Keith Douglas, 24th Jan 1920 – 9th Jun 1944


“I like you sir. You’re shit or bust, you are.” – Keith Douglas’ batman, to Keith Douglas. I was twenty three when I discovered the work of the Second World War poet Keith Douglas.  I’d just completed an English degree and was worn out with novels, so for a year I read only comics and poetry.  Good comics were easy to … Read More

Ray Bradbury

AliOn Writing, Recommendations, Uncategorized

Enough now. There you have it. There are one hundred stories from almost forty years of my life contained in my collected stories. They contain half the damning truths I suspected at midnight, and half of the saving truths I re-found next noon. If anything is taught here, it is simply the charting of the life of someone who started … Read More

Stars, Turned Inside Out

AliDrawings for Fairy Stories, Recommendations

The book industry’s an odd one.  About three weeks ago I finished handwriting the first draft of my third novel, which I’ve since been typing up to see what I’ve got on my hands.  In the meantime my second book, The Man who Rained, is at the printers being turned into something glossy and pretty and ready, come January, to … Read More