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Yeovil Literary Prize 2017

My debut YA Novel Strength has been Very Highly Commended (or a 'proud 4th' apparently) in the Novel category of the 2017 Yeovil Literary Prize. I'm thrilled with the result, and to be commended by this prestigious international competition. The judge said: "Strength’s Scottish setting is a mix of 'stale radiator air, ...

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North Shore Writers Festival 2017

Sat 8th April, 10-11.30-am. I'm a panellist at the North Shore Writers Festival, alongside Alexander Boldizar and Lawrence Verigin. We'll be talking about 'Setting and Character Development' in novels. Later, you can join the three of us at the Writer's Cafe in the Lunch Break Lounge. Chat about writing, ask questions - ...

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Noir at the Bar, May 4th 2016

I will be reading at the Shebeen Whisky House, Gastown, Vancouver as part of the 'Noir at the Bar' series on May 4th, 2016. Have a wee dram with myself, Owen Laukkanen, Dietrich Kalteis, Linda L. Richards, Robin Spano, Sam Wiebe and Debra Purdy Kong. ...

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Savour shortlisted for 2015 ReLit Awards

SAVOUR has been shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Awards in Canada. The awards recognise the best novels, short stories and poetry published by independent publishers in Canada in a given year. The CBC announcement is ...

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Crime Writers Lunch

I will be reading at the Crime Writers Lunch on Sat 17th October, as part of the Whistler Writers Festival. Along with William Deverell, Dietrich Kalteis, and Linden MacIntyre, I'll be chatting with Feet Banks about the depths of villainous creativity. Looking forward to mulling over evil, murder, mystery and other good ...

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The ‘Lizzy Trilogy’ Optioned for TV

The 'Lizzy Trilogy' (the first two books Nondescript Rambunctious and Savour, have been published to date) has been optioned by Vancouver-based Calypso 35 Films. Jeff Murphy, who won Best Writer Award at the 2014 Welsh BAFTAs for Hinterland, will be writing what is intended to be a multi-episode television series with ...

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Vancouver Writers Fest Contest

My story 'The Corners Fade' won 2nd place in The Vancouver Writers Fest fiction contest, 2014. The story can be read ...