SEX – and its role in literary fiction

Is it political, provocative or sensationalist to document realistic experiences of sex in contemporary or literary fiction? I don’t think it should be. Literature documents ideas. The experience of the characters we write should ring with with truth and clarity. That should extend to sex they have. My friend C Green and I share our writing with … More SEX – and its role in literary fiction

My week in dreams

Swimming in the sea with grey whales and de-horned narwhal that had big square teeth My sister removing a mole on my face with a breadknife when the surgeon was too busy to come to theatre People reading Soap Novel and then talking about it with their friends Being chased by a man with a gun (standard dream for … More My week in dreams

The Homeless Man

This is a true story* A woman was shouting at the homeless man that sits outside Morrisons. He was cross legged on the pavement with a hoodie on. He’d pulled the sleeves over his hands and the hood down over most of his face. The rain had made his cardboard sign limp and the ink had … More The Homeless Man

Writing fiction is the best way I have of asking deeper questions about reality.

So is reading it. In books we can find a safe place to explore the world. In Fiction, ideas – idealistic and positive, or tragic and difficult to process – can be present in the characters and settings that the writer creates. To me, that is the power of fiction. In talking therapy (which I advocate) the therapist and … More Writing fiction is the best way I have of asking deeper questions about reality.

Ben and Odette try and invent their own magazine aged nineteen

(Scene is set in shared student kitchen around midnight on a weekday in Leicester, UK in 2001) Ben: Everyone in this god damn place is an idiot. Everyone is exactly the same. Odette: I know, right? Everyone… everyone thinks that the amount of ‘boring and the same’ they are is something they’ve achieved. Like, they’ve got … More Ben and Odette try and invent their own magazine aged nineteen

Welcome, friends

Welcome to a world, friends, where there are seven types of artificial sweetener available, should you choose to sweeten your coffee without sugar. There are 44,000 different radio stations to choose from, 270 religions you can devote yourself to and more than two genders you can decide to be. Welcome to a world where you can … More Welcome, friends