Into the Unknown

Sunday, July 9th 2017

Apologies for the radio silence for so long – stuff got in the way, but I’m trying to overcome that now and am even back to writing once again, despite the strain it seems to put on my eyes these days.

I managed to take time out from the stuff of life yesterday in a last minute decision to head up to the Barbican with my son to take a look (actually make that, ‘fully immerse myself) at their ‘Into the Unknown’ science fiction exhibition.

Very nicely curated and well organised with timed entry to keep things from getting overcrowded.

Great escapism into all things Sci-Fi, in fiction, television, video games  and movies – highly recommended.…

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David Bowie – Fame Fashion Photography – exhibition & auction 7 – 19th June for Cancer Research UK

Tuesday, June 7th 2016

I popped along to this great exhibition of photography in Heddon Street (right opposite the location of the classic Ziggy Stardust album cover) this evening (see photo through the gallery doorway to see the Ziggy plaque).

Well worth a visit – it’s free to attend but do buy the glossy limited edition catalogue for more than the fiver that Cancer Research are asking as the minimum donation and then take part in the silent auction online too to stand a chance of getting one of these great collectables for your home – and raising money for such a great cause into the bargain.…

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Challenge 30 – get author feedback or editorial services for a great price and help a good cause too

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

You may have seen a few mentions about this on Twitter, as Avon’s Editorial Director Helen Huthwaite (seen below as a Christmas pudding) has been putting herself through monstrous challenges this year in a bid to raise £30,000 for her charity S.A.L.V.E., which aims to build a house for children living on the streets in Uganda. ‘Challenge 30’ means she has been running marathons, swimming in lakes, competing in triathlons and more, and putting the rest of Team Avon to shame.

This Christmas, she’s offering a pretty special opportunity for writers.

She’s compiled a BRILLIANT list of agents, authors and Editors, who are offering their services as a gift to aspiring writers.…

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The Gollancz Festival for Writers (London)

Friday, October 2nd 2015

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The Gollancz Festival (Manchester)

Friday, October 2nd 2015

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Monday, July 13th 2015

Gutted that I didn’t manage to catch up on all the #BritCrime activities over the weekend, but not all is lost as I pour a glass of red and settle back to watch ‘Harper Collins presents….Authors in conversation with BritCrime’, featuring Martyn Waites, Alex Marwood, CL Taylor, Helen Smith and Simon Toyne – and, if you missed it, you can catch up too – just click HERE.

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National Flash-Fiction Day is coming………

Thursday, May 7th 2015

A message from Calum Kerr
Director, National Flash-Fiction Day

Hello everyone,

Well, here in the UK it is Election Day. I’m just about to head out to vote and I urge you to do the same. (If I said I don’t care who you vote for, I’d be lying – of course I care – but whoever it is, I just think you should vote.)

Once you’ve written your X in the box, maybe it’s time to sit down and use even more letters to create something almost as wonderful as a functioning democracy. I’m talking, of course, about flash-fictions!

Our Anthology is still open for submissions.…

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Pop Forensics at the Wellcome Collection – a two day event of film screenings and discussion.

Monday, April 27th 2015

Friday 5th – Saturday 6th June.

The Wellcome Collection will be hosting a two-day event of film screenings and discussion to explore the way forensic science is portrayed in popular culture and how this might affect the court room.

Films include; Mystery Street, Manhunter and Murder by Numbers.

Bookings available from 29 May at or on 020 7611 2222…

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How to write a psychological thriller with Erin Kelly – A Guardian Masterclass

Sunday, April 26th 2015

For all the budding crime writers out there:
Dates: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 2015 | Times: 10am-4pm
Price: £449 | Capacity: 16
Erin Kelly.
Learn how to write a thrilling page-turner that readers and publishers will love

There’s nothing like a good psychological thriller – full of twists, turns, suspense and drama. If you want to learn how to turn your idea for a novel into page-turner, this stimulating course will show you how. Over the course of two days, Erin Kelly, bestselling author of The Poison Tree and Broadchurch: The Novel, will teach you how the best psychological thrillers keep readers hooked from the very first page.…

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Crime Writing at Moniack Mhor with Val McDermid & Louise Welch, plus a mystery guest reader

Sunday, April 19th 2015

Whilst on a trip around bookshops last week in London I stumbled across the brochure for Moniack Mhor – Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre.

This was a new one on me, but the Crime Writing Course they have on offer makes me tempted to jack in my job and set off trekking towards the highlands right now with laptop on my back. The course is from Monday 25th May – Saturday 30th May so, if I set off now, I should get there in time ….

According to the website, it is already fully booked (I’m not surprised) but there is a waiting list:

Want to know how to make a reader’s heart rate increase?

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