Shaking out the music

Punk publishing with author John Lake

I’m proud as punch to have a mate from my home city on the blog today. John and I are also proud to be waving the flag for northern voices in literature, having both been long listed for the Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker’ Prize. John is the author of the fantastic Amy and the Fox

12 Aug 2016
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Interview with Jane Issac

I’m over the moon to welcome my good friend, Jane Isaac to the blog today. Jane and I met through Legend Press and so I was keen to start reading her books. I started with The Truth Will Out because that’s the first book I saw on Amazon and the cover drew me in. Once

06 Aug 2016
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Shaking out the music

I’ve taken on the organisation, with a friend, of an acoustic jam, once a month, in a community café. It starts in August and I absolutely can’t wait. I love singing as much as I love writing and I have a great voice.  There, I’ve said it. I have a great voice – not ‘ok’,

04 Jul 2016
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Interview with Clio Gray

I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to interview Clio Gray, award winning author. Clio’s latest novel, The Anatomist’s Dream, was Man Booker nominated and Baileys Prize longlisted: Abandoned by his parents and with only a pet pig for company, he eventually finds refuge in a traveling carnival, Maulwerf’s Fair of Wonders, as it makes its

21 May 2016
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A tough sell

My article ‘A tough sell: difficult subjects in literature – and why we need to write about them’ was published in Bad Cantina magazine today. It explores the need for more representation in literature of those who are far too often silenced. “I have wanted to write a novel for as long as I can

20 May 2016
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A brutal write

I thought this novel would be very difficult to sell because it was very difficult to write. I had to work through deep sadness, sometimes anger, to get it written. Sometimes I had to take time out from it, sit somewhere quiet to find peace. I still can’t read one chapter because it makes me

19 May 2016
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How I felt winning the Luke Bitmead Bursary

I’ve just experienced the intense shock of success. My brain told my body ‘I’m not able to process this so I’m going to treat it as a dream and go lie down for a while. You carry on’. My body, suddenly weak as a new born foal, did a sterling job of walking me around

16 May 2016
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Why ‘Shaking Out the Music’?

I’ve called this blog ‘Shaking out the music’ for two reasons. The first is literal. I sang in a band for around three years; a little local band on a local scene, something that should have been fun and no big deal in terms of anxiety. Only it was, to me. It was such a

14 May 2016
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Publication Day

Today is official publication day of The Wacky Man and what a day it’s been. I’ve been to an interview at BBC Radio Leeds and enjoyed every minute. I’ve had some amazing reviews by brilliant book bloggers and Twitter has been a-buzz with tweets and retweets about my debut novel. I feel exhilarated and extremely

11 Feb 2016
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