Always Another Twist – Novella News

IMG_1017-003I’m absolutely delighted to blog today with copies of my new novella Always Another Twist on the desk beside me!!!

On Saturday, I read from the novella for the first time for the Birmingham Literature Festival Mantle Lane Press Showcase at Birmingham REP’s The DOOR and the book is officially published/released by Mantle Lane Press tomorrow (April 30) on the website here.

Meanwhile, I’m delighted to share this audio snippet from the start of the novella.

Extract 1: ‘Betrayal always has a name, Julie sees that now. This name as familiar as a best friend’s or partner’s. But, once betrayal has a name..’

 
Another Twist cover
 

How To Grow Matches – News & Reviews

It was great to read from How to Grow Matches again at the V. Press Stablemates in London on Wednesday, as well as plenty-fish (Nine Arches Press).

A poet friend has also done some beautiful Mexican-Spanish translations ahead of next month’s local launch. The translation of ‘Forget Beef, Forget Chicken’ seems particularly apt given the poem’s Spanish omelette and:

“Throw this in the pan’s sizzle.
Let pale cubes of potato fry
in these fiery Spanish juices.”

Copies of the pamphlet are available from Against The Grain Press here.

Reviewing

Recently, I realised that reading for pleasure was losing out to work demands, often falling to the bottom of the priority list when up against deadlines. Although I shouldn’t need permission to read, justifying this time is hopefully going to be a lot as easier now that I’ve joined the reviewing team at Riggwelter.

Other Publication News

My other recent publications include:

‘When It Sleets’ (cli-fi flash) in It Came From Beneath the Waves, a strange sea-tale anthology from Mantle Lane Press, which I also read from at the Birmingham Literature Festival Mantle Lane Press Showcase on Saturday;

My flash fiction ‘Collecting Pylons‘ on Spelk in April 2018;

A cli-fi/sci-fi short fiction ‘The Last Red Cherry‘ on Cabinet of Heed, Science Fiction Special, issue 7 in April 2018.

I’m also really pleased to have had a nature/environmental/writing/reading/workshop/haiku-inspired article ‘Nature Caring and Sharing – #100kindsofhappy’ accepted for publication in the National Association of Writers in Education’s summer or autumn issue of Writing in Education magazine.

Meanwhile, my poem A Planet Where is to be included in the Words for the Wild print anthology due out this summer.

Forthcoming Events

Thursday, 10 May – Worcester SpeakEasy Guest Poet

I’m guest poet at May’s Worcester SpeakEasy, the monthly spoken word event of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe. At Cafe Bliss, Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome St, Worcester WR1 1UH. 7.30pm start.

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Saturday, 19 May, 2018 – Park’s Cafe, Droitwich – How to Grow Matches – A Live Lit Celebration

A launch that’s more like a celebration – for How to Grow Matches (poetry), hopefully Always Another Twist (novella) and spoken word, strong women and fabulous writers generally. More details on this to be revealed in April – featuring guest poets, an open mic with prizes and more!

Time & venue: 7-9.30pm, Park’s Cafe, 4 Victoria Square, Droitwich WR9 8DS