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I’ve Been Reading: Josiah Bancroft

“EVERYONE IS TALKING”, says the front cover of the beautiful ARC of Josiah Bancroft’s “Senlin Ascends”. Not just a wry allusion to the Biblical Tower of Babel, but a statement backed up by myriad Goodreads quotes, from writers and readers alike, all expressing huge enthusiasm for the book. Bancroft self-published “Senlin” in 2013, and put […]

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Story News: ‘Song of the Land’

My story ‘Song of the Land’ found a home in BFS: Horizons #5. It’s a little bit of magic realism, or maybe historical fantasy (what do these things mean? No one knows…) set in the English Civil War, and its protagonist is a blacksmith’s daughter, Beatrix Haywood. I originally wrote it as a flash piece […]

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I’ve Been Reading: Mark Lawrence, David Ashton, Ever Dundas, Owen Sheers

I miss reviewing stuff. There was a time – in another life, but spanning several years – where I’d churn out (sorry – lovingly craft) three or four album reviews a week. Hundreds and hundreds of the buggers. Hours and hours, words and words. It’s a mental jigsaw puzzle that goes together in a very […]

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Inspiration: A Trip to Granada, Spain

I’ve always found place explosively inspirational when it comes to writing. Reading prose and looking at art generate a little zap of imagination each, poetry and music quite a bit more, but actually going somewhere and breathing it in and absorbing all the little details has always worked wonders. A number of characters and settings […]

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