Thursday 14 June 2018
Lit Crawl Belfast:
As part of the Belfast Book Festival, come to No Alibis see me and Rosemary Jenkinson read from works by our favourite crime authors, as well as from our own, on Saturday 16th June at 6pm.
I plan to read from The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett and an excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe's story, The Tell-Tale Heart. I've been practising and timing my readings and everything, because the lovely Jan Carson warned me not to run over my time-slot, and I'd prefer it if she didn't have to tell me off.
I know after watching the recent Novel Ideas video featuring Rosemary that she's a great reader (as you'd expect from a playwright of her calibre) and I'm really looking forward to hearing her read from her new short story collection Catholic Boy. And to getting my copy signed.
Bangor Library DowNoir:
And I'll be reading, Q&Aing and strumming at Bangor Library on Thursday 21st of June at 7:30pm (not the 19th as I mistakenly advertised on my latest podcast episode!) with Simon Maltman.
I'm a fan of Simon Maltman's work, and particularly enjoyed the Bongo Fury novellas. They're lean, mean, fast and fearless. I imagine he'll be reading from his latest novel, A Kill for the Poet, which I know will be a treat. And he's a much better singer and guitarist than me, so that'll be good for keeping my troublesome ego in check.
Be there or be quare disappointed.
Wednesday 13 June 2018
I've finally done it. After years of thinking about it, months of talking about it, and weeks of reading about it, I've figured out how to record and distribute a podcast from the comfort of my own bedroom/office/studio. And by the time you read this there might even be a second or third episode available for you to sample.
For now, I'm still experimenting with the format, but I'd like to get some feedback on what the sweet spot for a one-man crime fiction show is, so tell me if it's over too quickly or runs too long. As I say in the first episode, I do want to address questions about the creative writing process, and to talk about the books I'm reading or have recently read.
Tuning in will also keep you up to date on my upcoming releases and all that jazz, because self promotion.
These early podcasts are basically for the people who have asked for audiobook versions of my work. I'm starting with my novella, BOUNCE. It's free, the sound quality is pretty good, and my accent is weird.
Why haven't you downloaded it already?