April has proved to be a busy month, starting off with the Spirits of Place event up in Liverpool - a fantastic day, and a huge thank you to John Reppion for organising it. Here's to many more.

You can read my talk I gave here.

And I'd really recommend reading other transcripts of the wonderful talks given that including these by Adam Scovell and Ian 'Cat' Vincent and also read John's write-up of the day here.

I was also reading from my story 'Saltmarsh' on April 19th at the launch of Upshots, the London Short Story Prize 2015 anthology (I was shortlisted) at Waterstones Piccadilly. A great night with Spread the Word and all the other writers - you can buy the book here for a mere fiver. Thanks to Laura, Sanya, Ruth, Ruby and everyone else who attended.

Two days later I headed up to Colchester with David Southwell to read at the launch of The Migrant Waders from Dunlin Press. It was an excellent night, with the added bonus of getting to talk and drink with Twitter friends like Justin Hopper and Simon Spanton. The chance to write creatively about British birds was a great opportunity and I'm really happy to be in the anthology (and look forward to reading the whole thing!), with a piece about avocets, Nazis, and ideas of national identity.

I also learned, trying to walk to the town centre from the train station, that Colchester is definitely not for pedestrians.

Influx Press have just signed off on our latest anthology, An Unreliable Guide to Londonwhich will be out in July. Full details of the launch and other related events will be up very soon. 

Unsung Stories release The Arrival of Missives on May 9th, the new novel from Aliya Whiteley. We're launching this amazing book at Blackwell's Holborn on May 3rd and you really should come.

And finally I'm heading to Hastings at the weekend for the Jack-in-the-Green festival with Gareth E. Rees. Expect photos and a write-up soon.