Edge-Lit 5, Saturday 16th July

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I’ll be appearing at Edge-Lit 5 on Saturday 16th July, taking part in a couple of exciting panels. First up, at 3pm, will be “The Others: What is the Continuing Draw of the Supernatural in Fiction?” Following that, at 4pm, will be, “The Truth About Writing: What’s It Really Like To Be a Professional Writer?” Both events take place at Derby QUAD (Derby DE1 3AS), along with loads more panels, workshops and talks. Tickets are available from Derby QUAD’s site. It would be a pleasure to see you there. Edge-Lit is the UK’s fastest-growing genre literature event returns for its fifth year! … Read More

I’ll be at York Explore on the 20th June

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The Trees event at York Explore

If you’re in or around the city of York on the 20th June, drop in to York Explore at 6.30pm to hear me talk about The Trees. I’ll be giving a reading and then chatting a bit about how I came to write the book, what I think it’s about, and what my influences are. You can book tickets and find out all of the details here. Hope to see you there.

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Details of some forthcoming appearances have been added to the Events page.  I’m going to be at York Explore Library on 20th June, Derby QUAD on 16th July, and Niddfest at Pately Bridge, near Harrogate, on 6th August.  Further info will be added as soon as I have it.

Drawings for The Trees (pt.2)

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Whisperer 17

I’ve uploaded a lot of drawings I made while writing The Trees. They’re all of whisperers, and can be seen via the Drawings link in the site menu. For a time I was sketching one of these every morning on a writing day, before beginning any work on the novel itself. My daughter had only just been born and life was chaotic (it still is). These helped me gather my thoughts together, pencil to paper before pen.

Drawings for The Trees (pt.1)

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Whisperer 1

I’ve kept trying to find time, in the fortnight since The Trees was published, to post some of the drawings I made while I was writing it. Time for a fight with my scanner, and a clean-up in Photoshop. I haven’t quite finished yet, but thought I’d post the four whisperers whose pictures appear in the book itself. The others will come a-creeping soon, I promise. These were just done with pencils and graphite sticks in a tiny, square-shaped sketchbook.  For a while I drew one whisperer in there every day, as a kind of exercise to help focus on the novel.