Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Martyn Hett and Manchester



Tonight I've been painting Martyn Hett. We keep hearing the name and seeing the face of the bomber and I don't want to. Today Martyn's story has really touched me and I'd rather remember his name and his face. I didn't know him, but he was one of ours.




Tuesday, 16 May 2017

'Marked for Life'



Today I'm finishing proof-reading the reprinted edition of my very first novel, 'Marked for Life', from way back in 1995. It's such a strange experience, revisiting that younger self! I first wrote this book about tattooed men, nudist lesbians and stolen children 23 years ago...! This new edition from Steve Berman's brilliant Lethe press has this fab new cover by Matt Bright, two bonus short stories from the same year, and a new intro in which I look back at being in my mid-twenties...

Friday, 12 May 2017

Folk Tales on the Guardian Podcast!




This is a lovely project I've been involved in, with Simon Barnard, Andrew Scott, Air B&B and the Guardian. It's a series of five folk tales set in five European locations. This is the first of the set, newly available today! Please listen and tell them you like it! I'm very proud of these - and I love our theme tune! It all feels a bit like my favourite TV show of the 1980s - The Storyteller...

https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2017/may/12/jack-the-giant-killer-read-by-andrew-scott-travel-folktales-for-kids-podcast


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The Whoomins



The Whoomins

One purple morning the first snow began to fall in the Valley of Lungbarrow. It fell noisily and discontinuously and in a few hours everything was smudgy and overly complicated.
            Whoomintroll stood in the doorway and watched his whole world settle down to sleep out the Wilderness Years, as they were to become known. ‘Tonight,’ he thought, ‘We will sleep for a thousand years and we’ll have the most fabulous dreams.’