How Storytelling Works — a free talk in Bexley

It’s always a pleasure to talk in a library. Next month you’ll find me doing that in Bexley, spelling out a few of my personal theories about the craft of storytelling.

It’s going to be an illustrated talk lasting and hour, and using my current books, The Savage Shore, Devil’s Fjord and Juliet and Romeo as examples of how very different stories share the same kind of architecture and structure. If you’re a reader wanting to see inside the mechanism of stories I hope you’d find it interesting. If you’re planning to write yourself it should give you an insight into how this business works for me.

I don’t believe writing is governed by rules. We all work differently. But it can be useful to listen to authors talk about their working methods then cherry pick the tips you feel might work for you.

There’s lots more going as part of the festival too, with appearances from Stella Duffy, Lindsey Davis, Mike Gayle, Jean Fullerton, Alison Weir, Charlie Connelly, Stuart Clark and Nick Barratt. The poet, Wendy Cope will also be coming along and there will also be workshops on creative writing, film-making and how to get published plus much more.

You’ll find me at the Central Library in Bexleyheath at 2.30 pm on Saturday February 23. The event is free but you do need to register in advance here.

You can find out more about the festival here too.

Events Romeo and Juliet Writing

Books by the Beach – the full line-up is out

We’re fast approaching the release of Juliet and Romeo, my revisionary version of the familiar tale from Shakespeare and earlier writers due out in May from the Dome Press. But as I’ve hinted here earlier there will be a sneak preview and a chance to buy the book before everyone else.

On Thursday April 12 I’ll be speaking and reading from it as part of the fantastic Books by the Beach Festival in Scarborough. Anyone who’s followed the growth of Books by the Beach to become one of the UK’s most innovative and exciting festivals will know to expect the unexpected. This is certainly that.


Antwerp Book Fair, November 12

I’ll be at the Antwerp Book Fair on Sunday, November 12, talking storytelling with Nathalie Pagie and MJ Arlidge. Looking forward to being back in Belgium!


See you at Goldsboro Books on June 29

I’ll be one of many writers heading for London at the end of this month for the annual Crime in the Court at that fantastic book store Goldsboro, just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square.

It’s been a real pleasure to see the way Goldsboro has grown over the years, a testament to its hardworking founders who prove week in and week out that there’s lots of room for independents, in bookselling and publishing, in the world. Crime in the Court is one of the highlights of the summer author events in London, a casual, friendly way for writers and readers to meet up over a glass of wine and, hopefully, some fine summer weather. Fittingly this year’s event takes part in Independent Booksellers Week.

It starts at six in the evening and runs until nine. A ticket costs £5 which you can set against a book purchase. Much signing will take place (along with much wine). Reserve your place here.

Hope to catch you there!