Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Manchester Zine Fair and Hey Hey Hey book launch

In Manchester Art Gallery at Thursday tea-time, from 5pm until 8.45pm, one of three things will happen.

1. A sweltering portal to hell will rip open in the floor, releasing a hoard of bleeding and enraged LS Lowry matchstalk men who will suck the creativity from your brain using sink plungers, drills and silly putty.

2. The Manchester Zine Fair will host a whole range of brilliant publications, with stalls dotted around the ground floor of the gallery. One of those will be the official launch bookstall of Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey And Other Short Fiction, so you have to come and buy one. I'll even sign it. Later in the evening, Dave Haslam will introduce a talk about new publication based on the gallery's current theme Dreams Without Frontiers in which you should listen intently, wine in hand, but all along, let your veins inside your human body pulse to the rhythm of "hey hey hey hey hey hey hey hey."

3. An old man will fall asleep in a chair. He won't remember his dream, but two hours after he wakes, he will develop an acute taste for tinned ham.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Live page updated

The live page has been updated. Go here to look at it.

It has four upcoming events. On the 28th, I do a 20-minute set at OpenMind, a delightfully eccentric cabaret night of poets, musicians and people saying rude things. On the 30th, I hang out with the poets at the Lead Poets & Prose Society in Chorlton. On the 31st, I'll be launching my new collection on a bookstall at the Manchester Art Gallery zine fair - more about that soon.

And then in mid-February, I'll do a support slot for David Hartley's book launch for Gumbo Press. All the links are on the live page.

Saturday, 19 January 2013


My new book is at the printers. Hey.

I am cacking my longjohns. Hey hey.

It has been designed and edited to insane levels. The 25 stories that made the final cut for the anthology had to go through a Tron-style battle where the futuristic bikes were made from terror and self-doubt. Hey hey hey.

And now all I do is hope that when the books come back from the printers, they are not made from broken windows and half-chewed eyeballs. Hey hey hey hey.

Someone is interviewing me on Tuesday. Hey hey hey hey hey.

I have been tagged in a meme, which I shall use to promote the new book. Hey hey hey hey hey hey.

I will launch the book in an art gallery event. Hey hey hey hey hey hey hey.

My longjohns are cacked. Hey hey hey hey hey hey hey hey.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Victorian Girl

"it must have been hard to win the presedensy what with all the reasoned dibate you had to do on television"

New story Victorian Girl, as performed at Sadcore Dadwave in November 2012, now up on the video page of this site.