Performing at the Ilkley Fringe Festival

I’m delighted, delighted, chuffed to announce that I will be reading my short story from the Leeds Trinity University Creative Writing Anthology at the Ilkley Fringe Festival on 4th October.Leeds Trinity University Anthology

This is the anthology I co-edited with the wonderfully creative and super-organised Lucy Brighton, under the supervision of Prof. Hardwick.

I’ve organised for a small group of contributors to read our work at the Festival, giving priority to emerging writers. For most of us, this is our first published piece of work. Yay!

It’ll be my first performance. I am rigid with fear and bubbling with enthusiasm in equal measure. How is that even possible? And how will such a mismatched duality manifest itself on the night? Continue reading


Travel Writing Cliches to Avoid.

Travel writing is riddled with cliches.  They make your writing predictable and unmemorable.  Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

The best way to be familiar with those cliches is to read a lot.  If you’ve got your brain switched on, the cliches  start popping out at you after a while.

Here’s a glossary to the most popular (oh, and I promise never to use any of them).

Steeped in history. A town or city where loads of things happened once. People were separated from their heads in the town square,  invading armies heaved themselves uphill towards the castle (now open for guided tours) and pustule-riddled plague victims were wheeled off on a cart. We’ve loads of places like this in the UK.

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