“A promising but problematic debut” – Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Originally posted on Bookmunch:
Jennie Melamed’s debut novel, Gather the Daughters, drags us into a strange society on an isolated island where gender roles are twisted and magnified. It depicts a dystopian future, not unlike that in Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, in which the women are kept under strict control and play a very limited…

Start-up Stories 3. STORGY

It’s time for #Startup Stories 3 from @morestorgy. What does it take to set-up a magazine?

Short story featured on a podcast

I have a short story featured on a brand new podcast! As some of you may already know that I’m not just a copywriter. I also write short stories. Sometimes those stories get published. And sometimes those stories get featured on brand new awesome podcasts showcasing music and literature in a kind of industrial, epic mash of curious noise and stories.

Darling Baby Mine by John de St Jorre

Darling Baby Mine by John de St Jorre is out today. I’m biased, because I editing the book, but it’s a fascinating literary memoir that deserves to be read. It’s about John’s search for his mother, with nothing but a memory of her smoking to keep him company. Her identity is a secret and she’s mostlyContinue reading “Darling Baby Mine by John de St Jorre”

The Mechanic

A new short story from one of my favourite writers.  ‘You’re already fifteen minutes late to pick me up. I’m standing in the front hall in my baby-doll dress and prairie boots, pretending to inspect a photograph of my young grandmother releasing a seagull from her sandy hand, when Dad comes in from his office.Continue reading “The Mechanic”

How I started reading: celebrating #InternationalLiteracyDay

I struggled as a kid to read. I was later diagnosed with dyslexia but at the time I just knew that books weren’t that fun, except of course when they were read in my mothers melodramatic voice, particular for Roald Dahl’s The Witches. I struggled over each word, and because of this could see nothingContinue reading “How I started reading: celebrating #InternationalLiteracyDay”