‘Boost’ in Arabic

More international news from the self-help sphere – Boost is now available in Arabic! Here it is next to its brother and sister copies in other languages.
It’s been published by the Jarir Bookstore. This is the first book I’ve ever had translated into a language where the books read from right to left and it was extra fun to unwrap and flick through – as you can see form this video!
So, if you’re reading in Arabic, go ahead and give yourself a Boost – you can buy the book right here!

‘Sand’ on Tor.com this autumn

Yes, this is really happening – and I still can’t believe it! My short story ‘Sand’ is going to be published on the amazing sci-fi and fantasy website Tor.com this autumn. It will be edited by the wonderful Lee Harris, and will be free to read.

In their announcement of its upcoming publication, Tor.com described ‘Sand’ as a ‘heart-wrenching tale about generational trauma and healing.’ It’s a very special story to me personally, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s found such a wonderful home.

In the meantime, there’s a tonne of awesome stuff on the Tor.com website – it really is the go-to place for all things genre – so be sure to head over there and nose around if you haven’t already! ✨

Presenting at CW50 & EACWP Futures for Creative Writing Online Conference in May

I’m presenting ‘Shards of Ourselves: Exploring the role boundaries of teacher, editor and therapist in the age of anxiety’ at the CW50 & EACWP Futures for Creative Writing Online Conference, 21st-22nd May 2021:

Celebrating 50 years of Creative Writing at UEA, join UEA and the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes (EACWP) for 2 days of online workshops, panels, lectures and discussions.

This online conference seeks to bring together PhD research students, Creative Writing tutors and graduates, writers and scholars to explore the varieties of practice in our discipline now, the points of convergence and contention, and, crucially, the opportunities for future development and the forces that may shape the nature of writing in the academy over the next several years.

Central to the conference will be an acknowledgement of the importance of literature and drama in helping us navigate challenging moments in history.

I’m really excited to go as an attendee as well as a speaker – particularly for the keynotes from Bernardine Evaristo, Carolyn Forché, John Yorke and (one of my PhD supervisors and total legend) Andrew Cowan.

The whole thing will be happening online, so you can attend from anywhere in the world! Pick up your tickets here.

First academic book review in Green Letters

I’m having a very happy academic moment today: I’ve had my first academic book review published in the ASLE’s journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism!

‘Fragments from the history of loss: the nature industry and the postcolony’ by Louise Green was a totally fascinating read – constellations of detail are my new favourite thing. You can read the full review here.

‘The Burning Core’ published in The Cormac McCarthy Journal

I am just utterly delighted to say that my latest paper, ‘The Burning Core: Using Heraclitus’ concept of an arche of fire to examine humanity’s connection with nature in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road‘ has been published in The Cormac McCarthy Journal Vol.18.2. You can access my article directly here, and the full issue here.

This publication means an extraordinary amount to me: The Road was one of those seminal works of literature I came across as a teenager and I’ve read it cover to cover countless times. The binding is going on my copy, and it’s a real joy to finally have been able to express so much about why I love this book.

Thanks in particular to Stacey Peebles the journal’s editor, and the two mysterious peer reviewers who agreed this piece should be published – you’ve all reflected so much of my passion for the novel back to me and made the publication process easy and joyous.

Happy reading everyone! x

The Fairlight Book of Short Stories is here!

Today, I’m curling up with The Fairlight Book Of Short Stories Vol.1, which has just been published. I’m so excited to that my short story ‘The Cloud Loom’ has been included in this collection!

This new anthology comes from fab indie publisher Fairlight Books, who have previously published my stories ‘The Cloud Loom’ and ‘The Locust Theorem’ online. They are a fantastic publisher doing really wonderful things, and I couldn’t be more delighted to have been selected for this anthology alongside so many amazing authors – thank you Fairlight Team!

The book is now available and you can pick up a copy here.

‘Cohesive Plurality’ published by LOGOS and Fairlight Books

This news is a little publishing nerd moment for me: basically I love creative-critical writing. So, this piece is actually a two-part creative-critical piece – a story, and an essay, which have a symbiotic relationship.

In an awesome publishing collaboration, the essay half has been published in vol.31.2 of the journal LOGOS – while the story half has been published by the marvellous folks at Fairlight Books.

The whole piece is called ‘Cohesive Plurality: Exploring the relationship between resonance and the act of writing’.

‘Part 1: The Writer’s Internal Choir’ is accessible via an institutional login or subscription to the LOGOS journal, here.

And ‘Part 2: The Composer’ is free to read on the Fairlight Books website, right here.

Huge thanks to the editorial teams at LOGOS and Fairlight Books for first of all liking my work, and second of all liking this co-publication idea – it’s been really fun to work together!

Happy reading everyone x

Runner Up in Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar 2021 Competition

Sending big love to everyone and I hope you’re all staying safe and well in these unsettling times.

From the midst of Norfolk lockdown, I’ve had some pleasant poetry-related news: I was a runner up in the Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar 2021 competition, so one of my haiku will be in next year’s calendar!

They’re gorgeous calendars, I love them so much and I’m delighted to be included. If you’re really thinking ahead, you can pre-order your own calendar right here!

LET’S WORK TOGETHER!

I don’t often shout about this, but alongside my writing, I also take on freelance editing projects and writing/publishing consultation sessions. This week I’ve re-opened the doors to new projects – and I want to work with YOU!

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THE CLOUD LOOM will be in Fairlight anthology

As anyone who writes short stories will know, getting a publication is hard – but getting a story re-published is even harder! That’s why I’m really thrilled that ‘The Cloud Loom’ has been selected for publication in The Fairlight Book of Short Stories: Volume 1!

This new anthology comes from fab indie publisher Fairlight Books, who have previously published my stories ‘The Cloud Loom’ and ‘The Locust Theorem’ online. They are a fantastic publisher doing really wonderful things, and I couldn’t be more delighted to have been selected for this anthology alongside so many amazing authors – thank you Fairlight Team!

Today is the cover reveal of the new book, so without further ado, here we go…

The book is due out on 1st October, and for more information you can read The Bookseller‘s article on it right here.

IT’S HERE! Contemporary Publishing and the Culture of Books

It’s heeeeere! Contemporary Publishing and the Culture of Books is out now, edited by Alison Baverstock, Richard Bradford and Madelena Gonzalez, and published by Routledge – turn to page 237 for my paper on publishing and neoliberal economics.

This is my first ever proper academic publication and I’m so thrilled and happy – huge thanks to all the editors for finding my paper interesting enough to publish.

Happy reading publishing folks! X

Routledge publication: less than 1 week to go!

Much excitement at my end – there’s less than one week to go until my first official academic publication comes out!

My essay ‘Understanding our place: Publishing’s role in the reading ecosystem under neoliberal economics’ will be published in ‘Contemporary Publishing and the Culture of Books’ on 27th January by Routledge and I am so excited!

You can find out more about the book, the other enegaing and insightful essays in the collection, and the three marvellous editors Alison Baverstock, Richard Bradford, and Madelena Gonzalez right here.

Longlisted for the Trailblazer Awards 2020

Happy New Year everyone!

Here’s some nice 2020 news from me: I’m thrilled (and not a little amazed!) to have been longlisted for this year’s The London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards. What a wonderful list of people to be a part of – feeling a lot of publishing love and gratitude right now! Thank you, thank you!!

To see the full longlist, visit the marvellous BookBrunch.

This is the second time I’ve been longlisted, and it’s a really lovely thing to feel so valued by an industry I have such affection for!

Shortlisted for Museum of Haiku Literature Award!

Posting today with some SUPER exciting news from my poetry world!

Just got my copy of the The British Haiku Society journal Blithe Spirit 29.4 in the post and discovered that I’m one of the Runners Up for the Museum of Haiku Literature Award! Totally over the moon, what a nice thing to happen!

Huge thanks to Gary Hotham for shortlisting me and congratulations to the winner Dennis Tomlinson too.

Big love to all you poetry readers out there… Xx

UEA MA Prose Anthology Launch Reading

Super late notice but I’ll be one of the readers at TONIGHT’s UEA MA Anthologies launch in Norwich. It starts at 7pm in the UEA Drama Studio and is free to attend – just book here.

If you can’t make it, but you’re interested in the anthology or what I’ve been up to for the past year, one of my absolute heroes Henrietta Rose-Innes wrote a beautiful Foreword for this year’s Prose anthology which has now been featured on New Writing​. It’s a lovely read, and it also speaks to a lot of my own experiences of the last twelve months of friendship and writing, but with more clarity than I could ever manage!

Chairing Bettany Hughes event at Hostry Festival

Really thrilled to be chairing an event with one of my all-time favourite heroes Bettany Hughes for this year’s Hostry Festival!

A TALE OF THREE CITIES: ISTANBUL
2pm, Saturday 26th October 2019
At The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral
Tickets £15 (£12 conc)
BOOK NOW: https://hostryfestival.org/
Or via the Norwich Theatre Royal Box Office on 01603 598676

This is going to be a real treat for history nerds and literary types alike, and I hope to see you all there!

Also big thanks to the event’s supporters University of East Anglia (UEA), Jarrold, Norwich High School GDST and TCD Media.

Suspirium Viridae published in Ash Tales

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all having wonderful summers (or winters in the southern hemisphere!)

I just got back from my own summer holidays, to find that the fabulous folks at Ash Tales have published my flash fiction story Suspirium Viridae on their site! You can read it for free, online, right now, RIGHT HERE!

This is a melancholy story all about teenagehood, pandemic, apocalypse, anxiety, depression and breathing deep… and best of all, it will only take you five minutes to read.

It means a lot to me as a story, and I’m so grateful to Ryan at Ash Tales for taking the time to read and publish it. Ash Tales is an awesome publication, and I thoroughly recommend checking out the other stories on their site as well as their beautifully narrated podcast series.

Big love to you all – and don’t forget to breathe deep! x