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Reading in Leeds – 14th of June

From the eventbrite page


I will be reading in Blackwell’s Leeds on Wednesday, with Clare Fisher (All the Good Things), Luiza Sauma (Flesh and Bone and Water) and June Taylor (Losing Juliet) at 6.30pm. You can get free tickets here, and we’ll be talking about the road to publication and our writing and generally answering any questions that come up. A reminder – the Goodreads giveaway of Flesh of the Peach ends on Tuesday at midnight, GMT. It’s open to residents of the UK, Canada, USA and Australia.


I’ll also be in Manchester that day, mooching around bookshops and fortifying myself with cups of tea. I love Manchester but haven’t been in years, so this is very welcome. Before heading through to Leeds, I’m going to be meeting up for a session with The End of All Things podcast, which is one of my absolute favourites. Recommended listening for writers and readers who like a slice of political awareness with their fictions.


And then and then – another event coming up in Edinburgh at the end of the month. But more later. The sun is out, and it is not the end of all things yet, though half this complicated Year of Our Lord 2017 is behind us. Always more rushing towards us like a shadowy wave. Take a breath. Take a sip of tea. Wait in the sunshine. Listen to a podcast episode while your hands do other, easier, work.


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Flesh of the Peach Giveaway!


Fancy a free book?

Freight are very kindly offering **two copies** of Flesh of the Peach through a giveaway on Goodreads.

*****Click here to enter*****

Tell your friends/colleagues/particularly bookish cats nearby who might also like a free book!

The giveaway ends on the 13th of June, and is open across the English speaking world.

Flesh of the Peach is both a gripping re-imagining of the traditional American road trip and a character examination whose deep focus is testament to the author’s forensic detailing and abiding humanity” – The Skinny


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Giveaway Completed

Congratulations to the three winners! I’ll try to send your books off today.

To everyone who entered: THANK YOU SO MUCH! All 833 of you (!!)

I’m so touched you wanted to read my book. Many of you have added the book to your to-read pile. I really hope that you might like to buy a copy to get a chance to read it. Physical or digital copies are available here – digital copies are just $4.99 which I think is about £3.40, or the price of a big cup of coffee or hot chocolate with all the trimmings. Probably a good pairing.

The first two printed reviews came out this week – on SkyLightRain and on Monkeybicycle. I’m incredibly chuffed that the book has received such keen-eyed attention – and praise. Check them out!

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‘This Place is Mine’ on Visual Verse

Visual Verse is a journal with a wonderful premise – every edition, they post a picture as a writing prompt, always something rich with possibility. They publish every story that comes in, and share links on social media with a snippet of insight. I highly recommend going to check them out and perhaps write your own response – it’s a great way of overcoming a block.


This is the first time I’ve written anything for them, and I’m pretty happy with the piece. It really does focus the attention, to write in the submission box, to know it will go up. You can find the story here. See links at the top on how to submit and where to read other pieces on the site.


The Goodreads giveaway for On the Edges of Vision is going strong – currently standing at 320 entries and open until Wednesday. And it is touching to see people adding my book to their want-to-read list – I hope that some of those will go seek the book out if they do not win. To have your words shared and read is to have them come to life. It’s wonderful to see that happening, and to be a part of it myself as a reader (I’m thinking ahead to a best reads of the year list, which I might do come late December).

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On the Edges of Vision Giveaway

– is now live!


There are three copies to win.




And please share the link around!

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Upcoming Giveaway

This is advance notice that I’ll be giving away ~three~ copies of On the Edges of Vision through Goodreads – starting this Wednesday and ending a week from then.


If you have a Goodreads account, it’s a very straightforward process to enter. Simply provide your postage details (which are only shared with me if you win, so I can send you a copy).


I’ll post again soon with links to the giveaway when it opens. Until then, if you are intrigued by the book, you can read stories from On the Edges of Vision here, published in places such as The Toast, Litro, and Vol. 1. Brooklyn.


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And the winner is…

Well, I didn’t really want to keep you in suspense! My post was eaten by the hungry internet!


To those asking what a clootie dumpling is: a cloot is the Scots word for ‘cloth’ – clootie dumplings are sweet puddings, a little like a Christmas pud but lighter, traditionally served on New Year’s Day in Scotland. Here’s the recipe I used (I added mixed peel, subbed the oats for millet flour, and used golden syrup instead of treacle/molasses). It was warmly spicy and very filling.


Now on to the winner of the ‘place’ photography contest.


After dinner, my parents looked through the photographs and cast their votes – D had to be brought in for the final decision. He chose the same photograph my mother had picked, and we had a winner: Chris J. Rice. Here is her entry:


chris j rice photo entry


She included this lovely descriptive piece with her photograph, though the judges evaluated the photos all on their own merit:


Your favorite color was yellow. Yellow, so heavenly even when mixed with black, often expressing otherworldly grief, like the field in Van Gogh’s last painting; wheat overshadowed by darkness, yet, there it was, a hint of the sun, a thick shimmer of light. In fourth grade when the teacher told the class to paint the flower on her desk, a purple iris—dark veined and fragile—you did what she asked. Except you made it yellow. Dipped your brush in water, mushed it in the palest color cake, and copied down what you saw in your head. Transferred the flat world of your vision to the flat world of the page. So easy to do, you were surprised by her praise. Still you soaked it up, feeling momentarily okay, good for something. Like it was acceptable to see what you saw, to like what you liked.


Chris, please look through the archives of pictures here and choose one you’d like me to frame for you. Let me know by email – alongside your postage address. I’ll also be sending a mystery book from my shelves, and shopping for small goodies to include in your parcel. I’ll send it to you as soon as the city has recovered from its hangover.


To all the rest who contributed a photograph to the competition: Thank you. The standard of entries was very high, and it was tough for the judges to reach a consensus on the winner. Happy New Year, and hope to run another giveaway/contest at a later date.


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