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.


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