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Free Fringe Event at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2013

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Join myself and fellow-author Peter Cooper for a fabulous FREE fringe event at the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Date: 15th October 2013.

Venue: Wildman Studio, Ilkley Playhouse

Time 9.00 – 10.00pm

We will take you on a journey through a selection of our favourite instances of trains and railway stations making an appearance in literature, and we will also be reading from Stations, an anthology from Arachne Press.

There will be free cake to enjoy on your journey, kindly provided by Exquisite Handmade Cakes!

More details here:

Ilkley Fringe Flier Word Doc

There are still tickets for some of the festival’s events, and there is also an interesting range of other free fringe events – check out the festival website and pop a couple in your diary to look forward to!

Society of Young Publishers event in Leeds:18th June 2013

You are very welcome to join me at this event organised by the Society of Young Publishers – North & Midlands.

I will be reading from my short story in the recently published anthology Stations and talking about writing. Click on the poster below for details.

For more information about Stations see below the poster.


Stations: Short Stories Inspired by the Overground Line
Edited by Cherry Potts of Arachne Press
Published in November 2012.

Twenty-four new short stories in homage to the East and South London section of the Overground Line: a story for every station from New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon at the Southern extremes of the line, all the way to Highbury & Islington.

From tigers in a South London suburb to retired Victorian police inspectors investigating train based thefts, from collectors of poets at Shadwell to life-changing decisions in Canonbury, by way of an art installation that defies the boundaries of a gallery,
Stations takes a sideways look through the windows of the Overground train, at life as it is, or might be,lived beside the rails:quirky, humorous and sometimes horrifying.

Ideal for the commuting reader, Stations would make an excellent souvenir of a visit to London and a perfect gift for lovers of London everywhere.


Adrian Gantlope
Andrew Blackman
Anna Fodorova
Bartle Sawbridge
Caroline Hardman
Cherry Potts
David Bausor
Ellie Stewart
Jacqueline Downs
Joan Taylor-Rowan
Katy Derby
Louise J Swingler
Max Hawker
Michael Trimmer
Paula Read
Peter Cooper
Peter Morgan
Rob Walton
Rosalind Stopps
Wendy Gill
© Arachne Press 2012

To the smoke for London Lies reading at Kilburn Library

The train is speeding through the flatlands, and it’s only four hours since I was driving out of the Yorkshire Dales through hard-falling rain along single track roads which were swamped by floods of about two feet deep in places.
I’m looking forward to meeting Cherry Potts of Arachne Press while I’m down south. She is the editor of the anthology I have a short story in, coming out late November/early December. It’s called ‘Stations: Short Stories Inspired by the Overground Line’.
This Thursday (27th September) I’m going to hear some readings from Arachne Press’s previous anthology of stories with a London flavour, ‘London Lies’.
Come and join us at Kilburn Library, 42 Salusbury Road, London NW6 6NN 6.30 to 7.45pm.

A new dawn

It is 6.51 and I have been up for twenty minutes already, trying to finish a short story in time for a deadline.

The sun is completely up now, and is starting its task of melting the fine frost on the hill opposite, and on the moss which covers the dry-stone walls outside the front door.

I have a Christmas-morning ache in my stomach as I wait for Amazon to deliver my first Kindle later today……I will report back tomorrow.