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FEB 2020

So pleased to announce that I have been awarded the British Library National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship 2020-21


NOV 2019

British Council Vietnam: creative writing and oral history workshop in Ho Chi Minh City


AUG 2019

Two travel writing workshops at The National Centre for Writing, Norwich


MAY 2019

Will be chairing the event Pastoral Symphony at The

Charleston Festival, 3pm Monday 27th May 2019


APRIL 2019

Excited to be on a research trip to Vietnam and involved

in a series of events including Ho Chi Minh City University.


APRIL 2019

Pleased to have a short story in the forthcoming anthology

'Still Worlds Turning' by No Alibi Press (Belfast, June



MARCH 2019 I am running a series of events at The Museum

of English and Rural Life/University of Reading

as part of my Fellowship: Songwritin with Martin Simpson,

Birds, Gulls and nature writing with Tim Dee.  



I'm part of the Orlando90 celebrations at The Charleston

Trust, reading along with other writers at a 9 hour

read-athon of Virginia Woolf's Orlando.



I've been invited to give a talk about the writing life

to Year 9s at Bedes School in Sussex.



I am chairing this event at The Charleston Trust with

Alexandra Harris and Tim Dee. 


JULY 2018

My review of Jennifer Joukhadar's The Map of Salt

and Stars is published in The New York Times.


JUNE 2018

I will be spending a week in Greece teaching fiction

on the Creative Writing Summer School in Athens.

Info here.


MAY 2018

It's the yaer of the Museums. I am so pleased to

announce that I have been awarded the MERL Fellowship

at the Museum of English Rural Life 2018-19. I will

be writing about my local patch, Findon in Sussex,

sheep and landscape.


APRIL 2018

Wonderful news - I will be working with Visual Artist

Helen Barff on a project with Worthing Museum, UK,

exploring the narratives behind clothes from the Museum

Archives, funded by Arts Council England.



Travel piece by me in The Telegraph: Looking for the

wild. The Rise of the Solo Traveller



My review of S. A. Chakraborty's The City of Brass in

the New York Times


JUNE 2017

My review of Charif Majdalani's Moving the Palace in

the New York Times


MAY 2017

I will be part of PALFEST, travelling to Ramallah,

Jerusalem, Haifa, Hebron and Bethlehem doing an event

at Al Quds University in the West Bank (Jerusalem).


MARCH 2017

I will be taking part in the Landscape and Literature

Day at the Weald and Downland in Sussex on the 9th

April 2017



Paperback of The Photographer's Wife is out in the




Very pleased to announce that I am going to be a writer

in residence at the University of Malta for the month

of Feb 2017




I will be at the Write Idea Festival in Tower Hamlets

on Sat 12th November.




Happy news that The Photographer's Wife is coming out

in Chinese with Zhejiang Publishers in Beijing!


JULY 2016


Happy to have started by residency at the Weald and

Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex. Here is my first

blog post.


June 2016

A piece about travelling solo in Stella Magazine,

The Telegraph and a piece about family photograph

albums in the Guardian.


Also: I was commissioned to write about the

contemporary art scene in Beijing, China and a

short story inspired by a stay at Raffles Hotel



Events coming up:

Speaking on July 3rd at Modernism-on-Sea.



May 2016

If you like travel and writing and combining

the two, join me for this course in

Brighton at New Writing South starts end of May


Happy to be on the NetGalley list of top 10

books for May


Pleased to be included on this list of Longreads.


***The Photographer's Wife UPCOMING EVENTS***


Kent Festival of Writing, Key Note Speech,

Sat 16th April, Whitstable. Info here.


Brighton Festival 'Home' workshops, Friday

20th May


Steyning Book Shop, 23rd May


Worthing WoW event with Joanna Walsh 5th June


Much Ado Books, Alfriston 11th June


Modernism on Sea Celebration, University of

Bournemouth, Sun 3rd July



March 2016

I'm so pleased to announce that I will be a writer-

in-residence at the Weald and Downland Open Air

Museum in West Sussex for a year, thanks to a

grant from Arts Council England. More info soon.


Enter here for a free givewaway of The Photographer's

Wife - only available for a short time!


February 2016


Events coming up:

Kent Festival of Writing, Sat 16th April


Brighton Festival 'Home' workshops, Friday

20th May


Steyning Book Shop, 23rd May


Worthing WoW event with Joanna Walsh 5th June


Much Ado About Books, Alfriston 11th June


Modernism on Sea Celebration, University of

Bournemouth, Sun 3rd July


Landscape and Literature Day at the Weald and

Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex date tbc



A wonderful review in The New York Times!





A review in Publishers Weekly.

A starred review in Kirkus. 

This essay in LitHub on writing and travelling.


December 2015

The first couple of reviews for The Photographer's

Wife have come in from the US. This starred review

from Kirkus, and this one from Publishers Weekly.

Both super positive!


November 2015

This month I was invited to be a writer in residence

in Beijing. It was magical. What a city, what a



I will be taking part in an event with

Iain Sinclair and Lee Rourke at the All Saints Centre

Lewes, Sussex on December 8th. We will be talking

about 'The South'.


October 2015

Cheltenham Festival proof party


September 2015

Proofs of The Photographer's Wife are just in,

thanks to Bloomsbury Books. They look amazing.


My review of Elena Ferrante's The Story of the Lost

Child for the Independent on Sunday


News: in November I will be Raffles Hotel writer

in resident in Beijing.


And on October 22nd I will be reading at the launch

of Vanguard Short Story Anthology, 7.30pm at

The Bear Freehouse, 296a Camberwell New RD, London


July 2015

I took part in the feminist festival celebrating

the history of the Matchwomen at Matchfest in

Canning Town.


June 2015

I have an essay about the peculiar despair of hotel

rooms and hotel melancholia in Aeon magazine, just



And a review of Italian author Viola di Grado in the

Indy on Sunday.


May 2015

I have been in Yangon, Myanmar, as a writer-in-

residence for the BCLT/PEN Myanmar translation



April 2015

A piece I wrote, 'Dirty Talk and Dostoyevsky on the

Night Shift' is in the New York Times today.


My play, 'Without Blinking' will be showing

at Testbed, Battersea, London from the 23-25th April

2015. It's a very intense piece of Immersive Theatre,

written as a commission for Goat and Monkey Theatre

Company and the University of Chichester. Do go! The

actors are amazing and the production team fantastic.


Excited to say that my short story 'In the Middle

of the Air' will be published in the Vanguards

Short Story Anthology in October 2015.



March 2015

I have been travelling in Azerbaijan on a travel

writing assignment which will be published in the

2015 Lonely Planet travel writing anthology in



January 2015


My review of Fotini Tsalikoglou's The Secret Sister

published by Europa Editions is in the Independent

on Sunday.


December 2014


Boxing day lounging around? Listen to me on BBC

Radio 3. 


November 2014


This month I was in conversation with

Bloomsbury Publishers CEO Nigel Newton at the

opening of Seaford Library, East Sussex.


My story, 'Reaching Bliss' is published in Lonely

Planet's Anthology An Innocent Abroad.  


And I have written an Essay for BBC Radio 3, 'I've

Never Told Anyone This Before...' which will be

broadcast on Boxing Day.


I also reviewed Louisa Waugh's 'Meet me in Gaza'

for the new issue of Wasafiri.



October 2014


A piece by me on Marguerite Duras in Five Dials.


An essay by me in the US literary magazine,

Salmagundi in which I write about travelling

in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor.



September 2014


This month I am writer in residence at the

British Centre for Literary Translation summer

school in Huangshan, the Yellow Mountains of China.



July 2014


Exciting news: my second novel 'The Photographer's

Wife' will be published by Bloomsbury UK and US in

April 2016.


Also: A Lady Cyclist will be published in Japan in

December, and rights for a Chinese edition have

been sold.


June 2014


My Short Story 'Theory of Flight' is on BBCiplayer

for a few more days.


May 2014


News on my next book coming soon, but

for now I’m pleased to say that I have story

‘Reaching Bliss’ forthcoming in the Lonely Planet

Travel Writing anthology 2014.


I am in Ramallah and Jerusalem this month

and I am working on a commission for a Radio

4 short story.


I am also taking part in this wonderful

event at the Institut Francais celebrating

the work of Marguerite Duras. Info.



February 2014


My review of Alison MacLeod's 'The Unexploded' is



December 2013


I have a piece in this literary magazine

dedicated to celebrating the art of the handwritten

letter. The Letters Page.


also, a thoughtful review.


November 2013


A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar has been long-

listed for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin

Literary Award.  Very happy!


And I'm delighted to say that

in January 2014 I will be a writer-in-

residence at the Al Qattan Foundation in Ramallah


October 2013


I will be at the Istanbul Tanpinar Literature

Festival at the end of October. Details here.


I'm really looking forward to going to the

Manchester Literature Festival on October 11th

to talk with Turkish writer Asli Perker.


August 2013

A Lady Cyclist is out in India and getting some

great reviews: the Deccan Herald and Time Out




June 2013


I will be taking part in the Word - A Cooler

Lumpur Festival in Kuala Lumpur on the 22nd June.

More info here.


April 2013


I am happy to say I've been long-listed for the

Authors Club Best First Novel Award 2013.


March 2013


A Lady Cyclist was paperback of the week in the

Observer, reviewed by Bella Bathurst.


February 2013


I will be going on a research trip to Jerusalem,

staying here at the American Colony Hotel where I

will have access to wonderful photographic archives.



I will be doing a Psychologies Magazine Creative

Writing Workshop(info below) on Thurs 28th Feb.

*Sold out*


I will be doing an event at Eastbourne Library in

April (info to follow soon).


I will be speaking at a European Writing

Conference in Malta in April and am lucky enough

to be attending a Festival dedicated to all things

bicycle in Puglia, Southern Italy in May.



January 2013


I designed a cycle route around Shoreham, Sussex,

for Cycle Active Magazine! Here's the link. There

was also a big feature in Sussex Life, but I don't

think it's online.


December 2012


In February 2013 I will be running a creative

writing workshop with Psychologies Magazine.

Info here.


November 2012


I have a story in Lonely Planet's new anthology

'Better than Fiction'!


October 2012


My Article 'Sale of the Centuries' can be found

in the November Issue of Vogue, out now.



September 2012


I will be in Spain, meeting publishers and doing

press in Madrid and then at these events in



Andrew Miller and Suzanne Joinson talk

to Jon Gower at Hayfestival Segovia.


and readings with Felix Valvdivieso, Pedro Lenz

and Carlos Aganzo at Hayfestival Segovia.


Here is my first Spanish review,

En bicicleta al Turkestan.



August 2012


I will be doing this event at Edinburgh on the 23rd.


I will also be at Stradbelly festival in Ireland and Hay Segovia in September.



July 2012


I hit the LA Times bestsellers list!


A lot going on in July as UK publication day is July 5th. I had a launch party!


A mention in 'Britain's best new books'


A few lovely interviews: Foyles, Vanessa Gebbie's blog and Words Unlimited. Thanks all for taking the time.


I'm shortlisted for the Anobii First Book Award


Reviews in the Boston Globe, Book Oxygen, Counterpunch and The Back Cover


and an excerpt in the very beautiful Fleeting Magazine.


June 2012


I'm on BBC Radio Scotland talking missionaries.


A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar is Book of the Month in National Geographic.  


I am editor's choice in the New York Times and...


An amazing review in the New York Times Book Review by Sara Wheeler.


Ah, Colorado - how I'd love to visit you. Especially Tattered Cover bookshops. I'm honoured to get a great review and be nominated as a 'VIB' very important book.


& A lovely review on Shelf Awareness



May 2012


I have an original essay up at 


A Lady Cyclist is out in the States! Hurrah and hurray. Picture evidence will be posted soon.


I will be doing an event at the London Review of Books Bookshop on 11th May. Details here.


My book is coming out in Denmark, it will be published by Forlaget Turbulenz. Such great news.



April 2012


Not coming out until November 2012 but available to pre-order here - Lonely Planet 'Better than Fiction' anthology with a story by me, alongside DBC Pierre, Isabel Allende and MJ Hyland.



March 2012


I will be at the Edinburgh Festival alongside Greg Baxter on Thursday 23rd August (not sure what time yet).


I will be at UptheJunction with Stella Duffy and Jake Arnott (lucky me!!) on 9th July.


I will be at Hebden Bridge Festival on Monday 2nd July at 8pm alongside Selma Dabbagh and others.


I will be at Hay Festival on Monday 4th June at 4pm.


I've had a great review from Chicks Dig Books (thank you).


& I've had a sneaky peek at one coming up in April from BookList - loveliness.



February 2012


A new, very nice 4* review here from the States & Bloomsbury deliver A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar proofs across London - by bicycle, and in 1920s dress (ish). Check it out here.



January 2012


A great review ("absolutely beautifully written") at Dolce Bellezza's very attractive site. The Book Case have mentioned me in their list of MOST BUZZED-ABOUT DEBUTS OF 2012. Times Literary Editor Erica Wagner picked me and A Lady Cyclist as 'one to watch out for in 2012' which was a very good way to start the new year indeed.


December 2012


A Lady Cyclist has been selected as one of 'Barbara's Picks' at The Library Journal in the US. Described as 'charming and dusky and imbued with a wonderful sense of history and place...'


Oooh: the lovely French publisher Presses de la Cite have bought rights. Wonder of wonders. I cannot wait to see what the French cover will look like (stylish and elegant, of course). This means that A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar is now being published in 10 different countries. Not bad, eh?


November 2011


Exciting news just in: rights for A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar have been acquired by Italian publisher Eliott. This is AMAZING - I am very pleased and can't wait to see an Italian edition.


August 2011


The latest news is that rights for A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar have been bought by Laguna in Serbia. This is very exciting. I'm hoping this means that one day I can

visit Belgrade, drink coffee, waft about the city and casually come across my book in a bookshop window.