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Apex Flash Fiction Contest

Apex magazine is running a flash fiction contest called Steal the Spotlight. The word limit is 250 and there are five categories: sea monsters, black dog/Hellhounds, banshees, science experiments gone wrong, and demons. You can enter once per category. Every … Continue reading

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My X-Men Reboot

For their latest Mind Meld the nice folks at SF Signal asked a bunch of people to write about the topic of reboots in comics. Not only were we asked for our opinions on things like Cap-Falcon and Girl-Thor, they … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Reggae History & Short Stories

Yesterday was Jamaican Independence Day, which I had planned to celebrate with a little bit of discussion of reggae history. We got off to a slightly rocky start because my first guest, Jonathan Pinnock, had trouble finding the studio. Clearly … Continue reading

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Girl At The End Of The Amazon

Yes folks, the Kindle editions are now available. So if you prefer getting your ebooks from that big digital river, you can now buy The Girl at the End of the World, Book 2, including my story, from the following: … Continue reading

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Bristol Cable Looking for Flash Fiction

My pals at The Bristol Cable, a new community-based media venture for Bristol, are looking for flash fiction (up to 500 words) for their first issue. There’s no pay as yet, but then no one writing for them is getting … Continue reading

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Published Author

OK, so it isn’t exactly at SFWA rates, but at least it isn’t in a book I’m publishing myself. And I am getting paid for it. Besides, just look at that cover. So yeah, paperback copies of The Girl at … Continue reading

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Finncon – Day 2

This morning it was back to the academic conference. Who would have thought that a discussion about biological determinism would arise from a close reading of the Narnia books? Most importantly for you folks, it has been confirmed that there … Continue reading

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Ujima Tomorrow

It looks like we have a packed show for you on Women’s Outlook tomorrow. First up I’ll be talking to my friend Edson Burton about the life of the great Nigerian writer, Wole Soyinka. He (Soyinka, not Edson) will celebrate … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima: Flash Fiction, Autism, Somalia

Today’s show didn’t have a lot of me in it, and may well have been better for it as I was very tired and could have done better. Fortunately the biggest contribution I had was like falling off a log. … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts On Dialect

The subject of the use of dialect in fiction has been getting a fair amount of airing around the blogosphere of late. I’m very happy with it, as you might guess from my support for Nalo Hopkinson. I also note … Continue reading

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SLF Diversity Grants

I’m delighted to see that the Speculative Literature Foundation is introducing two new grants aimed at further promoting diversity in writing. Here are a few salient bits from the press release: The Diverse Writers Grant is intended to support new … Continue reading

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Writing As a Career Conference in Oxford

While I was in Oxford I had lunch with Juliet McKenna to discuss new book projects at Wizard’s Tower. She gave me a flier for a conference being organized by St. Hilda’s College in May. It is titled Writing As … Continue reading

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That Was The Fringe That Was

Well, I survived. Public speaking doesn’t bother me, of course. Heck, I host the Fringe events, and that’s way easier than doing live radio. Reading my own fiction, on that other hand, that’s scary, especially when I’m actually quite pleased … Continue reading

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March Fringe Podcasts

I got the March BristolCon Fringe readings edited over the weekend, and they are now available for listening below. First up we have Rosie Oliver who treated us to a short story, a fragment from a novel, and a preview … Continue reading

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In Which I Get Collected

I am going to be in this book. It is for charity. For a full further details including a full Table of Contents, see here.

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Win A Copy of Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion

Today I’ll be in Bristol talking to the amazing CN Lester live on Ujima Radio’s Women’s Outlook show. To keep you amused while I’m offline, here’s news of a contest being run by Pete Sutton, one of the writers with … Continue reading

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Mslexia Short Story Competition

Mslexia, the women’s writing magazine, is now open for submissions for their 2014 short story competition. I mention this because this judge for this year is Clarke Award winner, Jane Rogers. The first prize is £2,000 and there’s a £10 … Continue reading

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Me Elsewhere: Talking About Frawgs

My good friend Pete Sutton asked me for a guest post for his blog this month. I decided to say a few things about why I love all sorts of books (despite the fact that I publish and sell mainly … Continue reading

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Ladies: Destroy Science Fiction Now!

Yes girls, it is time to load up on the cooties and sally forth to terrorize those legions of 50-year-old adolescent boys who cannot bear to see their beloved genre polluted by things feminine. Lightspeed magazine is preparing a girls-only … Continue reading

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Routes to Diversity – Ask Questions

As I said yesterday, diversity in fiction can take many different forms, and happen in many different ways. I want to see more people from a wide variety of backgrounds producing books, but equally I want the people who are … Continue reading

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