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Unleash the Titan

It’s my wedding anniversary, it’s Bastille Day, and if that’s not revolutionary enough, Miranda Jewess of Titan Books has acquired three Lawless novels from my agent Phil Patterson of Marjacq Scripts.

Titan will publish Lawless and the Flowers of Sin in July 2016. The streamlined cover design suggests the lush decadence and febrile ripeness of

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Game of Poems #1

Sonya Kennedy has just brightened my FB, posting poems by Patrick Kavanagh, Lorca, Seamus Heaney and Rilke. Aah. An elegant gauntlet, Sonya. Thank you. Yes, the choosing is a pleasure of revisiting and exploring new corners of old books, dog-eared from bedside perusings and harbourside musings, well-pencilled with studious marginalia.

Let me begin with a poem I loved in my

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Southsea Sagas

Southsea Library Birthday Party

The first thing I do when I move is join the #locallibrary.

Enter our 50 word story competition (below).

I’m lucky to live on the same road as a new library, neatly installed into a former Woolworth’s right on our local high street. Libraries may be under threat around the UK, but the

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Menagerie Hotbed

Menagerie Theatre have accepted my one-page play Home from Space for their Hotbed Festival this Sunday. An astronaut returns to his family home just in time for breakfast, where his parents are making toast and doing the crossword.

It was inspired by returning from my own travels in South America. Travel Writer John Brown summed it up in

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Lawless Czech Book

The Czech translation is in. Thanks to the ever resourceful @sansawicka of Marjacq Scripts, Lawless a ďábel z Euston Square, translated by Stanislav Pavliček, just came through the door.

It’s a handsome volume, published by Brana Knihy, a well-known force in the Czech Republic: hardback with elegant dust jacket, sporting a top-hatted gent in the fog-bound city; overcoat,

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Lawless Returns

Titan Books will reissue Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square in October 2015, with US paperback to follow in Feb 2016. I’m thrilled to be working with the mighty Titan, and next Tuesday, 14 July, I’ll announce even more exciting news about the next Lawless books.

This is the same book (with the map

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DAY of the DEAD III: Double Call for Submissions

Double-Pronged Call for Submissions

DAY of the DEAD III Short stories for performance,
Wed 28 Oct, Square Tower, Old Portsmouth.

Day of the Dead III follows full house shows in 2013/2014, featuring twenty-odd writers performing original stories, with a sprinkling of music and poetry. We are looking for:

1000 words (or less)

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Wednesday Word, Scots edition: Besom

besom n. term of contempt for a person, especially a woman

With thanks to the excellent zine The Bottle Imp and etymologist Maggie Scott. for pointing up how a word can change from meaning ‘broom’ to ‘woman’. A neat nod to Older Scots bysyn ‘monster’ and Old Norse bysn ‘portent’.

And the typical irony that a word

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The Wednesday Word: writer

with thanks to Caffeine Magazine

Cycle Art

In the Frame @AspexPortsmouth

June 12- July 26. A series of exhibitions/events celebrating the unusual arts of the bicycle.


Having studied up bicycles old and ancient for my book Maestro of the Assassins, I was glad to stumble on this exhibit at our excellent gallery space, Aspex Gallery. The showcase of

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