Song Books Interview

I was recently interviewed by Keith Packer for the Song Books segment of Future Radio’s Platform programme. We talked about Scott Walker, the relationship between music and writing, the Unthank School and my two new projects, The North Surrey Gigantopithecus and How to Disappear.

You can listen to the interview here. It starts around the four-minute mark.

Scott Walker in 1969




All Our Stories End Like This


I am very excited to have a horror story in Wales Arts Review’s Halloween Special 2015, along with top writing friends Dan Coxon, Jane Roberts, Dan Powell, Angela Readman, Gary Raymond and loads of other brilliant people.

“A man in a gorilla suit had been watching them from the trees. That’s what she’d said the night he took her to the stones. It’s what he told us afterwards. ”

My story is called: ‘All Our Stories End Like This‘ and it’s the third, last and first to appear in my North Surrey Cryptid Noir series

You can read it here.


New Unthank School Creative Writing Courses for Spring 2016


The Unthank School of Writing is now taking registrations for creative writing evening classes in Norwich. All courses will kick off on the week starting January 11th.

Learn How to Write with the Best Team Around

Whatever stage you’re at, just starting out, or working on a long-term project, whether you’re a novelist or short story writer or want to write for film and TV, we have the expertise to help you grow your stories and hone your craft.

We offer ten-week introductory courses and practical workshops for people with work in progress. We respond to what you want to achieve, whatever your form, genre or subject.

More than Just a Creative Writing School

Our classes offer the depth of university courses at a fraction of the cost but are taught in a friendly, convivial atmosphere. There’s plenty of opportunity to socialise and become part of the wider Unthank community that includes book publishing and live events. We’ll be launching two books and hosting two Project U events during this session in addition to our yearly collaboration with Words and Women.

Spring 2016 Courses

Writing for TV Drama: An Introduction to Soaps and Serials with Lilie Ferrari


Using group discussion, readings, viewings and practical exercises, you will learn the basic mechanics of writing a script for TV and find out how to get into TV writing with Lilie Ferrari, former chief script editor and writer for East Enders.

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 An Introduction to Writing Fiction with Sarah Bower


Using a mixture of readings, practical exercises and discussion, participants in this writing workshop learn all about the basics of writing compelling and publishable fiction with Sarah Bower, author of Needle in the Blood, Erosion and other novels.

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Advanced Fiction Workshop with Ashley Stokes


An Unthank School specialty, these advanced creative writing groups are a good option for writers who have completed an introductory course but who now want to experiment further and work on their own stories or projects under the aegis of Ashley Stokes, author of Touching the Starfish and The Syllabus of Errors and editor of the Unthology series.

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Writing the Novel, a 25-week course with Sarah Bower and Ashley Stokes


Learning from examples and discussion, Writing the Novel is perfect for those seeking a more sustained course designed to help them settle on a novel idea and produce a first draft. Includes an in-depth assessment of 10,000 words of a novel.

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The Syllabus of Errors

There’s a new review of The Syllabus of Errors by Sabine Meier on the Everybody’s Reviewing blogsite.

“Errors are an integral part of life. Ashley Stokes is well aware of it. His characters, their lives distorted by the historical context the author places them in, struggle against themselves, against others, against unemployment, violence, and death – and take wrong decisions in a society that does not leave them a choice. Berlin – one of the cities the author focuses on – becomes a character itself, an integral setting in interaction with the people involved.”

The Syllabus of Errors

The Syllabus of Errors

Mr Stokes Mini Tour

I’ll be appearing at a few events over the next few weeks, all are free and open to all.

First up, on June 18th I’ll be reading at Live Lit Lounge at The Birdcage in Norwich, alongside Andy Bennett, Tim Sykes and Sharlene Teo. Doors open at 7.30.


On June 20th, I’ll be talking about all things Unthology, with Robin Jones, Roelof Bakker, Charlie Hill and Ruby Cowling, at the London Short Story Festival, Waterstones, Piccadilly, 3pm, free.


Back in Norwich on June 25th, I’ll be hosting the launch party for Unthology 7 at Project U at the Library Restaurant, also free and underway at 7.30.

Unthology 7 front cover-1

Reading from the books will be:

Elizabeth Baines

Gary Budden

Elaine Chiew

Adrian Cross

Debz Hobbs-Wyatt

Dan Powell

Project U: The Unthank Prose Event

Project U: The Unthank Prose Event