Culture City. Hull? Knew it!

20th November. Twitter went mad, the local press lost the plot (more so than usual). Hull named City of Culture 2017.http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/50-reasons-Hull-UK-City-Culture-2017/story-20116239-detail/story.html I secretly hoped that the minds behind the bid would succeed. I am so glad they did. I hope they are enjoying their hangovers.


New Home

Trying to get the house in order, you know, organised. As trying to get the kids to organise their rooms is impossible, I decided to take my wrath out on my site. Visually things are still in flux, I’m terribly sorry if a signpost has you navigating the Ouse by mistake!


Long Live Grimpink

  This article happened this week. http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/oct/11/fantasy-novel-elves-orcs-tolkien I get what Damien Walter was aiming for. With the World Fantasy Con happening in Brighton, it’s a hot topic inside the industry. There are plenty of authors, publishers, agents, superfans and readers too, all heading to England. But he caused a bit of a fuss across the…


Sleeps With Monsters: Kate Elliott

I know there’s a great deal of disscussion in the genre about diversity, female representation and ” White male”orientated. In this post on Tor.com, Kate picks over the issues of women, writing, characters and the whole ‘strong female’ visibility thing. http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/07/sleeps-with-monsters-kate-elliott-six-answers-questions You’ll find Kate Elliott as a Guest of Honour in the UK Fantasy Con…


Seven Stories from Newcastle.

So much for “downing tools”. Even on holiday the winged writery annoyance that sits upon my left shoulder wouldn’t shut up, I have a notebook full of potential now not to mention toddler scribbles. If you are ever in Newcastle and you have just the slightest affection for books, take your children, your nephew, hell…