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La tua storia mi riguarda

I left my teaching job at Roma 3 University last autumn, after having worked there for almost thirty years. I started at the Faculty of Letters, but was moved to the university’s language centre, attended by students from all the … Continue reading

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Ghosts of a Low Moon: An interview with Andrew Oldham

I’ve recently read Andrew Oldham’s debut poetry collection, Ghosts of a Low Moon, published by Lapwing. It’s an impressive collection, moving with ease from what might appear at first glance to be unmediated social realism to moments of great lyricism, … Continue reading

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Snail-keeping and Sunday salons

Clare Dudman, author of A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees (which I’m currently reading and wholeheartedly recommend – but more of that later), has interviewed me for her Sunday Salon on her literary blog, Keeper of the Snails. We … Continue reading

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Not your average thriller

Nik Perring, author of Not so Perfect, was kind enough to ask me some rather challenging questions about Any Human Face. You can find those questions, and my answers, here.

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Patricia E. Fogarty of TheAmerican | inItalia interviewed me recently, about Little Monsters and Any Human Face, along with the whole business of living and writing abroad. As you’ll see, I’m snugly placed between a piece on the highly regarded … Continue reading

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The Fiction Desk interview

A couple of weeks ago I met up with Rob, the man behind one of the most interesting and wide-ranging literary blogs around, The Fiction Desk. We had an excellent lunch and talked about, among other things, writing, publishing strategies, … Continue reading

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An A-Z of Possible Worlds

I was given the chance to read A.C. Tillyer’s extremely impressive début collection An A-Z of Possible Worlds a couple of months ago. This is what I wrote: Bristling with intelligence and invention, often drily hilarious and occasionally chilling, this … Continue reading

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Scones and tales

My seventh visit on the Something Rich and Strange tour and this time I’m in Devon, enjoying a cuppa and a couple of home-made scones with Dovegreyreader as we talk about The Scent of Cinnamon. She asks me some great … Continue reading

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I’d like to welcome a new online literary journal, entitled 21. Produced by Edge Hill University, it describes itself as : “a peer-reviewed, online critical journal exploring contemporary and innovative fiction. We are interested in cutting edge fiction from the … Continue reading

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FAO interview

The following interview appeared in FAO In Touch, the in-house newsletter of the Food and Agriculture Organisation where I (and, coincidentally, Carol, the narrator of Little Monsters) work. FAO editor publishes critically acclaimed novel ‘I was in Turin and saw … Continue reading

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