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News

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. http://flapjackpress.co.uk

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'Everything Must Go' is also available direct from the publisher, Holland Park Press. http://hollandparkpress.co.uk

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

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!
Headlines' interview Really delighted to have a full-page interview in the autumn edition of 'Headlines' – the magazine of the Christie Hospital trust. I talk about how the experience of throat cancer changed my life – and how I have fought to get my voice back. Both creatively and literally...
'First person' - Stella Magazine 'Twisted Sister' Where I recall my seven-year ordeal at the hands of a female stalker. It took a long, long time - but I got my life back. With the help of friends, family and Greater Manchester Police. If anything I say in this article…
Just returned from a week on the Isle of Arran, Scotland... A week spent in the company of wonderful writers such as Gerry Potter, Mel Rees, Stevie Turner, John G Hall, Sarah Miller, Chanje Kunda, Steve Waling, Steph Pike, Anna Percy, Leanne Bridgewater, Charlotte Henson - and so many more…
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