The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy

So the plan today was to fly out to Dublin, around about 3.15 this afternoon for Worldcon - a plan that has been scuppered by illness, rendering me duvet-bound within the cosy confines of my home, gazing at the grey drizzly skies outside. On the one hand, I'm gutted to be missing out on what… Continue reading The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy

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The Devil is in the Distractions

“ — you know, I’ve either had a family, a job, something has always been in the way” Charles Bukowski wrote these words at the opening to his poem, Air and Light and Space and Time more than twenty years ago. And it’s a fun poem - dry, caustic, chatty; typical Bukowski really, taking irreverent aim at… Continue reading The Devil is in the Distractions

On the Beauty of the Tree

Every so often you come across words – a passage of literature, a quote, a pithy aphorism – that perfectly capture some truth inside of you; a long-held belief, an inward conviction, a sentiment so true it resonates, it seems, in every cell of your being like a well struck chord. For me, I’ve perhaps… Continue reading On the Beauty of the Tree

A Brief History of Africa

'If poverty springs so readily to our minds when we think about Africa, how much do we really know about it? In 1960 a bloody civil war broke out in Congo soon after its colonizer, Belgium, beat a hasty retreat from the territory. Within months its young, radical, and idealistic prime minister, Patrice Lumumba, was… Continue reading A Brief History of Africa

Why Comic Books Are the Future

So... comic books. An oft maligned artform. Juvenile to some. Geekish to others. Often regarded as the crass and tacky little brother to more 'serious' formats for storytelling - films, novels, theatre etc. And so how happy was I to stumble upon the quirky, fun and yet (impressively) illuminating YouTube channel, Comic Book Girl 19,… Continue reading Why Comic Books Are the Future

No School Like the Old School?

"What we’re entering is a world in which we can’t even tell our students what they should know 5 years from now. Because in fact we’re entering a world where the average half-life of a skill is moving from about 30 years to 5 years." This is a quote from a commencement speech delivered at… Continue reading No School Like the Old School?

The Durban Book Launch

Well... where to begin. There are all kinds of words I could use to try to describe the experience that was the Durban Book Launch of Lost Gods, and absolutely all of them will sound hyperbolic to anyone who wasn't there - transcendent, incredible, life-affirming - that kinda thing. But it's all true. It was… Continue reading The Durban Book Launch

The Night That Was…

There are simply no words to describe how beautiful a thing it was to celebrate the release of Lost Gods this past weekend. So, if the old adage is true and an image is worth a thousand words, what price moving images? Surely no better way to capture what was an incredible evening of fun,… Continue reading The Night That Was…

Lost Gods Launch Night

So yeah... I guess I wrote a book. Which - lucky soul that I am - is being published by Angry Robot Books and will be in shops for people to read and everything, July 5th. And, seeing as this isn't something that's ever happened to me before, I thought it'd be remiss not to… Continue reading Lost Gods Launch Night

Creating Legends

Sooo... my very first time doing an author interview. I'll admit I was a tad nervous but Anton Marks was the perfect host. We sat down on a typically wet and chilly Manchester evening to discuss life, family, culture, writing, and my soon to be released debut novel, Lost Gods. And, I have to say,… Continue reading Creating Legends