Read Regional: Sunderland

The tour begins! Last Thursday I had my first Read Regional event, at Sunderland City Library. I haven’t been to the city since I was a student – and my memories of a night out there are a bit hazy. I knew about Sunderland’s ship building history though (my Grandad worked at Smith’s Dock in […]

Read Regional 2018

I am delighted that The Companion has been selected as one of the 12 books for this years New Writing North Read Regional campaign. From March to June each year, Read Regional celebrates selected new books – fiction, poetry, children’s books and non-fiction – from the North of England. At libraries and literary festivals across […]

The Northern Writers’ Awards

On 16th November I am taking part in the Northern Writer’s Awards 2018 Yorkshire Roadshow. I was so chuffed to be asked along as winning one of the Awards in 2014 had a huge impact on my writing career. On Thursday 30th January 2014 I was sitting at my computer. Working. But I had the […]

The Companion paperback

I was very excited to receive this on Friday – the paperback of The Companion. I absolutely love the cover – the focus is still on the two boys but with a more eye-catching colour palette. And a fantastic cover quote for the wonderfully talented C. L. Taylor. I mocked up a book shop table […]

Publication day

It’s publication day for The Companion! I am now officially a published author and Billy and Anna’s story is out in the world. I will be celebrating later with rhubarb gin and prosecco cocktails. Yesterday I had a lovely trip to London. I signed 50 copies of The Companion at Goldsboro Books, who specialise in […]

The Launch!

‘The Companion’ was launched last night in the chapel at the wonderful Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge.  With the help of family and friends the room was decorated with bunting, vintage tablecloths and china and posies of flowers in jam jars. The soundtrack to the 2004 film De-Lovely completed what I hoped was an evocation […]

I met my book!

So, on Saturday I met my book! Like many moments on my journey to publication it wasn’t quite how I had imagined it. I thought it would be a private moment at home, when a parcel arrived from my publisher. But on Saturday morning I left the house before the postman, and the parcel arrived. […]