Reading at Mostly Books, Abingdon – 16th March


Just a reminder that I’m going to be reading at Mostly Books in Abingdon next Wednesday, 16th March, at 7.30pm.  They’ve got just a few tickets remaining, so do come along and see me if you’re in the area. Info and tickets can be found here –



Hans King of Pigs

One of the reasons I’m really excited about The Trees being published is that it contains four of my drawings.  Soon I’ll upload several more of the pictures I drew for it, but in the meantime I’ve tidied up and compiled lots of old ones in the Drawings section of this site.  You can see them all via the link in the menu.

The Trees Arrive

AliThe Trees


My daughter and I are painting when the knock comes.  Inka is two years old, and learning to splodge spots and stripes onto the paper.  I am trying to paint a picture of a troll, in fluorescent colours with a brush thicker than my thumb.  I get up and hurry to the door and it’s a courier, dressed like he’s in the military (why do delivery companies costume all their staff like bomb disposal experts?).  After signing for the package he hands me, I return to Inka feeling strangely nervous.  This all takes some forty seconds – ample time, it … Read More

The Final Proof

AliOn Writing, The Trees

I mentioned last week that I’d just completed the second draft of my next book (I’m going to need a codename for this project, aren’t I? I don’t think I’m ready to share the actual title just yet).  I’d worked hard to get it finished by the end of September and felt pleased to have met my own deadline, but it felt strange to complete it at the same time as the final proof of THE TREES. For those who are interested, the process of editing a book for a publisher goes something like this: Your principal editor goes through the novel and suggests alterations. You … Read More

My Next Book & My Next

AliThe Trees

I’ve just finished typing up the second draft of my fourth novel.  Trying to decipher my own handwriting made my eyes ache, but I’m pleased with what I’ve done.  I started this thing back in April, when I was enormously grateful to receive an Arts Council grant to allow me to do so.  Since then I’ve been working away at it as fast as I can, in between looking after my little daughter, and am soon to embark on draft three.  Now that I’ve made some progress I’ll be sharing some of the writing experience here.  I’m going to have to figure out how to talk about it … Read More