Happy New Year, all! Another solar cycle complete; hopefully a little more rested, a little less stressed in time for the next orbital rollick. 2019 was a bit of a rollercoaster, all things considered – both good and bad. As anyone who’s regularly poked at this corner of the internet will notice – there’s a […]Read More
General Election 2019
In about 48 hours, the UK goes to the polls again. And not gonna lie – I’m knackered. But if you only read one paragraph of this, then please, please go vote. The issues facing this country right now are huge. Please take this opportunity to have your say, however uch the whole political process feels […]Read More
The Pursuit of William Abbey – available now!
Whooooo! New book! New book published new book! It’s in the UK, US and I think internationally available in English, with other languages coming. It’s also available in audio, read by the very excellent Peter Kenny. The official blurb is below… and it’s now available in all good and hopefully even a few perfectly average […]Read More
S.M.A.S.H – November 23rd
Come join myself and a panel of awesome-sauce humans for an evening of, I’m hoping, chaos, arguments, wild non-sequiteurs and general high-jinks at the Barbican Library (one of the Best Libraries Ever) on November 23rd for S.M.A.S.H, hosted by the London Graphic Novel Network. We’re specifically gonna be tackling Dystopias, Reality and Censorship, and it […]Read More
William Abbey – publishes soon!
‘Tis nearly November 2019, which means…. The Pursuit of William Abbey will be out in all good bookshops – and ebook retailers – and as an audiobook – soon! November 14th, whooooo! It’s the story of a doctor who, in 1884, is cursed for standing idly by while a barbaric injustice is committed. From that […]Read More
What I Learned Watching Criminal – Netflix
Criminal: UK Protocol is everything. If you have 30 seconds until the interview is over, you have 30 seconds, and that’s it. You do not cross that line. A lot depends on your solicitor. They are there to enforce protocol. Protocol is everything. Romance is a shy, tender thing. Any romance that goes beyond a […]Read More
Support the Climate Strike
Very late in the day, please support the climate strike! Climate change is the single greatest threat to our existence. It is already manifesting in deadly heatwaves, spreading diseases, decreased fertility, water shortages and ever-more deadly extreme weather. It is ruining crops and lives; driving up the cost of the food on your shelves and […]Read More
Sweet Tooth In London
It is a Famous Fact, that I love cake. As someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, having cake is the main means through which I socialise with people. It is like going to the pub, only way more chocolatey. I also have the palette of a five-year-old. How much icing is the correct amount? All the […]Read More
I am learning to run longer distances. Oh god it sucks. But sometimes it doesn’t! And sometimes it especially doesn’t because London has some great running routes if you know where to look…. (Most of these will be north London, as that’s where I primarily run.) The river. The Thames Path can carry you practically […]Read More
September 13th Birmingham!
Birmingham! I’m coming to say hello on September 13th courtesy of the lovely Birmingham Science Fiction Group! It’d be lovely if you’re around; come knatter about geekery and books. For more information visit: http://www.birminghamsfgroup.org.uk/ Hope to see you there!Read More
Teching at the Edinburgh Festival
This year I am not at the Edinburgh Festival, bucking a rule that has held for many years of my life. I have worked on a bundle of shows up there over several years, and figured as the Festival is currently in full swing I may as well sit back, chill out, and reminisce on […]Read More
Why I’m A Squishy Leftie
If you’ve spent more than 20s on this blog, you’ll know I’m a squishy leftie. I tick a bundle of the boxes – extremely concerned about climate change, social inequality, feminism, discrimination etc.. I was pro-Corbyn until it became apparent that he was pretty useless, and have generally voted Green my whole life, especially in […]Read More