10 July 2017

Science and fiction and other stuff

So, Manchester International Festival is in full swing, and I've managed to snaffle some comps and have had my first MIF 2017 event review published on Manchester Confidential. It was for the world premiere and for-one-night-only concert-come-film Last and First Men, at The Bridgewater Hall; created by Johan Johansson and adapted from the sci-fi novel by Olaf Stapledon. This book, I noted happily, was at the Blackwells pop-up store at bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank (pictured), which I went to yesterday, courtesy the Centre for New Writing. You can read all about what I thought of Last and First Men here.

22 April 2017

Re/Place(d) - site-specific storytelling

New creative writing project Re/Place(d) just launched! Read all about it here.

18 April 2017

Word search

Manchester's best avant garde poetry night, The Other Room, recently celebrated its ninth birthday, with a temporary shift of venue to the King's Arms in Salford in order to accommodate a choir. There were noises, repetition and bubbles, as in the kind kids blow about. The rather excellent event also saw the launch of the experimentalists' ninth anthology, which brings together work contributed by all the artists who have performed at The Other Room over the last year, including yours truly. Loving the word search-inspired cover. Get a copy here. One third of TOR organisers, Tom Jenks, will be reading at the official launch of David Gaffney's new novel, All The Places I've Ever Lived, on 18 May at The Wonder Inn. See more here.

21 March 2017

Funny flash fiction, haha

Just out! The Funny Bone anthology has been published by Flash: The International Short-short Story Press. It includes 60 flashes by 60 authors (including yours truly plus David Gaffney, Tania Hershman, Vanessa Debbie, Nik Perring, Lydia Davis, Roddy Doyle... oh I could go on). Feel rather honoured to have been asked to submit alongside some amazing flash fiction pioneers. Profits go to Comic Relief - order a copy here: http://www.chester.ac.uk/flash.fiction/press

03 March 2017

Parks and recreation

It may be mizzling as I post this link, but my trusty Met Office app reckons the weather's going to buck up over the weekend, perfect for getting a bit of fresh air. Here is a guide I've just written for Creative Tourist, picking out some of the parks and gardens we have in the Rainy City. Feel free to use it. You're welcome. (Pictured below: Didsbury Park.)