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It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this site (Christ – nearly a year). In all honesty it comes pretty far down the list of my priorities now. I’m not even writing anywhere near as much as I would like, but I’m hoping to change that in the coming months.

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‘Can you remember exactly what you saw in the woods?’ You can read Lübeck now on Litro.

But I thought I’d pop by and mention that another piece of my work has been published online. Last week, Litro published a piece of my work (titled Lübeck) as part of their ‘Flash Friday’ updates. Litro are a well- respected publisher based in the UK, who focus on giving voices to great and original fiction. 

Lübeck is a (very) short and experimental piece of prose. It’s a scattered crime noir, from the stream of consciousness of a delirious paranoiac. Inspired loosely by Roberto Bolańo’s Antwerp, Lübeck is a very different style of writing for me, but I enjoyed writing it and I’m delighted that it has been picked up by Litro.

You can read it on Litro’s site here.

Best,
Nick

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The crew are excited. She’s in the building, she’s on her way up now. She’s somehow famous, although I’m not familiar with her work. The presenters meet her first, show her around the studio, take her to the sofas. On her way past our eyes meet. What must she think of me?

We begin. Welcome, it’s a pleasure to have you. Oh please, the pleasure’s all mine. For those of us who don’t know who you are, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Oh, she’s so humble. She talks with such grace. And look at them. Lapping it up. Am I the only one? The real world. Did I see her smoking outside earlier? No.

The questions are fluff, her answers trite. She shines under the studio lights and her smile is hungry and white.

We lose sound for a second. We’re out of sync. But the world kept spinning and now we’re trying to catch up. In my ear, the director screams. What the fuck happened? I fix it, I always do. But she knows. She’s smiling, and she flicks her hair, and that smile, the danger it holds, that hair, those eyes, that smile.

She looks for me. Blame the soundman. She doesn’t find me immediately but she knows she will, and she does. When our eyes meet again I shudder. She’s talking, she’s carrying on, but she’s staring at me.There is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. And one by one, heads turn, and now I’m stood in front of an audience, all eyes on me. But not the camera lens.

The questions are fluff, her answers trite. She shines under the studio lights and her smile is hungry and white.

Goodness, she’s perfect.