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Blog tour for I KNOW MY NAME

The blog tour for I KNOW MY NAME commences tomorrow, Mon 12th June, with a spot on #northern#crime. The tour schedule is here – I’m looking forward to chatting with you all!  

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New book is almost here…..

It’s just under 1 month now until my new novel, I KNOW MY NAME, comes out in the UK in both paperback and audiobook (though the ebook is available now!), and today my editor sent me a finished paperback. It is EXQUISITE. I am so happy with the cover, the production quality, the blurb… These things are important. We agonised …

Your Mother’s Day Gift is Right Here

Please forgive the brevity of this post, but I had to post about the Writing Motherhood anthology, which has just been published and is discounted by 30% until 26th March. If, like me, you are mentally somewhere around mid-December last year, and the concept of 26th March is still light years in the future, BE WARNED: it’s actually 5 days away. Click …

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Coming soon….

It’s just five days now until the release of the Writing Motherhood anthology, published by Seren and packed with poems, essays, and interviews on the relationship between motherhood and writing. If you live near London, UK, the launch is on Fri 9th June at the Flying Horse on Oxford St from 7-9pm, with readings by Rebecca Goss, Liz Berry, Fiona Benson and others. If …

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2016 Round-Up

I’m not alone as I wave 2016 a very earnest farewell. It is what it is, and I hold no malice for anyone whose political viewpoints differ from mine. We are in a mess right now, and it will take resistance and love, not resentment, to put it right. am very glad to live near the beach – it helps me keep …

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Writing Motherhood Anthology

******COVER REVEAL!**** This is the cover for the Writing Motherhood anthology which is being published in March 2017 by Seren. The book comes on the heel of my Arts Council-funded Writing Motherhood tour throughout 2014/15 and presents poems, essays and interviews by 80 female writers in the UK and US such as Sharon Olds, Carol Ann Duffy, Emma Donoghue, Sarah …

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Durham Book Festival event

My residency at the Northern Poetry Library has now come to an end. It’s been a great project. I worked with two groups – a school and a community group, both in Northumberland, UK – over a period of months, running writing sessions and then finally putting together group poems for the anthology, as well as writing my own commissioned …

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Northern Writers Awards

  Last night I had the privilege of attending the 2016 Northern Writers Awards at the Great Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. These awards are held annually by New Writing North to recognise writing talent in the North of England, and each year they have a different panel of judges. Last year I finished one of my first short stories and tried to …

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New Works in Progress

I’ve spent the last year working on some new projects and am almost, almost at the stage of seeing that hard work pay off. Some new poetry is emerging, mostly inspired by the 19th century feminist and social activist Josephine Butler, as I’ve been poet in residence at the Northern Poetry Library which houses some works on Butler, and also she …

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Currently in Crete

As the title of this post states, I’m in Crete and so this will be brief, but I wanted to touch base and write about what I’m doing out here. A few months back the Society of Authors was kind enough to give me a K Blundell Award, which funded a wee research trip out here in Crete, which is where …