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Interview on End of All Things Podcast

A little while ago, I went down to Leeds for a reading event at Blackwells, and managed to squeeze in time to visit Manchester so I could be on one of my favourite podcasts (genuinely, not just saying this for effect). Unfortunately it was such a fleet visit that we couldn’t chat for long before I had to rush off for a connecting train but! You can listen to the full podcast here, in which Rob, the host, talks to Kate Feld about the upcoming Manchester Literature Festival as well as hearing a bit from me on Flesh of the Peach, research, and the formations of the next novel. Too little time, but great questions.


(a ghostly polaroid of West Sands, St Andrews)


In other news – I will be in St Andrews this Wednesday at Waterstones – 6.30pm. I’ll be chatting about the book and signing and I hope if you’re in the area you’ll come along and stymie me with a smart question or two. I attended the University of St Andrews and it’s always a delight to head back there. I hope to take more polaroids, spooky and otherwise.

The event is free and there will be refreshments. More details here.


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Paperchain Podcast with Gillian Best (and Jeff Goldblum, in fictional form)


The second series of Dan Carpenter’s The Paperchain Podcast kicks off with Gillian Best (author of The Last Wave) and I, talking about our books*, identity, tea making, dog-director puns, Flamenco cakes and, yes, Jeff Goldblum. We both wrote stories to different prompts, and Gillian’s was the aforementioned Flamenco cake, and mine was Jeff Goldblum. I think the story I wrote for it was one of my best (because it’s hard not to write a good piece on the man). Make yourself a cup of tea (or coffee, but the right way…) and have a listen here.


*Flesh of the Peach is available here (worldwide) or here in the UK.

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The Day After

(credit to the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Heather McDaid for the image)


So I appeared last night at the Edinburgh International Book Festival alongside Meena Kandasamy, with the event chaired by Lee Randall. I was challenged by the high standard of engagement from Meena, Lee and the audience alike. Here’s a thoughtful piece covering the night from Heather McDaid.


Now the pressure’s off and I can just enjoy going to events myself. Ahh.


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Interview with Rebecca Smith + Edinburgh Book Festival


Make yourself a cup of tea and have a wee listen to this interview with Rebecca Smith – she asked some very thoughtful and probing questions and got me thinking hard about Flesh of the Peach in terms of sentences, plotting, grief and identity.


And a wee reminder that I will be appearing alongside Meena Kandasamy at the Edinburgh Book Festival at an event chaired by Lee Randall TOMORROW EVENING (oh my goodness, already?). Tickets are available here.


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Not the Booker Voting


The voting process for the Not the Booker award has begun in earnest. Flesh of the Peach is on the very long longlist, and needs your votes via the link I’ll include below- if you are kind enough to lend them.


Here’s how it works (copied from one of the moderators)


[yourusername] – Vote # 1 – [Book title only]*
[yourusername] – Vote # 2 – [Book title only]*

[A review of one of the two books. We’re looking for something like 100 words, give or take, but we’re very generous regarding the word count. Only one review is required, but we’d love to hear your thoughts on the second book too.]

[Anything else you want to tell us, including a review of your second book. We’ll read it all, I promise.]


*Book title only. We’d don’t need the author or publisher at this point. If you’re voting for a book included on the long list, we already know that. If you’re voting for a book not on the long list, we’re not going to read your post (or tally it) anyway.

Here are the most important rules to remember:

Vote for two and only two books, from two distinct publishers.
–Vote for two books by same publisher – discarded.
–Vote for only one book, or more than two books — discarded.
–Vote for any book not on the long list – entire vote discarded, even if one of the books is on the long list


If you vote for Flesh of the Peach I will be won over a million times. It’s a small book, and like other Freight titles has suffered from the recent troubles the press has gone through – including losing its publicity and marketing officer. I don’t want to fling my sob story at you – there are so many other small press books that could do with a boost. And that’s what this prize is for. Putting in a word for the small gems.

If you do vote, follow the guidelines so it counts. Vote for two titles from two separate publishers from the longlist And let me know? I’m going to try not to stress about it. I know I’ll be glad if the list is composed of other small press titles, things that folk should hear of. That’s the point of a prize, to highlight the good, as much as can be done.


Voting link is here, god rest ye merry gentlemen and so on. I’m going to go off and read so my heart doesn’t burst.


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ScotLitFest workshop + some reviews + an interview


The second #ScotLitFest is coming up this weekend!


There are lots of things planned for this online book festival (for the full catalogue check out their website)  – my event is an online flash fiction workshop, taking place on Facebook on Sunday between 1-2pm (BST). To sign up for a place, tweet ScotLitFest (through this link) and ask to be added. Alternatively, contact them through the ScotLitFest Facebook page. There will be writing prompts, a bit of feedback, tips for revision and a recommended reading list to help you with your writing, and I can’t wait!


In other news, there have been a few thoughtful, generous reviews of Flesh of the Peach recently – including The Writes of Woman, The Bottle Imp,  Scots Whay Hae and The F Word. For more, check out my Press tab, recently updated.


Naomi at The Writes of Woman interviewed me when I was down in London, and she had some fantastic questions for me.  Make yourself a cup of tea and have a listen. The real star may be my hands, which are animated by a force I do not understand.


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The Riff Raff Podcast


Back in May, I had the delight of meeting with The Riff Raff founders Amy Baker and Rosy Edwards and appearing at their Effra Social event (as reported here) AND while I was there, Amy and Rosy interviewed me for their podcast. It was so much fun to do and you can listen to the whole thing here.


It’s about half an hour long. and covers topics like how one writes, the oddities that come out of travelling for research, and finding your genre. I hope you enjoy.

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