July 25th : ‘My Son is Sometimes Wise,’ a fable/short story, is free in the Templeman Review, Issue 3. It involves Americans, llamas, the troupe of a German journalist, and a life of crime across Europe
July : I’m busy planning the next novel (tentatively titled The Good Grief Club but maybe Erene’s Tortoise – imagine Dubliners set in Whitstable and on a Greek island) whilst planning a third non-fiction book (Mending Meltdowns) and editing/rewriting the novel On Being in Love with Hilda Wulz
June : A short story called ‘Christmas Lights Icicle Frost’ will be published on October 4th by Literally Stories. This is both a stand-alone vignette and a treatment for the Effervescent Hope novel. It’s a magical realist piece featuring a baker with handlebar moustaches and flour in his hair, a heroine who has Down Syndrome (not the other way, the incorrect way around) and assorted creatures
June : ‘Ships Are Not the Only Wrecks on Zante’ a poem about belonging and refugees will shortly be published on Mediterranean Poetry.
June : ‘Sunset on Kefalonia’, a lament, has been published on Mediterranean Poetry, which is a beautiful site. You can take a peek here.
June : ‘All My Darlings Waiting’ is a short story reminiscent of Lucy Ellmann’s 2019 1000 page novel Ducks, Newburyport, (but much shorter, a brisk 2,000 words) was published May 17th at Literally Stories. You can visit the site here. It is a ghost prose piece.
A short story, ‘Haus des Meeres’, was published in the print edition of the Blue Nib magazine in September 2020. You can read it on their website here
During first lockdown, you know, the proper lockdown, I wrote a poem for a mental health project, and I’m pleased to say ‘Barrier Nursing’ will be published in an anthology by Rare Swan, part of Literati Magazine
Novels and other Stuff
My first novel Effervescent Hope is done and will be with agents in August, while my second novel, While there is Still Time: The Twenty-One Love Songs of Augustus Rook, is also cooked for now, and will likewise be sent out. An earlier novel The Diary of Guy Shambles, A Man Who is Utterly Beside Himself is treading water in the bottom drawer
A short-story collection is finished in fifth draft form. (These things take time, and good writing is mainly rewriting.) Its current title is The Whole of Life Dependent on Four Letters, from a Lorca poem
A radio interview about writing, and challenging behaviour is on Soundcloud