Delighted to be reading for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast on Thursday 19th November, alongside the excellent Catríona O’Reilly.

The reading starts at 8pm in Crescent Arts Centre. More information can be found on their website.

BBC-Radio-4-Front-RowLast night’s Front Row included an interview with me about “Broderie Anglaise”, the challenge of self-fashioning, battles over narrative, the boomerang generation, and other such things. You can listen to it here.

psychologiesI’ve written a tiny piece on Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” for Psychologies magazine’s “Stories to Change Your Life” feature. You can read it here, along with responses by the other writers shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award to books and stories that have been important to them.


I’m delighted to have been included on the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award 2015, alongside Hilary Mantel, Jeremy Page, Jonathan Buckley and Mark Haddon.

My story “Broderie Anglaise” will be broadcast on Wednesday 23rd September at 3.30pm on BBC Radio 4, preceded by an interview on Front Row on Tuesday 22nd September at 7.15pm.

You can read more about the shortlist on the Booktrust website.

Durham Book Festival 2015I’ll be at Durham Book Festival on Saturday 10th October to read from and talk about Disinformation.

The event starts at 2.30pm in the Burlison Gallery, which is inside Durham Town Hall

For more information and details of how to get tickets, please see the festival website here.

troubadoursI’m reading with Michelle Boisseau, Robert Seatter, Huw Warren & Stuart Silver on Monday 25th May at Coffee House Poetry’s what we should have said… at the Troubadour, 236-237 Old Brompton Road, London SW5.

The event starts at 8pm with readings from the Letterpress Poets, and entry is £7. More details on the Coffee House Poetry website here.

bookshop_frontI’m reading with Helen Mort at The Crown in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, an event organised by The Woodstock Bookshop, on Monday 20th April 2015 at 7pm. Tickets £5 or free to students. Booking is “essential”: contact The Woodstock Bookshop via their website (


Wondrous technology! If you’ve tried to write to me using the Contact Form on this website and haven’t had a reply, it’s highly likely that I didn’t receive your message, I now discover. Re-send if you still feel inclined. It’s all fixed now.

wow_sunday_only_passOn Sunday 8th March 2015, the Southbank Centre is hosting a day-long celebration of Women of the World. I’ll be taking part in a discussion of Emily Dickinson’s life and work at midday, along with Lyndall Gordon, Erica Wagner and Juliette Stevenson. Other events include explorations of women in tech and in sport, ownership of the female body, the sexualisation of black women in popular culture, and female icons from the Classical world. All the details are here:

stwI’ll be onR4′s  Start the Week this coming Monday 26th January at 9am, talking about (dis)organised minds, creativity, the information age, and whatever else comes up. The other guests are neuroscientist Daniel Levitin; conductor and Mozart expert Ian Page; and cognitive scientist Maggie Boden, who will be talking about creative AIs. More info and listen live here.

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