Welcome to my news and occasional blog page.

My debut novel 'The Palace of Curiosities' (HarperCollins 2013) is available in all formats (hardback, e-book, paperback & audio). The same goes for my second novel, 'Vixen' (Borough Press, 2014). My next novel, 'The Night Brother', is published June 1st 2017 (Borough Press).

Support your local independent bookshop, if you are blessed enough to have one... or buy direct from HarperCollins. As the adventure progresses I will be posting details of reviews and other news right here.

My latest poetry collection, 'As In Judy' is available now from the publisher, Flapjack Press.


'Everything Must Go' is also available direct from the publisher, Holland Park Press.

Details of upcoming readings and events can be found on the 'Gig List' page – do click that tab for more info.

I'm struck by the number of people who see biblical overtones in The Palace of Curiosities (especially how I named the characters), and who suppose that was my intention. First up, there were no biblical intentions on my part. Secondly, if that's how you read the novel, that's absolutely fine…
I've been invited to be guest lecturer at the Creative Writing Department of Staffordshire University. It's a great honour. It's also open to interested members of the public – the date is Thursday 30th January 2-4pm. For details see the Gig List page. I shall be focussing on editing and…
The March Violets 'Made Glorious' tour 2013 is underway and ongoing! Taking in venues and events such as Antichrist (London), The Trades Club (Hebden Bridge), Un-Peeled (Preston), Corallo (Italy), Bannermans (Edinburgh), The Cluny (Newcastle), 02 Academy (Islington) & Whitby Goth Weekend – it's going to be a very busy month.…
I had a wonderful experience as guest reader at The Arvon Foundation! Lumb Bank in Heptonstall is a magical place – I've attended writing retreats there in the past, so it was a great honour to be invited to be guest reader. Lemn Sissay and Hannah Pool are amazing tutors:…
Many thanks to Cat Lumb for her blog review of The Palace of Curiosities paperback launch at the Manchester Museum for Manchester Literature Festival! Excerpt here: "When I asked her what had kept her going when it didn't seem like her book was ever going to be published she answered…
Really pleased to have an interview & feature in The Skinny this month! It's free to pick up in venues round Liverpool & Manchester during October, or click on the link below and go to 'current issues'. The Skinny - main website
I'm absolutely delighted to have won second prize in the Manchester Cathedral Religious Poetry Competition 2013! And coming second to such a great poet as Elizabeth Burns (who came first) is a particular honour. The three prize-wining poems and seven highly-commended poems will be published in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry…
The Palace of Curiosities is now available in paperback! Order it direct from HarperCollins here: Click this link to order Described as 'Bewitching' by Good Housekeeping. 'A jewel-box of a novel' - Sarah Waters.
As of 17th September 2013, ALL tickets for this event have been sold. Many apologies, and check out 'The Palace of Curiosities' event at Birmingham Literature Festival on October 5th.
The March Violets 'Made Glorious' Tour 2013. ALL dates - 10 gigs - are now confirmed. That should be it now... Please come along and have fun. Click on this link to buy tickets for any date!
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