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.

Shortlisted! WHQ FLASH QUARTERLY 2019: ROUND 1


Knock me down with a feather, I got shortlisted with a bit of flash. Thanks to Writers’ HQ and congrats to the other shortlistees and the winners.

Demonstrating Change

This was an unintentionally topical story, written a while back. For those of us of a certain age, demonstrating, even on the streets of London was not always the comfortable, sunny,  polite, almost-police-free day out it has been recently. The last 3 marches I’ve been on it has hardly felt worthwhile to start a chant, everyone is having such a lovely time. It was not always like this and I have been on marches like the one in the story when it got quite scary and there were snipers on the roofs.

And I have heard Flamenco rhythms cut right through everything else, so that people knew who is being applauded and why.

So, none of it is true, and all of it is true.

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.

 

Brockley Max – urban myths


Here’s a recording of me reading Algorithms, written specifically for the Urban Myths event at Brockley Max last night, which showcased the work of my fellow WooA writers.

Still recovering from an epic evening of communal writing!

Liberty Tales Lewisham videos


Videos of the Lewisham Library launch for Liberty Tales, with a snippet from Knitting for Demons… hmm. Reblogging recordings and videos doesn’t work! That’s annoying. I’ve uploaded my video, for the rest, follow the link to the original.

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Welcome to the Liberty Tales Lewisham videos (yes, I got the video to work!), not posted until now because I was too busy doing other events!

so here are:

David MathewsBorder Country

Jim CoganLag

Cherry PottsKnitting for Demons

Liam Hogan The King’s Computer

Incidentally, each time I post a snippet of video or audio, it will be a different pieces, so you can search around for more of the piece without repetition.

On which subject TODAY at 5pm, you can catch Katy Darby, Cassandra Passarelli, Liam Hogan and Carolyn Eden reading at Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX from 5pm, and if you buy a book they’ll sign it for you.

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Solstice Stories at Story Fridays & Greenlanders at Liars’ League

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Great fun at Bath’s Burdall’s Yard reading for Solstice  at Story Fridays. You can listen to my story, Midsummer Morris Marathon and the other stories here.

And here’s the video of Tim reading Greenlanders at Liars’ League. It’s been a busy week!