Events etc

Places you can hear/see me reading / teaching / doing things…

Great Writing Conference UK – 1 July 2017

11am, Imperial College, London

‘Arrival’s’ Non-Zero-Sum game: exploring real-world choices in fictional constructions

(Funded by the Open University)



Boba Fest 2 – Bubble Tea, Sunderland, 27th June 2017

A new spoken word night in Sunderland. I’ll be reading a couple of flashes…


The Word UK – Closing Ceremony, 25 June 2017

I was really happy to be asked to judge this flash fiction competition and will be announcing the winners in an event that also lets us hear some great poetry from Kate Fox as poet in residence. The Word in South Shields is one of the best venues I’ve ever been to – if you’re in the NE and interested in writing, you need to visit. Fact.



How to Tell a Story in an Image, Leeds Big Bookend, 3 June 2017


A workshop, truth be told, inspired by Ailsa Cox. She’s the world’s first professor in short fiction, don’t you know, and her work on images and narrative very much changed the direction of my own writing. Also bringing in some bad piano…

Flash Fiction in a Flash: The Word UK, 8 April 2017

How to write a piece of flash fiction and get it published.

The End, Unthank Books – University of Sunderland launch as part of the Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival


Bar Justice, 6.30pm, Sunderland, Free

Reading with AJ Ashworth, Ailsa Cox, Zoe Lambert. Bar Justice. Tickets: Free. Books will be on sale.


Women Writers – International Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester
17/4/14 – readings with Dr Gill James, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt (author of  While no one was Watching, winner of Bath Short Story Award, 2013) Free, but you need to register

University of Salford

6/3/14 – reading from Killing Daniel and Red Room

Guardian Masterclass, Salford Quays

30/11/13 – constructing a narrative and editing techniques

Blackburn Library

27/11/2013 – reading of stories from Red Room with Elizabeth Baines and Carys Davies

November 9th – Unlit Festival 2012 – Norwich

Killing Daniel – Sarah Dobbs

Unthology 3 – Various (and me)

November 22nd – Benjamin Wood

Short reading at Edge Hill Rose Theatre

December 13th – Manchester launch for ‘Killing Daniel’

King’s Arms, Salford

December 15thDark Clouds by Collective Unconscious – Worcester

Themes for Dreamers, Phoenix FM

18/2/2013 – you can listen again to the interview here. It was quite fun!

BBC Radio Lancs – 21/2/13 – 1.30 slot

Live from Preston art Gallery

University of Salford

12/3/2013 – reading and talk

Castle Hotel, Manchester

28/8/13 – Headliner at Bad Language

Off the Shelf

16/9/13 – Black’s Club, London, 11am-4pm. Reading and Q&A with Ashley Stokes, Nick Sweeney and Robin Jones (publisher)

The Bluecoat Chambers

2/11/13 – 3am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night. Brief reading to support Ailsa Cox’s new short story. Some of the Edge Hill students will be reading too! Come along.


Project U, Norwich – launch of Unthology 4 and Red Room

7/11/2013 – reading from Red Room and generally having a listening literary shindig. For details: @unthankbooks

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