Dangerous Women project: ‘Tonight and for the rest of my life’

I'm really chuffed to have a piece included on the Dangerous Women project today, both as it gives me a chance to express some of the thoughts that have been in the front of my mind for the past four months and because it's such an awesome collection of essays, poems, testimonies and stories to be … Continue reading Dangerous Women project: ‘Tonight and for the rest of my life’

The gift of space: Compton Verney Women’s Library residency

One of the loudest things in my mind still from the residency a couple of weeks ago at the Compton Verney Women's Library is the lack of real books in the room. Fortunately that's something the staff there are in the process of changing as part of the Unsilencing The Library launch in June. Still, I felt … Continue reading The gift of space: Compton Verney Women’s Library residency

A meaningful response: #shortstories for #socialworkers

Lovely social workers who have been in touch and requested copies, or who have stumbled across this blog post by recommendation/accident: please remember to send us in your feedback! Email: ncenla@ncl.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Intervening Fictions feedback’ Post: Intervening Fictions Feedback, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU In … Continue reading A meaningful response: #shortstories for #socialworkers

Intervening Fictions: social workers wanted for feedback!

I'm looking for social workers to read three short stories inspired by the differences social workers make, and then to email me some feedback on them. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested or have social work connections! Download the pamphlet as a PDF: Intervening fictions story pamphlet I also have a … Continue reading Intervening Fictions: social workers wanted for feedback!

My e-book (There & Now) available for pre-order #writing #china

A Naxi saying — that sounds a little like ‘tia hu pe la tcher’ — translates as ‘when you are happy, so very happy, every part of you is happy including the faeces inside you’   My novella-length creative non-fiction book, There & Now: a writer's perspective on everyday life in South West China, is … Continue reading My e-book (There & Now) available for pre-order #writing #china

Intermission #shortstory

Lying in a tangle of sheets, I watch a spider cross the ceiling while Jacob struggles unsuccessfully to open the window.  ‘I’m afraid I’ve broken off some of the paintwork,’ He holds up the thin white slivers, and lets them fall from his hands onto the wide windowsill of the triangular alcove. ‘Leave that.  Come … Continue reading Intermission #shortstory