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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday was quite a bewildering day for me. I dropped Inka off at nursery and was stuck in a traffic jam on the way home, when my phone pinged with a message from my sister-in-law. She was letting me know about a review of The Trees from the Herald Scotland. Which obviously I couldn’t read, because I was slogging my way through the traffic, but as soon as I was parked I got to it. The review said: The Trees is a stunning and vivid examination of the relationship between humans and the environment in which they live. Violent, beautiful, devastating … Read More