Cover Reveal and Pre-Order
On the left is the final cover for Man at Sea. The book itself is coming on 30th June 2022 from Fly on the Wall Press and it's available for pre-order, either directly from the publisher or from Waterstones. Click on either to follow the link and complete your purchase.
Plenty of events and advance publicity to come, but for now here is some advance praise from Kevin MacNeil: Intimate and expansive, this tantalising thriller pulses with mysteries, secrets, and surprises. Man at Sea is both timely and historical, at once rich in implication and action. Like the sea itself the story is swift, deep, exhilarating, and ultimately unpredictable.
Man at Sea announced
I'm delighted to say that my third novel, Man at Sea, will be published in June 2022 by the fabulous Fly on the Wall Press. The novel is part historical-thriller, part family-saga, set in Malta during WWII and then twenty years later as the island seeks independence. More information on it and on Fly on the Wall through the link below:
Image opposite is of anti-aircraft tracer fire in Malta during WWII. Copyright of Imperial War Museum.
I'm really pleased to have a short story, Scavengers, in the Stryvling Press Anthology Pharos, out now and available through this link. This is an anthology very close to my heart because it includes work from the first ten years of the MLitt in Creative Writing at Stirling University. It's a course I'm very priviledged to teach on and the collection stands as testament to the fantastic writers who've come through our doors in recent years...
I also have a short story titled Delivery available up on the excellent Fictive Dream website, available here.
Agent for New Novel
Delighted to share that I've signed with agent Joanna Swainson, of Hardman and Swainson, for the next novel which is a thriller set in a commune on the west coast of Scotland. We've been working on the manuscript over the past few months -- well, I've been working on it for the past few years -- and we'll hopefully be in a position to share further news on that front soon. Very exciting!
I'm really pleased to announce that I'll be one of the seven participants in the Scottish Film Talent Network's Write4Film scheme this coming year. The scheme develops the screenwriting skills of writers from other forms and culminates in the pitching of a short film script and feature outline to producers and directors. Looking forward to getting started!
'Bird-Trapping' Extract in New Writing
An extract from my work-in-progress novel dot dot dash has been published in the New Writing journal. It's the story of a young boy, Joe, in wartime Malta and his attempts to capture a Luftwaffe plane as they fly across the island on their bombing sorties. The extract is behind a paywall, but there are fifty free views, so if you're quick then you could have a sneak preview of the novel before anyone else! Follow this link.
Stories in Northwords Now & Freckle
I'm delighted to have two short stories out in literary magazines this Spring. One of my Rare Stories, 'deericide', is in the latest issue of Northwords Now: http://northwordsnow.co.uk/ I've also got a story, 'In the Event of Landing on Water', in Issue 6 of Freckle magazine (image on right) alongside new writing from Kevin MacNeil and Garrett Carr.
Stirling in 50 Objects
The University of Stirling is 50 years old and, to celebrate, there's a book detailing the history of the institution as told through 50 objects; a mix of short fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reportage. My story centres on the 'graduation cap'. You can buy a copy through the university's online shop here.
Overland to Malta Paper
I'm delighted to have a critical essay on my current work-in-progress in the latest issue of Text Journal, produced by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). It's an essay which documents a research trip I took, by train and ferry, down to Malta to research my next book, dot dot dash. In making the journey, I also took the time to reflect a little on Brexit and on the Scottish Independence Referendum. You can read the full text here: http://www.textjournal.com.au/oct17/bell.htm
Hello, welcome to the new-look website. I've decided to migrate across to a different server, but will continue to update this News & Events page. Look out for a new writing venture -- 'The Rare Stories' -- in the New Year as well!