Nine Worlds 2015

TOUCH by Claire North UK Cover

Guys!  You know how I announce things really late?  This is… …. just like that, but totally not my fault this time… So I’m going to Nine Worlds Geekfest 2015 this year.  On Sunday 9th at 11.45 I’m having a thing called a Kaffeeklatsch.  I’m not sure what this involves, but I think, in my mind, it means that I’m gonna bring biscuits and some tea and if anyone is wandering around and wants to drop in to chat about books, life and the wonders of the universe… or you know, other stuff… I’ll be chilling in a place, at …

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So there’s a few frequently asked question on this blog, and in the interest of not being useless, I figured I’d try and answer some here, and also put this post up as a page for all and sundry to see what the answers were as of July/August 2015.  Here goes… 1.  No, but seriously, enough mucking about – will there be any more Matthew Swift/Magicals Anonymous books? Short answer: I don’t know. Long answer:  There are no plans at this present time to write more.  This is not because I have any less love for the series – it …

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Reasonable Force


Over the last few months, I’ve started getting a bit more involved in self-defence stuff, specifically women’s self-defence.  I got into this through learning escrima – we take some fundamental concepts and apply them for students who have no martial experience whatsoever, in the hope of giving them an idea of what they could do and are permitted to do, both by society and in their own minds.  The aim is to instill a bit of confidence, a dose of awareness and the beginnings of a plan. One question that keeps cropping up is what constitutes reasonable force. As an …

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Down & Out in Edinburgh


I love George Orwell.  I say that – I don’t know a huge amount about him as a human being, because I’m always a bit scared of finding out too much about your heroes just in case – but Homage to Catalonia was and remains one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, and 1984 is genius, and Animal Farm is savage and true and incredible and his essays are often that rare combination of both powerful and beautiful to read and basically… one of my heroes. Also: Down and Out in London and Paris, a book written after …

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At Least He’s Breathing!

Magnifying glass

I was sat in a park near Brixton Underground a few days ago, scribbling away, when a man started having a seizure. He was in his mid-forties, I’d say, and was in the park, lying in the sun, with two of his friends.  We’ll call him John.  John had been there with woman – Jenny – before I arrived, resting on one side, occasionally drinking beer.  His second friend, Joe, had arrived roughly at the same time I was – when he entered the park, he was talking to himself, chiding something no one else could see, but on seeing …

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