I'm delighted to have been placed 3rd in the To Hull and Back Short Story Competition. This is a marvellously bonkers competition and, as the writer of many bonkers' stories, it's a rare and welcome opportunity to find a wee bit of a platform.
I'll be reading in Bristol on Saturday 8th December at the Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5RW at 6.30pm. Do come and join us if you're in the area.
And if you're wondering about the picture above - it isn't a scene from Dr. Who, but a snapshot of the city's residents who painted themselves blue for Spencer Tunick's installation 'Sea of Hull'.
Also forthcoming is the celebration of Oxford's twinning with six cities - Bonn, Grenoble, Leon, Lieden, Perm and Wroclaw. The wonderful Arne Richards has curated and composed some excellent music for the cantata and several community choirs will be performing alongside Oxford Concert Party that evening. As for the text of the cantata - that, too, is bonkers (I wrote it).
I will be making a comeback from my acting career (last seen in 1987) with the inimitable Rip Bulkley of Back Room Poets for some fun and jolly japes. Don't miss it. This is a one-off.
The date in your diaries is Thursday 22nd November and the performance will be at Oxford Town Hall.
In the meantime, if someone can help me with my pronunciation of Wroclaw, I would be very grateful.