sneak preview

I'm over on the NFFD blog today giving a sneak preview of my May 14th flash-fiction workshop in Manchester City Library - a workshop that has SOLD OUT! Bloody hell. And Jawbreakers is now available for pre-order on the NFFD website - we're hoping it'll be all good to go in the next couple of weeks, so you won't be waiting too long if you get in there now.

Taking off my editorial cap for a bit, I might have some news of my own to announce in a bit. It's not another baby or a massive book deal and my bike hasn't been stolen, but it's still bloggable, I think. Hold your horses and I'll tell you soon...

Jawbreakers cover!

Well, the NFFD anthology, Jawbreakers, has gone to the printers! If you're following either me or Calum on twitter, you've probably seen this already, but just in case, here's a sneak preview of the front cover, brilliantly designed by Andy Broadey:

NFFD final list!

Here's a link to the final final list of writers who'll be in our NFFD Anthology, which I'm pleased to announce will be called Jawbreakers! Me and Calum have been all about the proofreading today and it's a very tiring business. Next step is the cover, which is underway as we speak... Tomorrow is Seren's first birthday and I don't know about her, but I'm having some cake.

game on!

Thank you to everybody who submitted to the NFFD anthology! The deadline has now passed and we're reading our heads off and whittling away at the list. You guys are nothing if not prolific.

In other news, I'm thinking of offering a story editing/critiquing service. Would you, or anybody you know, be interested? Reasonable rates and a quick turnaround guaranteed! Contact me here for details.


Dudes: there's only a few days left to submit your microfictions to the National Flash Fiction Anthology. Me and Calum have already read some of the entries, and there's great stuff coming in. We've also had word that we'll have some commissioned work from Jeff Noon and Trevor Byrne as well as Ali Smith, so we're all giddy over that. Email us by the end of Tuesday 10th April! Also, there's only four places left on my flash-fiction workshop in Manchester City Library, so get in while you can (please)! This is assuming, of course, that I'm still alive to run the workshop; I've put myself on a rather masochistic writing regime lately - getting up at 6am and writing for three hours before the baby (baby? toddler? she wobbles about on her hind legs...) wakes up. I'm decidedly not a morning person, but four days in, it's been working pretty well: I've gotten a couple of thousand words written and several more thousand edited. I'm not a fast writer (boo) so this all feels a bit speedy and useful. Let's see how long I can keep it up, eh?

Safran Foer review

My review of Jonathan Safran Foer's latest, the New America Haggadah (edited by Foer, translated by Nathan Englander), is live at Bookmunch. Not my usual fare, but an interesting one all the same.