Brockley Max fundraising reading at Halloween


Here’s a snippet of audio of my reading of Red Dress, at the Brockley Max fundraiser at Halloween.

We raised around £200, but more is needed – If you’d like to support our local festival, there’s a crowd fund here

 

If you liked the audio, Red Dress is available to buy as an e-story from

Cut a Long Story along with other short stories by me.

Foundation myth -again!


Foundation Myth is getting out and about – this is the audio recording of a reading of Story Cities we did at the Old Rotal Naval College in Greenwich for Design Week. That was a lot of fun, there was a storytellers’ chair!

 

Myth is getting another outing on 11th December at 6.30pm alongside other Story Cities authors, Rosamund Davies, Evleen Towey, Jayne Buxton and Máire Owens; and winners of this term’s City Writes competition (TBA).

City125 Suite, 26-38 Whiskin Street EC1R 0JD TICKETS £10 in advance only

The venue is accessed via the Rhind building on St John’s Street, (big glass thing opposite the red brick one with the clock.) I’m sure they’ll have someone to direct people!

 

Hallowe’en at the Honor Oak


People who know me know that I don’t do horror. I hate creep and gore, and  I actively like bats, spiders and so on, and don’t appreciate them being demonised.

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Be that as it may, I am quite fond of a subtle ghost story, and I AM reading a small horror story, in company with other local writers for Hallowe’en.

Join us on 31st October at 7.30, upstairs at the Honor Oak pub, St Germains Road, SE23, for Frightful Yarns, in support of our local festival BrockleyMax.

This is a fundraiser, so ticketed, and £5 to get in. Advance tickets available here (with booking fee)

I’m sure there are tickets on the door too. Fancy dress optional.

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Come along for a tale of entrapment and revenge through the medium of dance.

Yes. Really, and No, I won’t be dancing… don’t be silly.

Story Cities – Foundation Myth


Story Cities is an Arachne Press project, bringing together 42 writers and 51 stories about the city – any city, every city, in flash of under 500 words.

The brief for the book was: no names, no recognisable landmarks, and to fit one of the themes – termini, transport, hotels, cafes, squares and parks, markets, main streets, side streets and crossroads.

When I started thinking about it, my reaction was, no, this isn’t what makes a city, it’s the people.

Here’s some video of my contribution to the book, Foundation Myth, read at Greenwich Book Festival, same story, slightly different take.

and at the book launch, at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, also in Greenwich.

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A Summer of Festivals


Early summer is the time for festivals in South London, and this year I am reading/ speaking at several

Hither Green Festival Saturday May 18th 7pm at one of my favourite venues,

Manor House Library, on  Old Road SE13 5SY

I will be reading from my novel in progress, The Bog Mermaid

alongside Joan Taylor-Rowan,  Rebecca Skipwith, Katy Darby, Kate Foley and Math Jones

FREE Readings of stories and poems based in the past – from the 17th to the 20th Century – life stories and imagined lives, followed by a fairly short discussion about writing from history – what inspired the piece, what research was needed, how was the story shaped by the facts and which got in the way – that sort of thing.

 

 

With my writing cronies WOOA we are at  BrockleyMAX Festival again this year, with stories at the Talbot pub, corner of Lewisham Way and Tyrwhitt Road, taking as our theme Hidden Corners.

We haven’t finalised who is reading, but probably Bartle Sawbridge, Neil Lawrence, Catriona Jarvis, Carolyn Robertson. And you can join in a very silly game after the break.

 

 

 

10am on Saturday 15th June (Flash Fiction Day) I am at Greenwich Book Festival for the first time, when I join my fellow editors Rosamund Davies and Kam Rehal for a pre-publication panel discussion on Story Cities at Room KW003 King William Court Greenwich University Old Naval College Park Row Greenwich SE10 9LS.

FREE, but we are assuming you will need at ticket, but they aren’t on the festival website yet.

As well as editing the book I have a tiny story in it, Foundation Myth, alongside 41 other writers. In the shops 13th June, you can buy it here now

STOP PRESS ! I just had a flash fiction accepted for Flash Flood Journal. Rising Dawn will feature on the journal at around 8.45 on 15th June (national flash-fiction day) not long before we talk about forthcoming Story Cities book of flash at Greenwich Book Fest at 10am!

This is a third outing for Rising Dawn, previously on Spelk and Story Friday

City Writes Mini Solstice Shorts


I will be reading The Midwinter Wife from Longest Night, at this term’s City Writes at Northampton Suite C, City University, Northampton Square EC1V 0HB on Thursday December 13th doors  6.30. the venue is quite a way from the entrance on Northampton square, so allow time to get up to it!

I will be joined by Katerina Watson, reading Threshold from Dusk, and singers Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd who will be singing my only ever musical composition, Cold Time, also from Longest Night, in a miniature Solstice Shorts Festival. I may also be talking about my writing, and about running Arachne Press.

There will also be readings from the winner’s of this term’s City Writes short story contest.

Tickets can only be bought in advance and are £10

THIS year’s Solstice Shorts Festival, 21st December, is Noon, and will start at noon, in six venues in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, London and Cork! We are crowd funding for the next 9 days, if you’d like to support it.

Stories out loud


I’ve been so busy over at Arachne Press that I’ve been neglecting my own blog.

SO a few things have happened, and will be happening.

TONIGHT (Friday 8/12/17)

I am reading part of The Midwinter Wife (from Shortest Day Longest Night at London Writers’ Eclective at Tottenham Court Road Waterstones. It’s in the cafe basement, 6.30-8.30

Hope to see some familiar faces!

Solstice Shorts is coming up, 21st December, 52 authors on 12 sites across the UK at DUSK That’s why I’ve been so busy! That, and launching Spellbinder, the second book in my mum’s trilogy of YA fantasy, The Naming of Brook Storyteller.

Recently I was interviewed on podcasting site Time for Cakes and Ale – have a listen.

Back in October, we were in Shoreham for their Word Fest, with Liberty Tales and Songs of Protest, which meant I was hosting, reading and singing alongside a sliver of Vocal Chords Choir.

And also in October, at Archway  With Words, I read Mirror. (from Lovers’ Lies) It’s the first time I’ve read it myself, usually I get an actor to read it for me.