Page. Other contributors this issue include George Saunders, Kevin Barry, Ruth Gilligan, Eimear McBride. Yes, I did say George Saunders (and check out today’s date. Nice, eh?) Print it out, read it, then fold page 1 into an envelope – instructions provided – and send to someone you want to impress.

4 December 2013

Really happy to announce that my story Softy has won the 2013 Prolitzer Prize, awarded by Prole Books, and it appears in Issue 12 of Prole, which you can get in print and pdf here. There are also 8 other stories and over 40 poems in this issue (talk about Value For Money).

12 November 2013

A little interview with Unthank Books about Little Things

3 November 2013

Unthology 4 is now available in paperback and (at Amazon) in Kindle format.

1 November 2013

The Inktears 2013 Flash Fiction Competition shortlisted my story Life Time.

15 October 2013

Bound Off is now playing my two-and-a-half minute story The Mother. In other audio-type news, I’m going to be reading at Rattle Tales in Brighton (Hove actually), on Wednesday 23 October. Come along and rattle! Then on Thursday 7 November I’ll be in Norwich at the launch of Unthology 4, reading my story Little Things.

27 September 2013

A short-short has been shortlisted in the 2nd Roy Wood Memorial Short Story Competition (not a short title), run by Waterhouse Review. The winner and runner-up will be announced, er, shortly. Very happy to be included on such an esteemed list.

27 July 2013

Is In The Air is now available to listen to at 4’33”. Getting to like “doing audio”.

21 July 2013

Couple of things: Proud to say that Is In The Air has appeared at London-based Notes From The Underground [edit, Dec 2013: link no longer active, sadly]. And I was honoured to have a new story shortlisted in this year’s Short Fiction competition. Oh and another was longlisted for the longlist (!) – a “notable contender” – in the Bristol Prize.

28 June 2013

I love the monthly audio magazine Bound Off. So imagine my delight to have had a story, The Mother, accepted there. We’re untangling the microphone cable ready to record, and once it’s done it should be up on the site in late autumn.

25 June 2013

The Summer batch of The Writing Disorder is fresh out of the oven. I have a story, 12 Keats Drive, in this issue.

11 June 2013

The anthology of winning short stories from the Words With Jam BIGGER Short Story Competition 2012 was launched on 1 June at Foyles, Charing Cross, and is now out in paperback and e-back. With a kooky elephant-based cover, it’s a bargain in either format; you can buy it here (non-Amazon link).

18 May 2013

Heavens to Betsy – nearly a month since I posted any News. Do I look different? Thought so – I’ve become an Unthologist. Unthank Books have taken my story Little Things for their fourth prestigious anthology – due to come out this November. And hurray for that.

23 April 2013

This is exciting: I’ve joined The Writing Disorder as Associate Editor. Looking forward to working – from across the Atlantic – with C E Lukather and the rest of the team. Keep an eye on their website and/or FB page for some interesting developments for emerging writers.

5 April 2013

Eliminate Toxins and Increase Blood Flow is at Circa, a Literary Review, from today. The Fire Was Thought To Have Been Caused By An Electrical Fault is now up at The Writing Disorder, too. So a good month for excessively long titles. [Sadly, Circa Review has now closed (June 2014).]

26 March 2013

I love Jolie du Pre’s perfect flash story “Juggernaught” (at the bottom of this page). So I’m really happy her site Leodegraunce will be publishing a wee one of mine in a print anthology of “high end flash fiction” later this year.

22 March 2013

Packed with goodness! – The Spring 2013 issue of Los Angeles magazine The Writing Disorder. It also happens to feature The Fire Was Thought To Have Been Caused By An Electrical Fault (actually an extract from my novel, but a stand-alone story), too.

1 March 2013

I’m very happy to have had a story accepted by Notes From The Underground. Excited to be published there. Story will appear in July.

8 February 2013

My story Abhra, The Cloud has taken First Prize in the Short Story category of the Words With Jam BIGGER Short Story Competition 2012. The magazine (Feb 2013 issue) is out in print, in Kindle edition, and online at

7 February 2013

The lovely audio magazine 4’33” will soon be showing – playing? – my story Is In The Air. Link to follow…

21 January 2013

Big Picture, a very short story first published by Waterhouse Review ( in July 2012, can now be read here on this site.

3 December 2012

The Writing Disorder will be publishing The Fire Was Thought To Have Been Caused By An Electrical Fault in their Spring 2013 issue. Another story of mine, 12 Keats Drive, will appear later in the year. Both will be in their 2013 print anthology – out at the end of the year. Hurrah.

5 November 2012

Thrilled to be featured in The Literary Consultancy’s “showcase” for November. The feature includes a new short story, written on the TLC Literary Adventure in Spain in October.

14 October 2012

I’m delighted to announce that my story “Mating Week” was highly commended in the 2012 Bridport Prize, and appears in this year’s anthology. The book is always an excellent read and can be purchased in ebook or lovely paper format at

3 thoughts on “News

  1. Congrats on being made author of the month at TLC. Read your quick short story ‘In the Air’. You certainly have a excellent descriptive powers. I’ll be purchasing one of your books. Which would you recommend? Best, Adam

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