The sky was gold streaks and white streaks, an expensive look, stormy. Diagonals ruled. Under the streaks came blue woodland in bar shapes, sliced up by firebreaks. Somewhere there my brother Ray lived."


As Rivers Flow

Assumin'," she adds between kisses, "you will be lookin' your best as we get outta here. I don't want us goin' someplace and you arrivin' like a flower."


Call It Tender

Father said he would put his kettle on. Shuffling to the kitchen he picked up the phone. Put it down. Came back and sat down; wondered why no water boiled."


As Rivers Flow

Miss Heidi said I could write in my diary Miss Heidi introduced me to sex, there was a broom cupboard on the third floor and we were to go there straight away and we did."


The Most Serene Republic

Your time roaming is over, no more wild praries, no lullaby in the bushes not far from Kenwood, no viola in the corner."


even the butterfly must endure the storm

News & Events

News

Contribution from England—following in footsteps of AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel—Best European Fiction 2018 anthology (Dalkey Archive, US). Included in Best British Short Stories 2016. 2015 shortlisted Seán Ó Faoláin international prize.

Short fiction also in latest issue of Gargoyle (US) and in UK with interviews currently in Confingo 6, Lonely Crowd 6 and Bath Flash Fiction vol 1 and in The Forge. Publication expected soon in Cambridge Literary Review and China Grove (US). Article on aspirations and situation with EU in February issue of New Welsh Review.

The novel Seventeen is available as an e-book. All proceeds from Seventeen go to the Women in the World Foundation, a worldwide movement dedicated to advancing the situation of women and girls.

 

Events

Woodbridge 29 August
Art & Music Festival

London 19 July
Reading at launch of Ambit 225

Norwich 18 August
Reading at launch of Lighthouse 9

London September
Saatchi Gallery
King's Road SW3 4RY
Reading to music by Jan Pulsford

London 16 November 5.30pm
WriteIdea Festival
Whitechapel
Reading with music by Jan Pulsford

Woodbridge 9 August
Art & Music Festival

Felixstowe 28 June
Felixstowe Book Festival

London 4 April
National Portrait Gallery

Martlesham 6 March

Woodbridge
Browsers Bookshop
Tuesday 8 October
7.00 pm
Launch of 4th collection of short stories
with Jan Pulsford

Ipswich
Ip-Lit festival Hub reading
Thursday 3 October
3.30 pm
Ipswich Town Hall
Cornhill

Felixstowe
Felixstowe Book Festival, Saturday 15 June
Orwell Hotel 7.00-8.00 pm
johnsaul@100: reading from 100 stories
with Jan Pulsford

 

 

Woodbridge
Browsers Bookshop, Tuesday 9 October
7.00-8.30 pm
johnsaul@100: reading from among 100 stories
Browsers tel. 01394 388 890

 




Oxford
Keble Arts Week, 15 February
Reading from Call It Tender and The Most Serene Republic

London
British Library, 28 October
Reading from The Most Serene Republic at launch of Read International anthology It Started with a Book

Cambridge
The Cambridge Punter, 28 January
Ten Years of Salt Publishing

Woodbridge
Browsers Bookshop, 24 November
Celebrating the short story: reading from stories by Richard Yates, Donald Barthelme, Jackie Kay, Julio Cortázar, Grace Paley and Guy de Maupassant. Talk and discussion: what makes a good short story?

Woodbridge
Browsers Bookshop, 25 June
Launch of As Rivers Flow

Hamburg
English Speaking Union, 29 October
Reading from Call It Tender and The Most Serene Republic

Woodbridge
Browsers Bookshop, 9 May
Launch of The Most Serene Republic

London
Holborn, The Bountiful Cow, 18 June
Salt/Ambit joint event
Reading from Call It Tender

Woodbridge
Browsers Bookshop, 1 June
Launch of Call It Tender