News and Events 2019
May 2019 I’m thrilled to announce that my second novel, Greatest Hits, is published in the US this month by the wonderful Europa Editions, who famously broke the Elena Ferrante phenomenon in the US and beyond. This is always a particularly exciting moment for me because the US is a country very close to my heart – I […]
January 2019 In May this year, I’ll be teaching on my first residential Arvon course. The subject is Starting To Write, and I’ll be teaching alongside the amazing poet Ross Sutherland. (I know his work. He’s brilliant). To apply, and for more info, click here.
January 2019 This year I’ll be leading the six-month novel-writing course for Curtis Brown Creative, the writing school run by the prestigious literary agency. The course kicks off in February and runs until the summer. I’ll be working with a group of 15 students in weekly, London-based sessions, covering all aspects of novel-writing, and offering […]
Kath and I were originally down to visit the Drake Bookshop in Stockton (the hometown of my dear friend Matt, as it happens) back in June, but we had a little car prang and had to postpone. So Kath and I will now be doing our thing – combining readings from my novel Greatest Hits, […]
June 2018 I’m delighted to announce that I’m joining the teaching team at Curtis Brown Creative, the writing school run by the leading London literary agency. I’ll be teaching three sessions as part of the six-month course led in autumn 2018 by Simon Wroe, and teaching my own six-month course from February 2019. Check out […]
Kathryn Williams and I will be heading to Corbridge in Northumberland (not too far from Kath’s home in Newcastle, and apparently a very beautiful place that I’ve never had the opportunity to visit) on Tuesday 19 June to perform songs and readings from Greatest Hits as part of Independent Bookshop Week. The event will kick […]
June 2018 I’m always fascinated by how the various translated editions of my novels turn out – the titles and covers each publisher chooses to render the novel’s themes in terms that make the most sense in that language and that country. So it was an absolute honour to travel to Paris with Kathryn Williams […]
On Saturday 12 May I’ll be taking part in a unique event at London’s Roundhouse, talking music and fiction and the borders between the two alongside three amazing musicians and authors – Colin Macintyre (aka Mull Historical Society), Kathryn Williams (of course!), and Kerry Andrew. Tickets are a fiver (bargain!) and available here.
March 2018 Greatest Hits is now out in paperback – it’s lighter, brighter, and cheaper, and it has a beautiful new yellow jacket. Kathryn Williams’s accompanying album is still available, of course, and if you’re lucky, you might catch it with a special-edition matching cover…
Another chance to hear my Christmas short story, Survivors, on BBC Radio 4, Saturday 23 December 2017, 3.45pm
December 2017 In 2016, the lovely folks at BBC Radio 4 commissioned me to write a short story on a festive theme. The story I came up with – Survivors, a tale of blended families surviving Christmas Day, read by the amazing Tamsin Greig – was first broadcast at Christmas 2016. And now, in 2017, you […]
In 2016, I had a great time addressing my first ‘Gliterary Lunch’ in Glasgow – a fantastic roomful of interesting women from across Scotland, brought together by their interest in both business and books. It’s such a great idea for an event, so I’m really happy to be heading to Edinburgh in 2017 with my […]
In October 2016, I spent a few days shut up in a house in Durham with a number of other authors and musicians, on a retreat that was to change my life. “Life-changing” is the kind of phrase that is often over-stated, but in my case, that creative experience really did change things for me. […]