Tuesday, 27 November 2012

what I'm up to at the moment

Hello, folks! I realised that a lot of blog posts recently have been interviews, reviews etc and I hadn't said what I've been up to in a while. So, here we are.

Firstly: it's November, which means it's time to wear reindeer necklaces. This is a fact.

Secondly. My deadline for getting my More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops manuscript to Constable and Robinson is this Friday, so I'm very busy with that, making the finishing touches. Greg's in the process of finishing the cover at the moment (it's looking good!), so I'll be able to show that to you soon.

At the bookshop, we're getting ready for Christmas. Old books make lovely presents, so if you're in London do stop by. We've got some of our stock online, if you fancy a browse. And there are plenty more not catalogued so if you're looking for a specific book you can always drop me an email. We ship worldwide.

At the beginning of the month I had a lovely time at The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, reading with Sophie Collins, Steven Payne and discussing poetry with Christopher Reid. I'm hoping to have my manuscript The Day We Ran Away From The Circus finished by the beginning of January. The poems are a collection I've written over the past eighteen months exploring mythology, freak shows and Otherness. I've also found myself writing some poems in Geordie, recently. It was one of those that I read at Aldeburgh, and it's been fun experimenting with my old dialect.

I was very pleased to find out I'd been shortlisted for Virago's Fifty Shades of Feminism, which will be published next year. Congratulations to Alice Stride, who won. The book is a collection of essays by Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood and many other wonderful people. Do check it out when it's released!

So, lots of bookshop-work, lots of writing-work, a few walks on Hampstead Heath, and a mug of mulled wine at Camden Market pretty much sums up life at the moment. I hope you're all well! x


  1. Ooh! Pretty. Is the reindeer made of abalone?

  2. With just that brief description of (amazing) themes, I'm already very excited for The Day We Ran Away From The Circus! I also can't wait for the day I can head to London and stop on by the shop to browse, but that may take longer :-/... Best of luck with all your projects!