June 28, 2018


Summer: the time of soaking up rays and outdoor frolics. Or, if you're one of the 18 million sufferers of hay fever in the UK, hiding indoors and trying to deal with sneezing, headaches, a sore throat, and red, itchy, painful eyes. 

This year has been particularl...

June 3, 2018

Millennial Pink (Undergrad Indigo)!

Yep. That's right. I poured my heart into a poem, edited it, and sent it out into the world with the title 'Millennial Pink (Undergrad Indigo)'. And what's more, someone actually wanted to publish it! I can't believe it either.

The goo...

May 29, 2018

Look at this fantastically weird (and, according to my brother, f****** creepy) cover of Dark Lane Anthology 6.

Don't you wanna dive inside and see what disconcerting tales are waiting for you? Maybe with the light on? 

'Green Pastures' tells the story of Tom, a recent g...

May 21, 2018

I suck at design. Anything artistic will end up looking like a bundle of twigs (unless it was meant to be a bundle of twigs, and then it looks like falafel).

When I first started this website, I used trusty ol' MS Word and a Sony Xperia XA1 to create images to represent...

May 20, 2018

I haven't written anything for a while, but that's only because everything has been so busy! 

Stirling Publishing went to the London Book Fair in April, which was an exciting - and fruitful - experience. We signed Dawn French's fantasy YA 'Brotherhood of Shades' and mad...

February 26, 2018

Whether writing, editing, or liaising with clients, I spend the majority of my day on the laptop. Staring at a computer screen isn't good for my eyes or for keeping my body moving, but with deadlines rolling in it can feel like time away from the keyboard is only going...

February 9, 2018

I've never reviewed an anthology before (or read that many, to be honest) but now that we will soon be announcing our winners for Stirling Publishing's inaugural anthology, I guess I'm in the mood to examine what other publishers are doing with theirs. I bought this an...

February 5, 2018

It's difficult to review a sequel to His Dark Materials, one of the most evocative trilogies in English literature -- and particularly when we consider that they are children's books. With its dizzying array of alethiometers, armoured fighting bears, flying witches, pa...

January 29, 2018

It's amazing how an idea that I mulled over in my head for about a year (and swapped and changed, and tried to meld with other things, and put in any number of combinations) is finally coming together. Today I started work on my first draft of Part III -- the final par...

January 26, 2018

I absolutely love the TV series 13 Reasons Why. If it hadn't been for that, I probably would have passed this book over, but after watching the series on Netflix (twice) I found that the paperback was in Tesco, so I added it to The Couple Next Door to give me something...

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