05 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Right, that darn 2016 is finally over and I'm back at my desk here at Words & Fixtures Towers, working on a number of projects, including a collaborative piece with the inimitable Fat Roland, host of Bad Language. This brand-new work is for the North by North West Poetry Tour, curated by the Enemies Project (aka poet SJ Fowler) and Zimzalla (aka Tom Jenks of The Other Room experimental poetry night). Check out my write-up on the tour over on Creative Tourist. Fats and I will be performing the specially created story at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on Saturday 14 January, on a bill alongside lots of great talent from round these parts. Check out the Enemies Project website for the line-up here. It's free in, so hope to see you there!


21 November 2016

More words in the 'burbs!

It's been a busy old time lately, with performances and workshops as part of Scribble Festival, Transition Festival and Live From Worktown Festival, and trips far and wide to spread the live literature love, including to Bury and Bolton. I'm pleased, also, to have had a short-short story accepted for the third Live From Worktown anthology, which launches on 8 December, 5pm, at Bolton Waterstone's. It's a companion piece to a story published in The Bolton Review earlier in the year.


10 October 2016

Words and festivals

Just got a shiny new poster for the Scribble Festival, which is taking place on Sunday 6 November and Monday 7 November at the delightful Chapter One bookshop on Lever Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter. At 2pm on the Sunday, why not join me and Sawn-off Tales author David Gaffney for a creative writing workshop, Q&A and reading - all for free? Then later on, there's a poetry slam with a cash prize. Find out more about everything that's going on here.



On Saturday 19 November, we'll be in Bury town centre, performing in a giant Bakelite radio (I kid you not) at Transition festival (formerly Bury Light Night). For our special Verbose appearance, David is running a flash fiction workshop 6-7pm, then he'll be joining us on stage until 8.30pm, with performances featuring me plus other purveyors of fine flash fiction Billy Cowan, Nija Dalal-Small, Joe Daly, Kate Feld, Tamsin Macdonald and Fat Roland. More here

The regular Verbose, by the way, is back on Monday 24 October, with horror stories and tales of the uncanny from Claire Dean, Nicholas Royle and Conrad Williams, plus poetry and prose on the open mic. More here.

08 September 2016

Words back in the 'burbs

OK, so there's been a bit of a hiatus over the summer, but words will soon be back in the 'burbs, first with The Word at Home cafe in Didsbury next Thursday, then with Verbose at Fallow cafe in Fallowfield the Monday after. Excited about both - will be reading on the open mic at The Word, with the lovely Lara Williams (pictured) headlining, then happy to be hosting Michael Conley, Rosie Garland and Rachel Mann at September's Verbose, as we showcase the work of Bare Fiction magazine.

Check out my preview of The Word on Creative Tourist here. That's the other news - I'm now Literature Editor of Creative Tourist, so do keep me up to speed on what's going on books and spoken word wise.


Oh, and news just in... the next Speakeasy in Stretford is on Thursday 6 October, 7.30pm at the Sip Club - special National Poetry Day outing. See here for more.

11 July 2016

In Other news...

Next week, I'm honoured to have been asked to read at The Other Room, excellent experimental poetry night, and The Other, excellent experimental poetry and prose night. Both are at 7pm in the Northern Quarter. The Other Room is on Wednesday at The Wonder Inn and The Other is on Thursday at Apotheca. See you there…