Apart from writing and reading, there is little I like better than talking about writing and reading (preferably over tea and cake or crisps and a pint).
I enjoy reading my work aloud and would be happy to visit your book group. e-mail me (or my publisher, Myriad) if you would like me to come and join your discussion.
I am an experienced Creative Writing tutor and would be happy to visit your writing group. e-mail me if you would like to arrange a workshop.
Here are some events I have taken part in/will be taking part in… Most are open to the public – please do say hello if you come along:
‘That’s What She Said’ Spoken Word event, London, 25th April, tbc
I will talk about my new novel The Weaning in the company of fellow Salt authors Vesna Main and Guy Ware at Waterstones Islington, March 8th 6.30-8.30.
I am tutoring a writing retreat for those interested in life-writing 18-20 August at the beautiful High Weald Retreat Centre (theres a swimming pond! visit their website http://highwealdretreatcentre.com to find out more and book your place)
I am tutoring a writing retreat for those writers with a novel to finish at the Garsdale Retreat in gorgeous Yorkshire 17-22 July (wonderful walks! tasty food! writing time! to find out more and book your place, visit http://thegarsdaleretreat.co.uk)
I am delivering the keynote speech at a conference on Storying the Self taking place at Brighton University on June 14th. Register by clicking on the link below:
On May 18th I will visit Riverside Arts Centre to talk about Alarm Girl and writing place with members of the Sunbury Book Circle
As part of Crawley Wordfest, Umi Sinha and I will be discussing our experience of publishing debut novels and answering questions from readers and writers at Crawley library on 8th May.
panel discussion at Brighton Youth Club for young folk interested in writing.
It is my experience that I can only produce two hours of valuable work in one go but in the spirit of writerly togetherness on June 18th I am going to try writing all night long in the company of fellow writers at the lovely cafe 88 London Road. Do join us!
University of Sussex students will be performing my new English language version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts 21-22 April. Tickets are free!
Along with a host of other Brighton writers taking part in this year’s City Reads, I will be at the Nightingale Room on April 6th talking about books with child narrators.
I am teaching a one day course ‘writing for TV & Radio’ with fellow Beach Hut Writer Sue Teddern on 23rd January 10-5 at the Hotel Pelirocco. Email me or contact Beach Hut Writing Academy for further information and booking details.
I am one of the authors taking part in ‘Reading the South’ and will be running creative writing workshops at Eastbourne library – click on the links below for more information.
On October 23rd I will be discussing the theme of ‘family secrets’ with Umi Sinha, author of Belonging. Part of City Reads 2015.
I am guest speaker at Shoreham Wordfest’s first literary salon on Saturday 12th September.
I will be reading and chatting with fellow Beach Hut Writers in the literary tent at Together the People Festival on Sunday 6th September.
I am at Waterstones in Brighton discussing narratives from a child’s perspective with fellow Myriad writers Sara Marshall Ball and Nye Wright, in celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird and in anticipation of Go Set a Watchman
Picnicking in the company of some friendly Brighton authors in Queen’s Park on the 28th
Reading from Alarm Girl at Needlewriters in Lewes on the 18th, with Beth Miller and Stephen Bone.
I will be reading and chatting with Beach Hut Writers in the Tinker Box in the Spiegeltent gardens during Brighton Festival.
panel discussion with Matt Haig and Dr Alec Grant, chaired by Julia Crouch. 21st March 2015 4pm The Basement, Brighton.
Brighton LGBT literary night.
My editor Holly Ainley and I discuss the writing and editing process with Creative Writing students at the University of Gloucestershire.
sunday afternoon book readings at Christmas artists’ open house
reading and Q & A as part of Kingston Writing School’s reading series
supper, wine and literary chat at the Naked Eye Gallery in Hove
cocktails and writey fun at London speakeasy