Hidden Sorrow: What Happened When I Found ‘The Place’?

I don’t know what possessed me – to leave my house one bitingly cold night in a summer’s dress without shoes and to wander out into the landscape, alone, without telling anyone where I was going. Down the cobbles of the lane, past the final few lamp-lit houses on the periphery of the sleeping village…

Sex, Swearing, Violence and God: The Best Way To Ban A Book

From 2000 to 2009, nearly 5,100 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom concerning the content of fiction books. Before we get to the fun bit, let’s have the fascinating bit. Here’s the breakdown of themes challenged: 1,577 were challenged due to “sexually explicit” material; 1,291 for “offensive language”; 989 owing to materials…

Curious About Danger: Why I Love To Be Inspired By Darkness

What strikes me as curious about the stories I’ve written so far is how much symbolism from my own life has sneaked its way in without me even being aware of it. I don’t add anything deliberately, so the only conclusion I can come to is that this must happen by the magic of a…

Why Is This Girl Sick With Envy, New To Sex and High On Mischief?

Skinny Chris Love is like bath bubbles. Tender moments shine as they float, then pop without warning. “Could someone in your family be harbouring a secret?” was the question Detective Pritchard asked me less than a week after the accident. I’d just turned seventeen. My answer, spoken with teenage contempt, was, “What the fuck do…

The Best Regrets: An Exploration Of Freedom, Fear and Feeling Good

“You were what you were and you are what you are. Fuck that regrets bullshit.” ― Irvine Welsh, Porno What do you regret? Tough question isn’t it? Most people find this one pretty difficult to answer, at least up front. It takes a while to figure out what your regrets are or, if they’re very…