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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 …

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Two reviews and a giveaway

Last December, Eleanor Rees commented on Facebook that her poetry collection Blood Child (Liverpool University Press, 2015) hadn’t had any reviews. This is the frustrating part of writing – you can work harder than you’ve ever worked on a project, manage somehow to get it accepted by a great publisher, work yourself into a frenzy on the publicity racket, and then nobody …

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On Editing

This here’s a brief post on editing, Carolyn Jess-Cooke style. I’m obsessed with editing, at least the concept of editing. I’m obsessed with it because it’s so damn difficult. No one teaches you this, not really. And yet it’s the toughest part of the job. Right now I’m editing my new novel. I’ve found myself pacing around it over the …

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2015 Round-Up

I’m excited for 2016. This may not sound terribly rational, given the terrible floods just down the road from me and much, much worse to come on a global scale, but I am genuinely glad of the chance for a fresh start and a new perspective on things. 2015 was a great year. I left the terribleness of 2014 behind …

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Poet in Residence at Northern Poetry Library

When I moved to the north east of England 10 years ago, I was slightly beside myself to be based so close to the Northern Poetry Library in Morpeth. It’s a fantastic resource for anyone interested in poetry and I’m really pleased to be one of the poets in residence for the new digital platform. This will involve a huge …

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Mslexia Spotlight Poetry Evening

The wonderful Mslexia magazine is putting on an evening of poetry on Wednesday 23rd September at the Black Swan in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Doors open at 7.30pm and I’ll be reading with Gillian Allnutt, Linda France, and Aileen Ballantyne, winner of the 2015 Mslexia Poetry competition. More info here.  

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Free copy of creative writing article

Last month my first academic article in 8 years was published in New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. Usually access to these journals is via the University’s subscription (if you’re a student) or personal subscription, but GUESS WHAT? I get 50 free e-prints to share with you lovely people! The article is titled ‘Should Taught Creative …

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The Norwegian edition of THE BOY WHO COULD SEE DEMONS

Really pleased to share the Norwegian edition of The Boy Who Could See Demons – I think this might just be my favourite cover (although the Italian edition is a close runner-up). All of the foreign editions of my books are published by different publishers, and it’s been interesting to see how differently each publisher produces the book. I’m delighted with …

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2015 Belfast Book Festival

I’ve had a wonderful time at the Belfast Book Festival this week and am sad to be leaving tomorrow morning. This is just a quick recap of the past week or two – I’ll be posting a link to the TV interview I did for the Writing Depression project in a few days’ time – but in short I feel …