Mature Poets Steal

For those of you interested, my PhD thesis is now available from the British Library’s EThOS service.

Mature Poets Steal: Notes to Self, a novel and an extended essay on that work

Much of the novel is redacted in case I ever find a publisher, but there’s lots of interesting stuff about the literary fragment, collage practices and writing about identity for those who like that sort of thing.

Stories for Homes

I’m very pleased to be included alongside a great variety of short stories in a new anthology published in support of Shelter.

The ebook is available now (via Amazon unfortunately, but apparently that helps us maximise the profit for the charity) and the paperback will be available later this year.

Find out more about the project on the Stories for Homes website, where there is also a (free) online anthology of stories on the theme of home.


I, like many people, really enjoy a good corner and, for those of you who don’t know, I have an instagram account, @feelingcornered, that celebrates the form.

Following a small jump in followers recently I did some digging and was chuffed to discover this great little review in the wonderful AnOther Magazine.

If you’ve never considered the aesthetic worth of a good corner do give me a follow and enjoy my erratically scheduled updates.

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A Young Beautiful Winter

Here’s my last minute entry to whimword’s #whimter contest.

After La Cloche fêlée by Baudelaire

Her pleasure is all,
warming the long nights of winter
at a fire that burns bright
distant memories.

Blessed daughter
who, in love with her youth,
throws faithfully her voice
into the open mouth of her lover.

Me, my soul is wracked with nonexistance.
I watch through the glass.
It often happens that my voice fails me.

I have felt the slow dissolution of a man who is
forgotten at the edge of a lake of youth.
I see condensation forming on the window.

Science: A Narrative Theory

I’m very pleased to have my short story, Science: A Narrative Theory, published as part of the HARTs and Minds Journal’s Science, Society & Civilisation edition. Given the theme of this issue, I thought it would be interesting to use some technology to aid my writing and generated the first plan of the short story using an online plot generator. If you’re interested in what might happen if a personification of Science were to meet a personification of Civilisation do check it out.

For Every Year

For Every Year has the noble aim of producing ‘A story or poem or something else for every year since 1400.’ Some really great writers have got involved so far, producing a wide variety of work inspired by the events of over four hundred years worth of history. My own contribution, Various Grit, is in honour of Isaac Fischer Jr’s patent for a new process for producing sandpaper in 1834.

Definitely worth having a browse through some of the other work and maybe considering contributing your own work dedicated to a particular year (it’s being done chronologically, so if you love the nineteenth century it’s a good time to get involved!)