We will be launching the anthology of A Life Written - a collection of fabulous work produced by the talented group of writers from last year's Life Writing course for people of 70+. Can't wait to see them all again.
Stop Press! I've been invited to tutor a new six week course in the spring.
What an astonishing time! My feet have barely touched the ground. The first launch and the Story Machine Production have been received with so much support and love. Thursday 24th Oct was World Polio Day and Global Citizen made a film about the importance of vaccination and used Push's story as the hook to hang it on. I couldn't have been more delighted, and I have heard from so many sources that they think my father would be so proud of what's happening. Next up...
15 Oct 2019
Norfolk launch. Hurrah! Push: My Father, Polio, and Me in my home town and readings at The Mitre Coffee House, Earlham Road, Norwich. Free event. And fully accessible to wheelchairs. I've been insisting on this - but it's been proving surprisingly difficult, even in 2019.
Thrilled to be leading A Life Written for The National Centre for Writing and in the beautiful Dragon Hall, Norwich no less! A six week Life Writing course for people of 70+. What a privilege to listen to the stories of people's lives and help them tell what they think is important.
Lockdown reading needed? PUSH: My Father and Me is suddenly looking very relevant. The polio epidemic called The Summer Plague in 1952, isolation and recovery. Now available for e-readers and Kindle from Gatehouse Press.
27th Nov 2019
University of Suffolk a teaching engagement this time with the wonderful students of Amanda Hodgkinson's Creative Writing department. Exploring responses in short fiction.
5th Nov 2019
Absolutely delighted that The Cut theatre in Halesworth, Suffolk where much of Push is set, is hosting a Book Launch followed by afternoon tea and book signing in the Cut Café until 4pm. Free event, fully accessible. Click here for details.
7th Oct 2019
Dundee Science Festival Push the Show. The first of the Story Machine Production multimedia shows.
Honoured to have been chosen as the judge for The Norwich Writers Circle Ivy Ferrari Cup short story competition 2020. Absolutely delighted to announce Jon Platten as a very worthy winner with his beautifully crafted Florence and the Machine.
New project, working towards a poetry collection. Couldn't be more delighted to have four - FOUR! - poems accepted by Indigo Dreams Publishing for a forthcoming issue of the beautiful journal Sarasvati. And you can read my poem The Machinist in Ink, Sweat and Tears right now - be warned, it's a departure... feel free to leave a comment.
15th Nov 2019
East Anglian Book Awards and Literary Lunch with speeches from Ed Parnell (Ghostland), Rachel Hore (Last Letter Home) and Me! (Push) The theme this year is what effect the East Anglian landscape has on our writing. The same subject, but three very different personal responses. For me? It's what keeps me sane in this very uncomfortable world of the writer.
Pre-publication reading from Push as part of Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Week with Amanda Addison and Sally Anne Lomas. Great Q&A and discussion from warm and engaged audience.