Category Archives: General

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Burnley Central Library


Shut now… but open in our hearts. Also a prompt for Angel in my Heart to be published: in the near but indeterminate future.

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Commemorating Kafka


Just to mention that today, 3rd July 2019 is the 136th anniversary for one of my favourite writers: Franz Kafka who was born in 1883, into a middle-class family in Prague – then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. By background he … Continue reading

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Fantasy Lands


The grand-daddy of them all is Tolkien. His masterful generation of new English Myth is gentle, sweeping Continue reading

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The UK and Brexit


Nothing can prepare you for the intricacies and myths propounded on this subject (many by people that should know a lot better). What is needed is imaginative thinking that directs the trivial into productive channels while simultaneously dealing with the … Continue reading

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In The News This Day


I’ve always been a great admirer of the institution of news and in this spirit, here’s my take on the events of this day, 26/06/19. Columnist @Sarahditum asks why writers are still sniffy about SF. As an SF writer, I … Continue reading

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New Wave SF in Retrospect


Looking back is easy. All you need is wisdom after the event and a message (or agenda). I’d place the starting point for New Wave SF as the writer’s workshop set up by Judith Merril, Damon Knight and James Blish; … Continue reading

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First Review of The Turning Stone


YA Fantasy: Latest news on The Turning Stone: Arshaana’s Calling

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My First Newsletter


I’m starting my first newsletter. Sign up and earn a free download. Plus: you’ll be notified (monthly) on blog updates, book deals, free PDF downloads and news of upcoming titles, and you’ll also get a flavour of SF from Up North … Continue reading

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DC Comics: Mystery in Space and other SF


It’s exactly ten years since I started to write. My first novel reached first draft in between the 2008/09 Championship play-off finals (as a result of which Burnley FC were propelled into the Premier League) and the start of the … Continue reading

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Angel in my Heart – update


This is an update on my current writing projects. I am ready to pull the trigger on final edits to Angel in my Heart. This is the third of three upcoming titles which I will publish from June 2019 onwards. … Continue reading

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