News

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.

Thanks to Eric Page at GScene Magazine for this great review! GSCENE JUNE 2013 Book review: 'The Palace of Curiosities' - Eric Page Cast out by Victorian society, eve and Abel find succour from an unlikely source. They soar to fame as The Lion Faced Girl and The Flayed Man,…
I'm delighted to be guesting on The Verb - BBC Radio 3! Date – 21th June 2013 Time – 22.00 – 22.45 Here's the science... · Tune in to 90-93 FM · I'll be reading my new short story, commissioned for BBC Radio 3 The Verb's season of Mid-Life Fairy…
Two new blog interviews / reviews about the launch of The Palace of Curiosities – and how long it's taken to get here. First up: Tim Diggles - Legend – Rosie Garland (aka Rosie Lugosi) ‘What has always amazed me is that you have so many different aspects to your work.…
Blimey! I'm being used as the poster girl for next week's (sold out) Literary Death Match event The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. This event is sold out but you can sign up for the waitlist - as tickets become available you will be contacted: Waiting List Here's the lineup…
Nice review for my recent workshop for Manchester Literature Festival - Postcards from the Past. Stories from the city, stories from the sea Postcards From The Past Workshop, Saturday 11th May, 2-4.30pm, Stanley Suite, The Midland Hotel Words by Desmond Bullen. Long before the supposed modishness of flash fiction, prior…
Female authors lead Desmond Elliott Prize longlist http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22280049 ''The longlist for the sixth Desmond Elliott Prize, which honours the best in debut fiction, has been unveiled, with seven of the 10 novels by women. The nominees include Beatrice Hitchman, Anna Raverat, Sarah Ridgard, Goth singer Rosie Garland and poets Ros…
Dealing with the internal critic Or A 12-Step Programme for Coping with Mavis I have a voice in my head. It never says anything nice. It undermines any attempt I make to write. Examples of the things it says are you're a fraud, you'll never amount to anything and who…
The Palace of Curiosities is number one in the Waterstones hardback fiction chart! This is amazing news. Picture snapped 16th April 2013 at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. If you look VERY closely there's a black sticker on each cover, reading 'Signed By The Author'.
However many readings I've done (and I've done plenty over the *ahem* years) this one was different. This was The Big One. I was so nervous I couldn't sit still. Seventy tickets pre-sold, and 30 more folk turned up on the night. The room was packed: standing room only. I…
The countdown for the launch of The Palace of Curiosities has not merely commenced, it's gone from 'this month' to 'in a fortnight'. Friends are aware that I'm excited. Like duh! Excited seems a mundane, workaday word to describe how I feel. This is bigger than every night before Xmas…
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