Happy-news *blows kisses* #anchoredterset

Thanks to all you amazing people being generous with your support, Samantha and I won the People's Choice Award category of the New Media Writing Prize for our iPad app, Recollections: 12 vignettes from Lashihai. Coming from the same quarter, we're in the final stages of publishing a limited edition printed version of the app [...]

Flashing around: June 2014 round-up

Mildred passed Ernie the small silver jug of cream and he attempted to balance the blue cup and saucer on the thick ridges of his corduroy trousers. extract from 'Things We Do Not Talk About' June has been a flash-fiction month for me, perhaps appropriately as it has the shortest night of the year. National [...]

Calling women writers who’d like some free mentoring!

I'm very proud and excited to be a part of a wonderful new initiative- the WoMentoring Project.The idea was born out of a Twitter conversation and is entirely managed and run by volunteers. Any women writers interested in being mentored can apply for free mentoring, selecting from a long list of excellent and committed writers, editors [...]

This is what a feminist looks like

  I converted back in 2007, over a conversation with my friend Sian in a youth hostel in Canada where I used the phrase ‘I’m not a feminist but…’ so many times I’m surprised she didn’t just punch me. Earlier this week I got a message from my long-term friend & collaborator, Samantha, asking me [...]

February writing round-up

  We have a new piece up on The Peripatetic Studio: Laura Davidson talking about hunting for plug sockets and dystopian adventures at the Barbican centre in 'Tethered to the Barbican'. Coming up soon are contributions from Leanne Radojkovich, Gina Hepburn and Nathalie Limon. The Bespoke(n) project will be exhibiting at the V & A [...]

Celebrating the first draft

Calling it the first draft is somewhat coy; I've been sitting on this idea for a novel since February 2010, when I read an article in the Guardian Weekend revisiting Bill McKibben's book Maybe One. Something clicked in my brain and I went off on an imagination riff on fertility economics in the age of climate [...]

NaNoWriMo and beyond

Having been cheerfully defeated by NanoWriMo for the second year running, I'm now dusting off my pom-poms to cheerlead for the lovely Gina Hepburn's novel instead. I'm chalking up not finishing this year to working on a continuing novel, which is a huge improvement on last year's defeat-by-day-job. So, why take part in the first [...]

General update- April 2012

As you can see from my more regular blog about my Leverhulme Residency at the School of Informatics, Edinburgh University the last couple of months have been busy like unto a bee. I'm particularly delighted to have been selected to take part in the World Event Young Artists showcase in Nottingham this September, an event [...]