Monday, May 04, 2015

Some soundcloud recordings...

I do love reading my own work, and have recently discovered the delights of SoundCloud, where you can upload recordings... I've just added 3 new ones, including two poems that have just been published in Shearsman magazine, here they are below, in case you fancy a quick listen, and my SoundCloud Page has a load more!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Writing Short Stories eBook

Just to let you know that as of April 23rd, Writing Short Stories: a Writers And Artists' Companion - co-authored by me and Courttia Newland -  is available as an eBook! ePUB version here, Kindle version here. So now you can take it with you everywhere ;-)

Saturday, April 11, 2015


To follow up on the previous post, this is what I'm trying to foster with my retreat from Twitter etc...! "Getting into the mind-wandering mode helps to push a kind of neural reset button in the brain, it replenishes your focussed state..."

RSA Spotlight: Daniel Levitin on Information Overload from The RSA on Vimeo.

Monday, April 06, 2015


So, for the first time for 7 years, I'm taking a Twitter break, you won't find me over there right now. (There is some fake account, @boyletania, which looks like me but isn't me!). I have just been on a blissful three-day meditation retreat, and it spurred me on to strip away some of my self-created mind-chatter. If I could only tweet once a day, that would be fine, but Twitter has become such a big part of my life, and a mostly joyous one, that I don't seem - or didn't seem - to be able to do that. So I'm having a break. I may be back in a month, in a new way. I am watching myself to see if I feel the urge. I suspect I want to try more one-on-one conversations rather than one-on-5000 - but I will miss you all! I will see if write more, write differently, write about loss & sadness... :)

I am half way through my PhD and really want to experience every moment of it, allow myself the gift of total attention to it and to the book I am working on. It's all going so fast, I don't want to miss it. 

Shearsman 103 / 104In other news, I have two new poems in the brand new issue of Shearsman magazine, available here, and my poem, Lessons in Flanders Agriculture, which won 3rd prize in the Ruskin Poetry Prize, will be published in POEM magazine. Not sure exactly when, but - yippee!And I have a new - and LONG - short story coming out in the Summer issue of Ambit magazine. I'm all print right now, which is delightful. There may be some radio news coming up, as well as a collaboration with the wonderful Jo Bell - whose new poetry collection, Kith, comes out this month! Will keep you posted!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Novel Nights Short Story Special This Thurs, Bristol

EDITED: sadly, I wasn't well enough to go but I hear a great time was had by all, and I look foward perhaps to reading at Novel Nights another time!

I'm really looking forward to appearing at the Novel Nights' Short Story Special this Thurs March 19th at The Landsdown, in Bristol. The poor organisers had to put up with me saying to them for the past year, But you do know I don't write novels? Until it was explained that it's not ALWAYS novelists that they invite...  I am dense and annoying! Alongside wonderful writers Freya Morris, Ken Elkes, Judy Darley, Louise Gethin and Thomas Parker, I'll be reading some stories (and, shh, some poems too) and talking about writing and probably about permission, one of my favourite themes. Please do come if you're nearby!