Wednesday, 26 January 2011

'Immensely Liberating'

I've had no internet for nearly a week - it has been mildy annoying buy mainly immensely liberating.

I've nearly written a new book.

And I've been reading this.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Reading / Writing


I wrote this for The Guardian, about the reformation/influence of Big Audio Dynamite.

I'm currently reading this. I read it in 1998 but have no recollection as to the contents, so thought I should investigate again:

I'm also reading this, about Vivian Mackerrell aka "the real Withnail"....

...who acted in this (which I'd love to see if anyone has a copy).


Thursday, 20 January 2011

Competition Winner

Congratulations to Andrea Shergalis from Ohio, who has won a signed copy of Richard.

It's frosty this morning. I'm going to go and look at some art.

Monday, 17 January 2011

'Brief / Banal'

Good morning. I'm working on a new novel at the moment. I started it in 2007 (pre-Richard) and resumed it in 2010 and consequently it is at a relatively advanced stage, so postings here may be somewhat irregular and / or brief / banal.

The Quietus have done an interview with me about Richard, and featured an extract from the book. You can read that here.

I'mn currently reading:

Friday, 14 January 2011

Now Playing

Last by The Unthanks (out in March)


Nearly 3 years ago I wrote a story called '.........', which was published on 3:AM Magazine. Quite a few people have been re-reading it and circulating it on Twitter this week so I thought I'd link to it again. It is a parody. Here it is.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Monday, 10 January 2011

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Valhalla Dancehall.


Regular readers may be aware that my tolerance for low-grade indie and/or rock has whithered to a near non-existent level, yet my enthusiasm for the band British Sea Power with their many literary, geographical and topographical references continues unabated.

I've written a few words about their new album Valhalla Dancehall for The Quietus, which you can read here.

In other news: I will shortly be announcing the winner of the recent competition to win a signed copy of Richard plus some other bits. Watch this space. This one right here.

In other news: it is my birthday and I got a fine array of new acquisitions, ranging from Chekhov to Sun Ra, Childish to Cope and beyond. That's good. Thanks.

In other news: it's raining profusely across Yorkshire.

Good day to you all.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Win A Book

** Update **

(I am re-posting this as new year's eve was possibly not the best time to attempt to run a competition.)

I am giving away one copy of RICHARD: A NOVEL.

It will be signed by the author (me).

You (the lucky recipient) will also receive a randomly selected object that is close to hand whenever the book is inserted into a A5 padded envelope. This may or may not be of monetary value.

This giveaway will be limited to individuals who have not yet read RICHARD: A NOVEL.

The only stipulation is that you (the lucky recipient) will then proceed to or and submit a review of RICHARD: A NOVEL that begins with the words "I won a copy of this book in a competition..."

What you (the lucky etc etc) choose to write beyond that point - if you choose to write anything at all - is entirely your decision.

To enter simply post your name below before January 10 2011, upon which date a name will be randomly selected and the 'winner' notified.