27 August 2015

Back once again...


Just like a renegade master (whatever that is) Verbose is back once again, on Monday 28 September. The seventh outing of the prose and poetry night features a stellar line-up from the Centre for New Writing and The Manchester Review at the University of Manchester: Ian McGuire, John McAuliffe and Geoff Ryman. These guys are my old tutors! And I've managed to convince them to come and read in Fallow, to launch this year's edition of The Manchester Anthology (the 2014 version of which I edited - remember?). More details on the Facebook event page here - do say you'll come, oh do! 

Verbose was mentioned in this month's issue of The Skinny as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester while the Manchester Evening News said: “From literary heavyweights to emerging talents, this monthly night has them all." Oh aye - come and see for yourself!

25 August 2015

Flash light

If you're at a loose end on Saturday 12 September, 11am-1pm, head down to the great-looking new library and council complex in Rochdale, Number One Riverside (pictured), for a flash fiction workshop with myself and Les Malheureux partner in crime David Gaffney. The event, part of Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, is free, but book your places via Eventbrite; full details here.


01 July 2015

Quote, unquote

Currently reading Salt Publishing's Best British Short Stories 2015, edited by Nicholas Royle, with whom I recently teamed up on the Re/Place project for Chorlton Arts Festival and also on the May outing of Verbose, my monthly live literature night. It includes stories by recent Verbose headliners Alison Moore and Jenn Ashworth, plus a few Verbose audience members. Jolly good stuff. Here I am quoted on the back (above the Independent's Boyd Tonkin, no less). Expect a review soon.


17 May 2015

Re/Place – stories that are right up your street

This happens on Wednesday - do join us!

As part of Chorlton Arts Festival 2015, currently underway, six critically acclaimed and award-winning writers each sharing an interest in psychogeography and urban exploration have penned pieces about ghost places and the re-appropriation of spaces. Sarah Butler, Sarah-Clare Conlon, Claire Dean, Kate Feld, David Gaffney and Nicholas Royle will perform their site-specific short stories and present postcards from the past at this special event, Re/Place - stories that are right up your street. Supported by Arts Council England. The event will also include a screening of private home movies shot in Chorlton in the fifties and sixties, provided by the North West Film Archive.

Proof, Manchester Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9PH. Wednesday 20 May 2015. Doors 7.30pm. Free entry.


07 April 2015

Private Lives review

Last week, I went to see Private Lives at the Bolton Octagon. Good it was, if a little over the top. Read more from me on The Manchester Review here.

Fiona Hampton as Amanda, and Harry Long as Elyot. Photograph: Ian Tilton