23 May 2022

News summary: Still alive, teaching for London Lit Lab (which is a great joy), and writing.
News detail: My new story ‘Speed of Life’ is the opener in a fantastic new anthology from Confingo, out tomorrow. ‘Waiting for the Gift: Stories inspired by LOW’ features stories responding to each of the tracks on the 1977 Bowie album, plus an exciting ‘graphic interlude’ as you flip the record. The other amazing contributors are Wendy Erskine, Preti Taneja, Adam Marek, Dima Alzayat, Anne Billson, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Jen Calleja, Keeley Forsyth, David Hayden, Zoë McLean, Melissa Wan and Hugo Wilcken. Buy direct from the Confingo link.

8 December 2020

I’m so happy to say my story ‘Flamingo Land’ was awarded the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize at this year’s online ceremony last night. Shelley Day won the the main 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize with her rich and moving collection ‘What Are You Like’ – congratulations to her on a wonderful achievement.

18 November 2020

The Edge Hill Prize organisers put a testing set of questions to each of the five shortlisted writers. Here are my answers.

11 September 2020

This Paradise is now on the Edge Hill Prize shortlist!

9 July 2020

The Edge Hill Prize has just announced its longlist for 2020, and there has been much rejoicing round here about the fact that This Paradise is on it. *champage emoji*

2 July 2020

It’s a profound and particular honour – in a way that’s quite hard to express – to be included as one of the lead writers at this month’s Visual Verse. Thank you for this challenge.

8 April 2020

Inexpressibly delighted to announce that This Paradise has been Longlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020 – it sits among an absolutely incredible list of titles and writers.

7 April 2020

Here is a beautiful review of This Paradise – thanks to Professor Wu at Nothing In The Rulebook.

3 November 2019

Really touched by this soulful and insightful review of This Paradise at The Lonely Crowd.

10 August 2019

Upcoming events:

9 May 2019

Some upcoming events:

5 April 2019

I’ll be one of the headline authors at the final UEA Live event of the academic year at Dragon Hall, Norwich. Thursday 2 May, doors at 6.30pm.  Free event!
I’m also looking forward to a special This Paradise event at The Grove bookshop, Ilkley, on Thurs 30 May, 7pm. More details to come.

3 April 2019

I am grateful to Splice magazine and reviewer MacKenzie Warren for this amazingly in-depth assessment of This Paradise.

12 February 2019

I’m doing some short readings and a certain amount of celebration to mark the launch of This Paradise:
– Friday 1 March from 6.30pm at Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich. Fellow Boiler House Press author Jonathan Gibbs will also be reading. 
– Tuesday 26 March from 6.30pm at Bolton Live Literature, Bolton.I’ll be in conversation with Valerie O’Riordan.
– and Tuesday 2 April at the Star of Kings, London N1 with the whole Boiler House Press fiction crew: Jonathan Gibbs, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Ben Borek.

25 October 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT. Boiler House Press, based at UEA, are going to publish my collection This Paradise in March 2019.  I am beyond delighted to be working with this exciting publisher. Launch details etc to follow.

11 July 2018

In advance of my workshop in October, I had a chat with Frances at Spread The Word about self-censorship, how long writing can take, how we might get through stumbling blocks, and various related things… Video and transcript here.

9 June 2018

Early warning klaxon for a small-group workshop I’m doing on 11 October at The Albany, London SE8. The intention is to soothe and invigorate anyone fed up or frustrated with their fiction writing. Cheaper than going to a spa.  Details at Spread The Word’s website here.

21 May 2018

My story On Day 21, which was shortlisted in the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017, has just been published at that esteemed journal’s website.  Submissions are currently open for the 2018 prize.

21 November 2017 

I wrote a short blog post for the University of Huddersfield Press, arising from my recent work on a novel that’s full of “societal issues”.

4 November 2017

I have another piece up at Empty State magazine – non-fiction – The Screen on the Page.

1 November 2017 

For the benefit of those brave enough to attempt NaNoWriMo, Spread The Word have asked me to provide a few tips for embarking on the long voyage that is the novel.

30 October 2017

Announcing the appearance of my story We Are Part of This at the always interesting The Forge literary magazine. Many thanks to the editors.

28 September 2017

I am also truly delighted to say another short story of mine has been shortlisted for the renowned international Wasafiri Prize. Looking forward to the Prize event on 19th October.

14 September 2017

I am delighted to say a short story of mine has made it to the shortlist of the Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story Competition. Full results at the end of the month.

10 July 2017

Double good news this week. Firstly, Arts Council England have very generously awarded me a grant under their Grants For The Arts programme of funding, which will mean I can focus on completing the novel I’ve been working on for the last couple of years. It’s brilliant news and I’m truly grateful for this support. Secondly, a short story of mine, We Are Part of This, will be appearing soon in the super The Forge literary magazine.

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.


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