Living on the Edge

I grew up with a form of identity confusion. My family home was in Northwood, in the former postal county of Middlesex, a region on the Northwest edge of Greater London. “Middlesex” belonged to London. But we had a Hertfordshire phone number. We lived on a quiet street. But 50 yards from a fairly busy … Continue reading Living on the Edge

Editing, Mentoring and Teaching

The following is a list of the various services I offer to writers and organisations. Please send an enquiry via my Contact page, outlining all the details of the project you would like help with. Editing and Manuscript Feedback – help to make your fiction and poetry publication-ready. Mentoring – a mix of Manuscript Feedback … Continue reading Editing, Mentoring and Teaching

Frankenstein in the 21st Century….

For fans of Mary Shelley / Frankenstein, and any literature lovers curious about this masterpiece of Gothic / Romantic literature / science fiction in its 200-year anniversary: If you’re within reach of Frome, Somerset, on Saturday November 17th, I’m teaching a workshop on Mary Shelley’s novel, at the Cheese and Grain from 10 a.m. to 1 … Continue reading Frankenstein in the 21st Century….

Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Venn Diagrams

At the recent Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol, I had the pleasure of co-presenting a short workshop with the writer Carrie Etter about the relationship between flash fiction and prose poetry. It’s a topic that fascinates me – two forms that are close to my heart. During our presentation, we talked about some of their … Continue reading Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Venn Diagrams

An Artistic Temperament?

An Artistic Temperament? The third section of Three Men on the Edge (I’ll get to the second section next time), is a sequence of 36 micro-fictions called ‘Chewing Glass’, and it revolves around the life of Martyn. Martyn is a young, melodramatic and impotent artist in love with his best friend Anja, and probably too … Continue reading An Artistic Temperament?

Why Clowns Have Never Been Funny

When did clowns stop being funny? Some trace a change back to Stephen King’s 1986 novel It (adapted into a TV miniseries in 1990 and a film in 2017), where a malignant being disguises himself as a clown called Pennywise and terrorises neighbourhoods. It spawned a generation of cultural imitators, not to mention real-life counterparts … Continue reading Why Clowns Have Never Been Funny