Reading, Writing and Talking: find me online

I do a lot of talking and sometimes get around to writing stuff as well. Here are links to stories, interviews, guest blog posts and podcasts.


Another podcast, this time for Living Cycle, the podcast channel for Burscough Community Farm.


The Writing Life is a radio programme run by students at Lancaster University, and I recorded this podcast with them.


I turned up in Lancashire Life, talking about the road to publication and the influence of place on my writing.


Here’s an interview with the lovely Rebecca Mascull.


I wrote a post for Writer’s and Artist’s about keeping perspective when it comes to reviews.


Here’s a guest blog I did for Just Write, where I talk about how much I love bloggers.


The journey towards publication, for the Curtis Brown Book Group.


I profiled one of my favourite novellas for The Novella Award here.


Here’s a piece about how living on a boat helps with the creative process: Women Writers, Women’s Books.


I have great fun writing things for the marvellous Manchester Literature Festival. Here are the links to some of my posts:


Jami Attenberg and Lisa Klaussmann

Kate Clanchy

Mark Z Danielewski

Rachel Cooke

Jo Nesbo


As part of Manchester History Festival, Blackwell’s Bookshop ran an event, Ruined, where  local writers were commissioned to tell a story about one of Manchester’s lost buildings. My story, Finding Mitchell Street, is here at RainyCityStories.


Manchester Climate Monthly ran a short story competition in 2013 on the theme of Manchester in the future, and I was a runner up. Here I am with judge Liz Jensen, overall winner Jennie Bailey, and fellow runner up Dan Carpenter. You can read my story, Choice, here.



Paraxis is a fab online journal, which publishes really excellent short stories. So I was delighted when they picked one of mine. You can read At the End of Summer here.

I had a great time last year working on the Notes into Letters project run by the Royal Philharmonic Society.  One part of it involved listening to a mystery piece of music once a week for 4 weeks, and then writing a response without listening again. My story, Sostenuto, can be found here. To get the full experience, listen to Smetana’s String Quartet No.1 in E Minor, 3rd movement, “Largo Sostenuto” whilst you read it!

The second part of the project, The Concert Experience, meant I got tickets to live concerts at the Bridgewater Hall, listening to the amazing Halle Symphony Orchestra. My story from this, Finding Who You Are, is here.

Over on the lovely What Kate Did Next blog, you can find me being interviewed by Kate Lord Brown about finishing my novel and getting a publishing deal.