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COVID-19 update

Updated: Jul 6

Unfortunately with the ongoing pandemic many events, both large and small, are being cancelled. Among these are the Newcastle Writer’s Festival in April and also the Write Here! festival in May. I was booked to appear at both events, though I have already been assured I will be able to appear at next year’s Write Here! festival. I think it’s highly likely I’ll be able to appear at next year’s Newcastle Writer’s Festival as well.


The book signing on March 29 I previously advertised has been postponed indefinitely. Organisers have assured me the event will be going ahead at a later date, once things have returned to normal. But as you’re probably aware, nobody has an exact idea of when that will be. The only other event I had already been booked for this year is in September. We can only hope the situation will have stabilised by then. In any case I’ll keep you posted.


As they say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. At least that’s what I did in prison, using the enforced isolation to write my novel and then teach myself to draw. Now that I’m spending more time at home due to coronavirus I’m getting portrait drawing orders done a lot faster (send me an email if you’d like to order one), I’m making good progress on a couple different writing projects, plus I’m sure catching up on a lot of reading. If you’re looking for something to read to help pass the hours of self-isolation, obviously I do recommend my novel Scarred which is available on Kindle and for order from all good book retailers in paperback.

Stay safe everyone, and best wishes.

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