I teaching creative writing at the City Literary Institute in London
Module leader for Life Writing, Long Fiction, Professionalism and Publication, Dissertation support and publisher of an anthology of student work
I founded and ran Dead Ink Books for four years. I developed new ways for authors to connect with readers, embracing new trends like E-Books and subscription / kickstarter models whilst maintaining a traditional sense of editorial value and vigour.
LS13 is a snapshot of a generation of emerging writers working or living in Leeds today. The selection is diverse – from sea shanties about Clarence Dock to science fiction, social realism, concrete poetry, magic realism, flash fiction, a crime novel, rocket builders, dreamers, monsters and ice men – these are stories from Leeds, in Leeds and outside of Leeds, from the pens and imaginations of... read more
Wild Ink is a blackly comic story of friendship and envy, love and memory, booze and uproar, secrets and scandal. Albert Chaliapin is dead – or at least, he feels like he ought to be. He lives in a world occupied only by the ghosts of his former life (and his nurse, who can’t even get his name right). Then, one day, his past – in the form of a drunk cartoonist, a suicidal hack and a corrupt Ci... read more
We believe in young writers – specifically those aged between 16 and 25 – no offence to the other – and want to give them a space to display their work. This can be fiction, poetry, literary reviews, and discussions about writing itself. We’re quite greedy! In the Monet issue you'll find new writing Sarah Fletcher, Hannah Bullimore, Andy Cook, Emma Forbes, interviews with Joe Dunthorne and Rac... read more
In this issue, you will find interviews with Aki Schilz, a brilliant writer and Editorial Services Manager at The Literary Consultancy. Aki speaks eloquenty about writing and a new TLC free manuscript appraisal scheme being offered to young writers run in partnership with the NAWE Young Writers’ Hub. We also grill one of the most existing emerging writers in the country, Sally Ashton, on her n... read more
"Controller is both fierce and fearless. It is a compelling, unblinking journey into the dark." Stephen MayHow far would you go to satisfy your desires? Sex and punishment, art and exploitation, Controller is the debut novella from one of the UK’s finest young writers.A young traveller finds herself in Northern Spain, working as an artist’s model. As her relationship with the artist deepens an... read more
A science fiction odyssey set in the retro-futurist Moscow of 1969.Marina Mernova, a KGB officer and older sister to little Leon, is given a simple mission: to find a missing scientist of high value to the Soviet space programme.1960s Russia is a land of rockets and shortages, a utopia with a paranoid underbelly – and Marina’s search uncovers a chilling experiment that will shatter the limits ... read more
This DEAD INK anthology celebrates nine winning stories from the 2010 LadyFest Competition judged by Bidisha. Contributors include Angela Jackson, Kathy Keown, Rosalind Newman, Laura O'Brien, Sarvat Hasin, Kate Pocklington, Aimee Cliff, Farah Ghuznavi and Cherish Shirley. Competition judge Bidisha writes of the winning stories:WINNER: A Touch of Male by Cherish Shirley. "A Touch of Male was wr... read more
Deep in the ruins of a collapsed Spanish city, Estrella is trying to survive with the best skills she has – torturing men. But in the basement of Paco's bar, her victim is making life difficult with his outrageous requests. Meanwhile, upstairs, her landlord is demanding overdue rent and the washed-up locals are getting abusive. Danny Broderick's beautiful and melancholic story of love and desi... read more
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