New book coming soon…

Portrait_of_Dr._GachetExciting news! My next novel, The Afterlives of Dr Gachet, will be published 1st July. I can’t wait. It’s a novel about the man in the painting here, and the story behind his famous heartbroken expression…

More details coming soon! Right now my summer book tour is being finalised. Get in touch if you’ve got any ideas for events in your city…

Poetry Bike Tour

This week I took part in the first ever Poetry Bike Tour in the South Downs. It was organised by the South Downs Poetry Festival, and features a group of poets and musicians cycling through Sussex and stopping off at pubs, cafes, bookshops, town halls and churches along the way to give readings and performances.

As I haven’t been on a bike in many years, I was a little worried I wouldn’t make it that far – especially as our first stop was at the top of Beachy Head! By the time our group had made it to the top, most of us were red-faced and drenched in sweat!! Nonetheless it was a great event to be a part of, cycling that day 17 miles up from Eastbourne to read at Beachy Head, then Birling Gap, a fantastic book shop in Arlington, Chatleston House, and finally at Firle. I hope to do it again next year!

A local news report of the journey can be found here.

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July Tour: A Wild Run of Readings

Throughout July and August I’ll be touring around the south coast, reading from my new poetry pamphlet, The Other Shore, coming out soon from Eyewear Press.

  • Cnp5leQWcAAF19AOn the 10th July I’m reading at the Priory Park Festival, so do come along and enjoy music, food and drink, poetry, stories and lots of fun.
  • On the 17th July I’ll be launching the pamphlet at my event at the Chi Inn as part of the Chichester Arts Festival. The pamphlet is a book of poems about the voices the dead use to speak with us. Tickets available here.
  • On the 19th July, I join the Poetry Bike Tour and head from Eastbourne all the way to Firle: come meet myself and poets such as Paul Deaton, Hugh Greasley, Stella Bahin and John Davies along the way.
  • Then on 21st July I’ll be reading some of the poems I wrote while poet-in-residence at Bunhill Fields as part of a celebration of the poetry of William Blake, along with actor Michael Jayston and local poets Stephanie Norgate, Alan Morrison, James Simpson and Barry Smith at the Weald and Downland Museum.
  • On 23rd July I’ll be reading in Petersfield at the inaugural South Downs Poetry Festival. They’ll be cake, workshops, books, and more poets that you can shake a stick at!

 

Reading at Tribe

Fantastic reading & book-signing at Tribe Bookstore in Education City on Monday!

Great turn-out, wonderful bookstore and amazing Book of Crows-shaped cake too (made by Sweet Illusion). Delicious!

Thanks to everyone at Tribe, QF & QU for helping set up this great night.

A special place

Ullapool will always be a special place for me – a beautiful village on the shores of Loch Broom in the Highlands, with a fantastic literary festival in May each year. It was also the first book festival I was ever invited to read at, back in 2008, and I had a wonderful time. The festival is intimate and friendly, with a wide range of great writers. If you get the chance, I really recommend a visit.