I was raised in a fundamentalist religion and for most of my life didn't have much contact with unbelievers. Initially intending to be a full-time evangeliser when I left school, I applied to university at the prompting of my English teacher and despite disapproval from the organization I read English at Oxford before completing an M.A. by Research at York University.
I made most of the things on this website in my twenties while recovering from an illness. Part of that work turned out to be three novels: The Land of Decoration (published in 2012), The Professor of Poetry (published in 2013), and The Offering (published in 2015). You can hear me read some excerpts from the novels by clicking the link to the left.
The Land of Decoration is currently optioned to be made into a film.
I now live in London and am represented by Bill Hamilton at A. M. Heath. I periodically review fiction and non-fiction for publications such as the The Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, T.L.S. and The Observer.
In 2016 I was the writer-in-residence at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth, producing a collection of poetry, excerpts of which can be viewed on this site. In 2017 I was a writer-in-residence at the Centre for New Writing at Manchester University, giving one-to-one tutorials and seminars to Creative Writing M.A. and some PhD students.
I began writing because of circumstances rather than choice and at the moment don't want to continue doing it. Instead I would like to concentrate on ways of creating that don't rely so heavily upon thinking, knowing and story-making.
Music has always been the thing I loved most. I am happiest when I am singing; or, when I am happy I find myself singing. Either way, it was a mistake to neglect music for so many years (though in fact music informs most of my writing too).
I have just begun to perform some songs. You can listen to them here.
readings from the novels
the book of safe-keeping
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