What a week…

Last Friday I swapped contracts with Murky Depths for my short story ‘Whisperer’ which will appear in their November issue (#18). Now I feel like a proper writer! I’m still very excited about appearing in Murky Depths because it’s such a gorgeous looking magazine (and it’s British!). You can still buy a copy of their latest  issue (#16) for just £6.99 and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed…titillated maybe, but not disappointed. 😉

Monday I received an email from Daily Science Fiction with the offer that they would like to publish my short story ‘Silver Sixpence’. This is my first sale to a professional market! ‘Silver Sixpence’ is a hard/mundane science-fiction story featuring some solid Einsteinian physics.

There was a fair amount of research involved in this story – perhaps my favourite was reading various Space Shuttle launch transcripts.

Wednesday I read my short story ‘Five-A-Day Friends’ at the Bolton Octagon theatre as part of their Creative Writing Showcase. It was a very strange experience standing on a stage in the bright lights, but it was great fun! Great work by Jenny Martin, Adam Martin, Tatiana Koutsokoumni, Joanne Powell and Laurette Evans for organising the event (apologies if I missed anyone off that list).

I’m looking forward to attending (and perhaps reading at) more of these events in future.

Last night (Thursday) I read my flash-fiction story ‘Metagurneypunk’ at the Flash Mob Writing Competition at the Dulcimer in Chorlton. What a fantastic evening! I finally got to meet some of the people I’ve been stalking on Twitter and Facebook. The networks are still rumbling with the aftershocks. Congratulations to the extremely worthy winners and here’s hoping for a repeat of the event in the future. I’ve heard a rumour that a podcast should be available at some point – I’ll post again when it’s available. The eBook should be available soon.


A loud round of applause to the organisers: Sarah-Clare ConlonDave HartleyTom MasonFat Roland and Benjamin Judge. I particularly enjoyed the exquisite corpses – there’s an online version here if you didn’t get enough last night.

Readings: May 2011

Next week I’ll be out and about reading my work at two different venues on two consecutive nights. At this rate I’m going to need an agent! Well, maybe not.

On Wednesday 25th May I’ll be reading Five-A-Day Friends at the Bolton Octagon theatre. Yes, for those of you familiar with this story, this is the one with the pumpkin! 🙂

The event is being run by Bolton University as part of their Creative Showcase featuring two evenings of poetry and prose. The event will take place during the evenings of the 25th and 26th May (that’s next Wednesday and Thursday) running from 7.30pm to around 9.30pm. You can come along to watch and listen for just £1. What a bargain, just a quid to see us all squirm in terror!

Tickets will be available on the door or you can pre-order by phoning the theatre (01204 520661). I heard yesterday that they’ve already shifted fifty tickets – eek! fifty! (squeaky bum) – so it might be worth phoning if you want to guarantee your seat.

On Thursday 26th May I’ll be reading Metagurneypunk at the Dulcimer in Chorlton for the final of the Flash Mob Writing Competition. This is a competition being run as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival 2011. Yes, I was one of the lucky twelve to be short-listed – I’m still extremely giddy about it!

All twelve short-listed pieces should be read out during the evening – several of them by the authors themselves. If you can’t come along then you can listen to the live broadcast on Chortlon FM or wait for a copy of the eBook from Seabrooke Associates which will feature all twelve pieces of work.

If you’re able to come along to either event then please feel free to grab me and say hi. I’ll see you there!