Sunday, 23 October 2016

Professional Details

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

I am the author of more than 20 books of prose or poetry published by Chatto and WIndus, Abacus, Peter Owen, Sinclair-Stevenson, Arcadia Books and smaller presses. I have also published many articles in the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, the Telegraph, London Review of Books and other magazines and newspapers.

My Amazon page is here:

Lots of ebooks available from a dollar or so and paperbacks from 5 or less. If you want all the past poetry it is now available as a huge fate paperback including 14 collections.

I recently finished  a book on mineral hunting in the Sierra Minera, Washing Amethysts in the Bidet, and am looking for a publisher. It is a mix of history and anecdotes and is absolutely unique as there are no other books on this area in English.  I also have a large new poetry collection drawn from more than 10 years of writing. It is called Around the World in Eighty Lays. It gave birth to a smaller collection devoted to mines, minerals and mining, In Search of San Valentin. 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. My most recent pamphlet is from Rack Press and is available from them:
Link to my reading of on of the poems:
Future work will include more poems and novels. I am at the start of a picaresque novel, a form I have enjoyed reading. Spain contributed many novellas to this genre.

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, and the Forward Young Responses prize, a sideline from their main awards.  Also happy to do anonymous pre-judging. 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.

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 also paint alien cats.

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.

My hobbies include, snorkelling, hill-walking, playing the caj√≥n, cycling, fishing, going down mines, listening to Flamenco concerts. Saw something unusual last week - equestrian Flamenco. Here´s a video clip:

Here is my new Patreon site with access for a dollar to new work. I shall put a new piece or two up every month. There are also some free items there if you don´t want to spend a dollar just follow for these:

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