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.

Learn from me!


I don’t generally promote my teaching, because the course is usually oversubscribed (I take no credit for that, it was oversubscribed before I took it on!)

However, I have proposed an experiment to City, University of London, and they have agreed to try it out.

We are going to run An Approach to Creative Writing as a summer school, so instead of ten weeks of 2 hours in an evening, it will be one week of 2 x 2 hour sessions, during the day. This is aimed at people who like to concentrate their learning!

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So from Monday 23rd July for 5 days you can immerse yourself in everything to do with writing fiction at An Approach to Creative Writing Summer School .  Booking open now.

We will work mainly on short stories (including flash), exploring inspirations, characters, plots, themes, narrative voice, point of view, dialogue and so on, but with some exploration of how to approach longer work, including planning and structure and looking after yourself. Depending on the interests of the group we will cover writing for performance, specific genres and possibly life writing – You will get the course tailored to the people who attend, as far as humanly possible!

There is room for 20 people, and if the weather is good, the university, which is on Northampton Square, between Clerkenwell and Islington, has little gardens dotted about that we can sit out in for lunch.

I did some research with former students before putting this idea to the university, but it is still a bit of an unknown as to whether people will want to learn like this, but if evenings are not for you, this is a possible alternative.

We kick of at 10.15, take a lunch hour at 12:15 and finish at 15.15 to avoid the rush hour as far as possible, so that you arrive relaxed and go home energised to write something for your homework (entirely optional).

If you have been thinking about doing a creative writing course, and you like your learning in focussed bursts, this might be right up your alley.