Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Hound Tor
The lovely people at Cyprus Well are posting fiction podcasts by writers who live in the South West. Their first episode includes an extract from my forthcoming novel. (Follow this link, click on Writer Bites One, then scroll forwards to 33:19.) I chose this section to read as it captures much of the novel's aesthetic heart, namely its setting - the uplands of Dartmoor. Apologies if I sound a little nasally: tis the pollen season.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


I've been running an online short story course for a few months now, looking at the story's component elements, teasing out a little of the craft behind the art. It's had a great response and it's wonderful to see students go on to achieve success. And I'm now delighted to have teamed up with friend and author Zoe Lambert, who will be my fellow tutor, bringing her own interpretations and talents for this most exciting and intense literary form. The course largely takes the form of workshops, with weekly exercises and set reading. Students can interact on the site's forum, providing feedback on each other's work, and there is detailed analysis of your work by the tutors.

Have a look at the site, see what you think. (I built it myself, but using an idiot-proof template.) If you think you might fancy the course, or want to know a little more about it, come and ask. Study is done from home and in your own time.