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04/12/2020: Beyond the Iron Gates: Coping with Failure in Publishing

I've spent a long time wondering how to write this post. To be grateful is a tacit requirement of any author who, like me, has been admitted through the iron gates of publishing (no other professi...

22/05/2017: A Full Moon Blanket: What Chris Cornell and Soundgarden meant to me.

Soundgarden in Dublin, 2013, the last time I saw them. It’s Friday evening. I’m 17. I jump on my bike and swing out of our drive, past the yellow field in which we drink, through my sleepy, sun-warmed village and onto the road to my friend’s house. It’s the place we all meet before heading into ...

22/01/2016: Giant Moons and Hyperprime

Joseph Campbell said “follow your bliss”. Heed the call, listen to the voice. But it’s not always that easy; for every voice calling you on, there’s always another one calling you back. It was the winter of 2008. A supermoon hung over Edinburgh. I idled to work with the words ‘going to be a fathe...

21/12/2015: Star

‘THE SITUATION is now hopeless. We have no choice but to…’ Lily grabbed the remote and switched off the television. ‘Hey,’ said her daughter. She swung round, lit up by the Christmas tree lights, dressed as an angel. The outfit consisted of Lily’s once best red shoes - heels now worn down, buc...

24/04/2015: Finding My Books in Singapore

I love Singapore. My sister lives there so I've visited it quite a few times - it's friendly, safe, and interesting. I'm aware that last sentence makes me sound like I'm doing an Alan Partridge travelog but seriously - if we're ever invade by aliens who want to know our worth as a species then we ...

25/03/2015: Cover Reveal for 'Colours'

My third novel, Colours, is nearing the end of its final draft before it goes to the editor. It's the first in a sci-fi trilogy set in a dystopian future where nations have been replaced by corporations. Colours is set in a place called Leafen, where a deal with a major defence conglomerate has ju...

12/01/2015: Mark Matthews on Running and Writing

My second guest post has been kindly written by Mark Matthews, author of MILK-BLOOD, and On the Lips of Children, as well as Chasing the Dragon: Running to Get High, a non-fiction work on running. Mark tells us how running informs his writing. Thanks, Mark. I've written 4 four novels. Two feature...

25/12/2014: The Stories you Believe

Some close family members were married by a minister from New Zealand who said: “The bible is just a book of stories - the way you live your life depends on the stories you believe.” I am aware that might cause a fair amount of nose-wrinkling in some Christians. To me it’s skewed way of saying “Tr...

18/11/2014: Time, time, time.

“The trouble is, you think you have time,” said Buddha, a bit patronisingly, to somebody with no children. When I was 26 I went travelling. The highlights of the trip were, in order: witnessing a man from Sydney with three missing fingers falling off a train whilst it moved through a Thai jun...

24/10/2014: More than a Marathon

Rachael Bateman tells us why she runs so far When I was writing The End of the World Running Club, I got a lot of help from a group of runners and ultra-runners, who told me what it was like to run very long distances and why they ran them. One of them, Rachael Bateman, went a step further and ag...

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