Two days ago I did something that terrified me. I joined the open mic at a reading where everyone in the room was starkers. Krissy Kneen, a friend and an author I've long admired, was the feature reader. I was one of the last to get up on the open mic—everyone was being so brave, reading … Continue reading An unforgettable festival moment
'What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust?' … Continue reading
I'm delighted to join the Kill Your Darlings team as a Literary Columnist for Killings for the remainder of 2015. My column will be: Investigations into and explorations of literature and writing: literary places, literary lives and works, literary terms and methods, authors’ obsessions and concerns. Sometimes creative, often personal. Read more here. I'll post links to each piece as … Continue reading Killings columnist
UPDATE: Published this then realised my blog turned EIGHT yesterday! I spent half the day in my pyjamas and wrote 1181 words which just tipped my WEIRD Scottish manuscript over 50,000 (rough) words. Last night I saw Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders and it rocked; I danced with a whisky in my hands and Jen … Continue reading What the wow
Two flash stories originally published in The Lifted Brow Digital are available to read online now. X
Recently, as we sat around having a few drinks after a book launch, the poet Jennifer Compton asked the question, ‘Do you find writing to be an erotic act?’. My instinctive answer was ‘yes’, but I’ve been thinking about it ever since. How did I interpret the question? And why was my answer so sure?Find … Continue reading Spark, flow, sigh: the erotics of body & mind on Killings
In which I defend highbrow lit-ra-cha!