Thursday, 21 August 2014

Fiona Pitt-kethley

Since 2002 I have been living in Spain with my husband, chess grandmaster James Plaskett, and our son, Alexander.

I am the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose. Most are available on Kindle and one or two are still in print. My Amazon page is here:
My work in progress includes a book on mineral hunting in the Sierra Minera and another of essays on life in Cartagena. I am also working on new poetry collections. Trying to market a huge one called Around the World in Eighty Lays as well as writing the one after. My next book scheduled for publication is Mineral Adventures, a short pamphlet for Rack Press. It is due out in 2015. My agent, Giles Gordon, died some years back, RIP. I would like to acquire another, especially to submit the new poetry collection to Picador which will not look at agentless books. Anyone out there?
I am currently preparing new ebooks including one on the Fortifications of Cartagena. These are spread across 50 kms or so and have therefore required a substantial amount of hill-walking. Hope to have this finished in the autumn. I will also be producing some short pamphlets with essays or poems. My current ebooks for Kindle are all full length collections, novels or travel books, apart from a short guide to the Minerals of the Sierra Minera.
My most recent pamphlet is from Rack Press and is available from them:
Link to my reading of on of the poems:
Would love to get a prize for my writing. Anyone in power who likes my work please nominate me for those where I cannot nominate myself.
I am also available to give readings provided the fee and expenses are adequate. No freebies given. Travel from Spain is probably quicker and cheaper than from Scotland or Wales to London. I live within half an hour of Murcia airport. I would also like more judging work for either prose or poetry. Current judging experience includes Glastonbury and the Commonwealth prize, the latter for short stories. Also happy to do anonymous pre-judging.
Contact me for professional matters only on
Most of my life is taken up with writing and research related to it. I occasionally also sell minerals I have found and jewellery I have made in artesan fairs. At some stage I will post photos of pieces. I don´t do much trading of them outside Spain because postage is expensive. Might work for several items rather than one though.
I am also looking to sell a lot of my huge library now Kindle has made getting old books so much easier. Much of what I have available is late nineteenth to early twentieth century. Some books mentioned here:
My husband, James Plaskett, does many chess tournaments in Spain. He has co-written Bad Show with Bob Woffinden. He is available for chess lessons on sites such as ICC, Skype, etc. Contact him on if you are interested. He has coached David Howell amongst others.
Earlier versions of this blog were loaded with photos of life in Spain. I now have a great many more pictures on Facebook and Pinterest so I am making the blog into something much simpler. The earlier version should still be archived here if you want to see the photos.

Here are some magazines and sites I have worked for recently: