Strays is a collaborative poetry collection based on my novel Lost Boys. The poet Julia Rose Lewis took my novel Lost Boys and elegantly deconstructed it into a series of found and response poems. The result is a sort of haunting, an extracted, compressed essence of the novel that distils, subverts and echos my original words and intentions through a series of uncanny formulations. The book is published by HVTN. You can buy it here.
Preface to Strays
The poet Julia Rose Lewis has rewritten/reworked my novel Lost Boys for her new collection Strays.
You can read about the process of collaboration and a selection of the Lost Boys poems from the collection here.
Manchester Writing School: An Evening with James Miller
I'm going to be reading from and discussing my new novel UnAmerican Activities in conversation with Gregory Norminton at the Manchester Writing School at MMU and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on the 16th November, 6.30pm.
The event is free. For details please click here.
Proof copies of UnAmerican Activities are being sent out to reviewers. I'm excited to reveal the amazing cover by Joe Wilson.
Vanguard Readings June 15th
My third novel UnAmerican Activities will be published in November 2017 by new indie Dodo Ink. The Bookseller announced the deal here.
You can read a small extract from the novel here.
I'm pleased to have a story in this anthology: a collection of stories about refuge and designed to provide refuge for those in need. A co-production between Salt and Galley Beggar Press.
All proceeds will be directed to aid organisations on Kos. You can buy a copy here.
Litro #147 - The Space Issue
I have a piece on the gentrification of Notting Hill in the latest issue of Litro.
The Art of the Novel
I'm delighted to have contributed to this major new creative writing guide. The Art of the Novel contains invaluable insights from practising writers working in British universities across the whole spectrum of writing fiction. Keeps the craft and learning-and-teaching very much in mind. Each chapter features a favourite creative writing exercise and three golden rules for writers. A unique, cutting-edge resource, that will be essential reading for students of Creative Writing.
Featuring contributions by: Jenn Ashworth, Tom Bromley, Sarah Butler, AJ Dalton, Stella Duffy, Kerry Hudson, Toby Litt, Livi Michael, James Miller, Alison Moore, Leone Ross, Nicholas Royle, Graeme Shimmin, Nikesh Shukla, Joe Stretch, Alice Thompson and Will Wiles.
New Short Story:
Quiet Evenings in the Moriglen Care Home
My new short story Quiet Evenings... is available online from innovative new publishers The Pigeonhole.
You can read the story here for just 50p and it includes an amazing audio version or better still, subscribe to the entire Sex Staves series for just £5.
New Short Story: Exploding Zombie Cock
My satire on Brooklyn's 'alt-lit' scene is now available from the amazing Galley Beggar Press for just £1.
Better still, for £12 you can subscribe to the Galley Beggar Singles Club and get one new story a month for twelve months.
New Short Story: The Red Mist
Read my Lovecraft pastiche online in the latest issue of Litro Magazine.
New Short Story: Area 52
Read my short story Area 52 in Litro magazine.
I am going to be appearing at the Latitude Festival on July 18th where I will be in conversation with novelist Luke Brown as part of a series of events organised by Litro Magazine. Click here for more details.
Greek Media / Athens Summer School
I was recently interviewed by Athens Voice and Lifo where I discuss my work, the crisis and teaching creative writing.
I will be teaching at the Kingston Writing School / British Council
Athens Summer school this June.
Read my essay Micro-narratives of the Everyday on social media, technology and the novel in the Augmented Reality issue of Litro magazine, out now.
I will be giving a reading from Sunshine State at this multi-disciplinary conference discussing adaptations of Conrad's books in other media. Details here.
I'm excited and honoured to have joined the board of trustees of Poetry London magazine.
Girl 3 in 3:AM magazine
My short story Girl 3 has been reprinted by 3:AM magazine.
Read it here.
What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes at the EFG London Jazz Festival
I'm going to be performing with the Moss Project alongside authors Lawrence Norfolk and Joe Dunthorne on November 21st as part of the London Jazz Festival. Visit The Forge's website for more info.
Off the Shelf at Blacks
I'm going to be talking about my work at the next Off the Shelf at Blacks (67 Dean St W1D 4QH) on November 18th. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further info or to book a place. It's £30 for an 11am-4pm day, including coffee and 2-course lunch with wine. If anyone would like to present their own ten minute reading after lunch, let Jan know.
Cheltenham Festival: Write Away: Starting to Write
I'm going to be appearing at the Write Away course for new writers at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on Sunday 13th October.
I'm going to be discussing Beacons with Gregory Norminton at 2pm on the Woodland Stage at the Uncivilisation Festival on Sunday 18th August.
Peters, Fraser and Dunlop
I'm now represented by Anna Jean Hughes at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop.
I'm appearing at the Wilderness Festival on Sunday 11th August at 6.15 in the Dark Mountain tent to discuss the Beacons anthology with the editor, Gregory Norminton and contributors Joanna Harris and Nick Hayes.
The Moss Project at the Southbank Centre
On Friday 24th May I'll be appearing with The Moss Project at the Southbank Centre, along with authors Lawrence Norfolk, Hanan Al-Shaykh and Naomi Alderman, to perform pieces from What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? The event is free - visit the Southbank Centre website for more details.
The Colverstone Review
I have a piece in a new online literary magazine, The Colverstone Review. Other contributors include MJ Hyland, Courttia Newland and Nick Barlay.
Beacons at Wolfson and Tay
On the 22nd of May I will be appearing with Toby Litt and Gregory Norminton at Wolfson and Tay bookshop to read from and discuss Beacons. The event is free and starts at 7pm. Go here for more information.
Beacons - London Launch at Waterstones Piccadilly
Contributing writers Rodge Glass, Nick Hayes, Holly Howitt, Gregory Norminton and myself will read from Beacons: Stories For Our Not So Distant Future. Come and celebrate with us. There will be wine. It will be free. Waterstones Piccadilly, 21st May 6.30pm.
Kingston Writing School at Waterstones Piccadilly
I will be appearing with leading poet Fiona Sampson at Waterstones Piccadilly at 7pm on April 10th. The event is part of a series arranged in conjunction with Kingston Writing School to promote the work of writers associated with the school and creative writing at Kingston University.
Tickets are free but all places must be reserved in advance by contacting the store on 02078512400 or emailing email@example.com.
Beacons: Individual Downloads
My contribution to Beacons, What is Left to See, is available from Amazon as a single story e-book download for just 49p.
Beacons: Stories for our Not So Distant Future
Beacons is published by OneWorld on March 7th. Contributors include: Joanne Harris, Liz Jensen, AL Kennedy, Alasdair Gray, Toby Litt, Tom Bullough, Clare Dudman, Rodge Glass, Adam Marek, Lawrence Norfolk, myself and many others.
Read more about the anthology here.
Buy it on Amazon here.
Follow the anthology on Twitter @Beacons_Stories.
All profits go to Stop Climate Chaos.
What Is Left To See?
I am excited to have a story forthcoming in the anthology
Beacons: Stories For Our Not So Distant Future, to be published on the 7th March by One World. Click here to read about how I became involved in the project, my contribution and my fears about climate change. More about the anthology will be posted after publication, but you can find out more here.
Here is a small piece I wrote for
3:AM Magazine about objects that have influenced me.
What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes?
On Monday 29th October I'm going to be appearing with the Moss Project at the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society for a collaborative evening of words and music.
What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes?, the new release from innovative jazz fourpiece the Moss Project, is a unique collaboration between music and literature.
The group showcases some of the UKís fastest-emerging musical talents - Ruth Goller (acoustic and electric bass), Alice Zawadzki (vocals & violin), Marek Dorcik (drums) - and also features six award-winning writers, commissioned to write short stories/poems based on new pieces by composer, guitarist and bandleader Moss Freed.
The writers are National Book Award-winner Colum McCann, Naomi Alderman (winner of the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year), Joe Dunthorne (author of Submarine, now a major film), Lawrence Norfolk (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and Budapest Festival Prize for Literature), Independent Foreign Fiction Prize-shortlisted Lebanese author, Hanan al Shaykh and Time Outís 'Rising Literary Star', James Miller.
For this very special one-off event, I will join the band on stage to read stories by all six authors interspersed with the music that inspired them.
For more details visit www.jazznortheast.com.
Still: A Literary Art Book
I'm pleased to have a story in 'Still', a collection inspired by the photography of Roelof Bakker and edited by Nicholas Royle.
Writers were invited by artist-photographer Roelof Bakker to select a photograph from his project Still, an investigation of vacated interior spaces at Hornsey Town Hall in north London, and to write a story transferring this source photograph to a new place with a fresh meaning - away from the original physical setting.
The book includes entirely new writing by: Richard Beard, Andrew Blackman, SJ Butler, Myriam Frey, SL Grey, Tania Hershman, James Higgerson, Justin Hill, Nicholas Hogg, Ava Homa, Aamer Hussein, Nina Killham, Deborah Klaassen, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Claire Massey, Jan Van Mersbergen, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, James Miller, Mark Piggott, Mary Rechner, David Rose, Nicholas Royle, Preeta Samarasan, Jan Woolf, Evie Wyld and Xu Xi, and will be published on the 26th September. An exhibition of photographs featured in the book will be shown at Foyles on Charing Cross Rd from 18th September to 31st October.
Read more at www.neg-press.com.
Click here to read a Q&A in which I discuss my contribution to 'Still'.
Booked In is a new exhibition of photo portraits by Vanessa Lawrence, at the Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton from 25th June to 15th August.
Writers and musicians participating in the 2nd season of Ace Stories, Brighton's monthly live literature event series, were photographed in various rooms of the Hotel Pelirocco.
The exhibition is intended to celebrate the writers as individuals as well as celebrating the achievements of the Ace Stories project in bringing this diverse mix of authors to Brighton to read and speak to new audiences. The authors featured include: Jerome Alexandre, Nina Antonia, Susan Currell, Sandy Dillon, Andrew Jarvis, Jayne Joso, Theodore Koulouris, Alison MacLeod, Ray Majors, James Miller, Courttia Newland, Noah Taylor, Cathi Unsworth, Edward Wilson and Brendan Wyer.
'Be Good Revolutionaries' - post show discussion, June 19th
I'm discussing issues of political engagement and apathy following a staging of Be Good Revolutionaries at the Oval House theatre, directed and organised by the Dirty Market performance group.
Click here for more info.
Festival of Ideas: Youth - A New Lost Generation?
I'm appearing at the Festival of Ideas in Bristol on May 19th with Owen Jones, bestselling author of 'Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class' and Kieran Yates, author of 'Summer of Unrest: Generation Vexed: What the English Riots Donít Tell us About Our Nationsí Youth' to discuss the crisis facing young people today.
The event will be hosted by Shiv Malik, author of 'Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Its Youth'. Click here for more information.
Click here to listen to the discussion.
I'm delighted to once again headline at Ace Stories in the Hotel Pelirocco Brighton at 6pm on Sunday 25th March, where I will be discussing the influence of Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' on 'Sunshine State' and reading some new material. Supporting readings come from Nina de la Mer ('4 AM') and Charlie McQuaker/Brian Bell ('Die Hard Mod'). For more info look here.
Hari Kunzru 'Gods Without Men' reviewed
for the New York Observer
I recently reviewed Hari Kunzru's new novel for the New York Observer. Read it here.
A Dream Of Stone
I've got a story, Hope's End, in this collection of post-modern ghost stories from avant-garde publishers Paraphilia Books.
You can buy copies here.
The Novel and the Urban Landscape
in a time of transition and crisis
I will be appearing at the Athens Megaron with British novelist Alex Preston, Peter Aspden, Arts editor of the Financial Times and Greek authors Amanda Michalopoulou, Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Kallia Papadaki at 6pm December 5th. This is a joint event between the British Council and the Megaron Mousikis cultural centre, part of a series of events bringing together a line up of writers from both the UK and Greece to talk about their work and the portrayal of the urban landscape (and the city in particular) in the contemporary novel.
Bank of Ideas
I'm reading at the Bank of Ideas on Sunday 20th November from 4-4.30pm. For all details, look here.
Occupy London activists have taken over an abandoned office block owned by UBS, a giant Swiss bank that helped crash the global economy, and are turning it into the 'Bank of Ideas'.
I Like London and Cairo
I will be discussing the London riots, student protests and the Arab Spring with Elias Khoury and Chalid Al-Chamissi at the Hebbel Theatre in Berlin, 8pm November 7th. Click here for more details.
Lost Boys and Sunshine State on Kindle
Lost Boys and Sunshine State are now available to download on Amazon Kindle.
Watch me talking about the riots in a report for Aspekte, a German cultural news show: I'm afraid it is all in German!
On the England Riots
Here is a small piece I wrote for the Berlin paper Der Taggesspiegel
on the England Riots.
Tottenham Palestine Literature Festival
"Can Writers Bring About Political Change?"
I will be participating in a panel discussion with authors China Mieville, Naomi Foyle, Ghada Karmi and Ewa Jaciewicz for the Tottenham Palestine Literature Festival on the 30th September, 20.15-21.30.
Visit the festival website for more details.
"Themes of apocalyptic destruction and catastrophic renewal underpin Sunshine State. Writing it, I wanted to explore the consequences of this nexus of environmental, religious and economic pressures..."
I have a feature on Apocalyptic writing in Untitled Books - read the full feature here.
Sunshine State paperback
Sunshine State will be out in paperback on 7/7/11.
The Times 2: The Secret Life of a Private Tutor
I've written the cover story for Times 2 for the 6th June 2011, a light-hearted account of my experiences as a private tutor for the wealthy in West London.
The story is hidden behind a paywall, but you can access it here.
Kingston Readers Festival
I will be appearing at the Kingston Readers Festival on the 21st May at 1.30pm. Tickets are £5.
James Miller, Courttia Newland and Alex Wheatle
at Big Green Bookshop
I will be reading and talking about my work along with novelists Courttia Newland and Alex Wheatle on 18th May at the Big Green Bookshop, Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BG, 7-9pm, free admission.
James Miller, Courttia Newland and Alistair Furnish
at Westminster Reference Library
I will be reading and talking about my work along with novelists Courttia Newland and Alistair Furnish on 11th May at Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP, 7-9pm, free admission.
The Eye's Horizon: Guildtown Briefing on Sustainable Living
I'll be joining a number of authors for a weekend of discussions and readings in Guildtown and Wolfhill, Perthshire from the 30th April to the 2nd of May. The weekend is preparation for an anthology of short stories about climate change, edited by Gregory Norminton. You can find out more here. The weekend is sponsored by the Climate Challenge Fund.
Featured Author: UK & Beyond Book Tours
I'm the featured author for February on this new website for aspiring writers. You can read an interview with me talking about my work here.
Guest lecture at Chichester University
I will be giving a guest lecture on the 26th November at Chichester University to English Literature students about Lost Boys and postmodern British fiction.
Cinema Futura (edited by Mark Morris) is a collection of essays on science-fiction film by leading science fiction and horror writers. I have a piece in the collection about Alfonso Cuaron's film 'Children of Men'. Visit the PS Publishing website for more details.
I will be appearing at Ace Stories, Brighton (at Hotel Pelirocco, 10 Regency Square), on November 14th at 6pm.
Ace Stories is a new Live Literature season supported by Arts Council England, with five events in Brighton this year between June and November 2010 and four events between 3rd October and 7th November at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Tickets on the door are only £3 and enter you into a raffle to win prizes at the end of the event from sponsors Serpent's Tail, Momentum Pictures and Ace Records. Visit Ace Stories for more information.
Brutal Adolescence: Literature and Violence at King's College, London
I will be discussing the use of violence in my work with Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country, from 12-13:00 in the Council Room at King's College London on the 29th October. For more details click here.
Writers In Context: Kingston Literary Series
I will be discussing my work in the inaugural lecture of the Kingston Literary Series on Wednesday 6th October from 4-6pm in the John Galsworthy Building JG1003, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, KT1 2EE. The event is free and all are welcome.
New Story for October
Read my story 'Girl 3' in Duende, an issue of Antique Children dedicated to Latin American fiction and reinterpretations of Latin American novels. My story is based on Luisa Valenzuela's 'He Who Searches'. Copies can be bought here.
Edinburgh Book Festival
I will be appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival alongside acclaimed Russian author Olga Slavnikova on Sunday 22nd August at 7:30pm. Click here for more information.
Firestation Bookswap at the London Review Bookshop
I will be appearing at the ever-popular Firestation Bookswap hosted by Scott Pack and Marie Phillips at the London Review Bookshop at 7:30pm on Thursday 5th August. The event should be lots of fun, so come prepared with an open mind, lots of questions and most importantly, a book to swap! Click here for more details.
Antique Children Quarterly: The Spit Issue
The debut Spit issue of Antique Children: A Mischievous Literary Journal is now for sale and includes my story Life is Not Fair plus a host of avant-garde contributions from an array of talented authors. Buy your copy here.
Forum on Literature, Terrorism and 9/11
I will speaking at the University of Chichester on Saturday 29th May 2010 alongside Alison MacLeod and Waleed Al-Bazoon at the Forum on Literature, Terrorism and 9/11.
I will be reading from and talking about Sunshine State at Dialogue Berlin, Berlin's best English language bookshop, on the 19th of May 2010. Check their website for exact time and venue details.
I will be be reading from and talking about Sunshine State alongside Virago novelist Talitha Stevenson (An Empty Room, Exposure, Disappear) at Daunt Books, Fulham Road on Wednesday 21st April 2010 at 7.00pm.
Tickets are £5 and include wine - to order call 020 7373 4997 or visit www.dauntbooks.co.uk.
Stoke Newington Bookshop
I will be reading from and discussing my work at the Stoke Newington Bookshop on Monday 12th April 2010.
My second novel Sunshine State will be available from 1st April 2010.
State of Mind: James Miller on Sunshine State
A feature in Waterstone's Books Quarterly Online.
New Story for March
Read my story Eat My Face about redneck meth-head vampire hunters (!) in issue VII of Paraphilia Magazine. Be warned, this issue is ADULTS ONLY!
Reading at The Judd School
I will be reading and discussing Lost Boys with students at The Judd School on February 1st, 2010.
New Story For January
Read my story Not One Stone in the latest issue of Paraphilia Magazine for a glimpse into the nightmarish world of Sunshine State. The issue also contains an excellent analysis of Lost Boys.
New stories for December
Read my story Fragments of Another in the special Doppelganger issue of Paraphilia magazine and my story Dreams of the Lost Children in Antique Children magazine.
Talking The Broads at The Broadway Bookshop
I will be reading from Lost Boys at The Broadway Bookshop in Broadway Market, Hackney, at 7pm on Wednesday 11th November.
Rising Literary Stars at Blackwells, Oxford
I will be appearing alongside the authors Poppy Adams ("The Behaviour of Moths"), Ali Shaw ("The Girl With Glass Feet") and Samantha Harvey ("The Wilderness") at Blackwells Bookshop in Oxford for an evening of discussion and readings.
The event will be chaired by author and artist Roma Tearne and will take place on November 4th at 7pm.
Writing The Visual
I will be discussing Lost Boys and visual images at the Writing The Visual workshop in the Harold Pinter Room, The Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street on 13th October from 7.30-9.30pm.
Writing The Visual is a workshop for writers whose work engages with the image or the visual arts, whether using the image as a writing trigger, writing about art (painting, installation, sculpture), visual art processes or where the image comes to the forefront.
Lost Boys and Emptybellymag October issue
Check www.emptybellymag.com for a preview of my interview talking about Lost Boys, Sunshine State, the War on Terror and much more. The full interview will appear in the November issue.
Shepherd's Bush Writers Junction
I will be reading from Lost Boys and discussing writing at the Shepherd's Bush Writers Junction on Tuesday 29th September from 6pm. The event is free and takes place in the new Shepherd's Bush library in the Westfield Shopping Centre.
Scribes at Derby Library
I will be talking to the Scribes writers group in Derby Library on the 21st September.
I will be appearing at the Newfoundland Festival on Friday 4th September, reading from Lost Boys. For more details visit www.newfoundlandfestival.org.uk.
Lost Boys paperback
Hits the shops on the 6th August.
Throughout May, I will be the guest author on the Shadow Writers website. Previous authors have included Stephen King, James Herbert, Clive Barker, Joe Hill, Iain Banks, Thomas Harris, Douglas Preston, John Connolly and Michael Marshall Smith. Click here for more information.
I will be talking about and reading from Lost Boys at Eastside Books, 166 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU at 2pm on the 15th November 2008.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
I will be appearing with Michael Symmons Roberts on the 21st August 2008 at 7.30pm in the Writers' Retreat.
For more information visit www.edbookfest.co.uk.
Lost Boys will be published on 3rd July 2008
by Little, Brown.
Order copies from Amazon.co.uk
Order copies from Waterstones
Little, Brown Debut Fiction Showcase
I will be appearing alongside Poppy Adams, author of 'The Behaviour of Moths', at Waterstones Notting Hill on 2nd July 2008 between 7pm-9pm, where we will be reading from and discussing our work.
For more information visit www.waterstones.com.
Roger Day Show
I will be appearing on the Roger Day Show between 8-9pm on 1st July 2008 to talk about Lost Boys and to play some of my favourite soul, blues and funk music.
The Roger Day show is broadcast simultaneously on Radio Kent, Radio Berkshire, Radio Solent, Radio Oxford and Radio Southern Counties from 8-9pm every weekday evening. You can also listen online.