Non-fiction – essays, memoir and other outbursts

My Life In Print – the joy of early 80s comics and teen mags

CarBootLand – bric a brac preparations for apocalypse. First broadcast on the Writers Aloud podcast 2021. Listen to the original here.

A Cupboard Of My Own – memoir of toy incarceration commissioned by the New York Times (2013)

Take Me High – essay exploring Cliff Richard’s bizarre cinematic love song to Birmingham. Commissioned by Flatpack Festival in 2017

How I Write – writer’s block, me and the Overlook Hotel (short piece for RLF Vox Podcast 2019)

The Writing Life – deceiving my stupid boss (short piece for RLF Vox Podcast 2019)

Place and the Writer –  Merry Hill Shopping Centre – my greatest muse – first broadcast on the Writers Aloud podcast (2018)

Sweeping the Floor – procrastination, cleaning and the empty page (first published in 2019 in the Royal Literary Fund’s Collected)

Fine Dining – my love of cheap, chain restaurants. Originally a talk delivered at the sixth Boring Conference  (2015)

Utopias – my lifelong fascination with failed utopias – first broadcast on the Writers Aloud podcast (2018)

Library Tickets – melancholia about the loss of my childhood library (first published in 2016 in the Royal Literary Fund’s Collected)

A visit to Hack Green nuclear bunker – transcript of talk given at The Event organised by Leila Johnson (2012)

Mr Lynch and his holiday – a short essay on the origins of the novel

The Flawed Cartographer – my imperfect grasp of the world around me. First appeared Granta 103  The Rise of the British Jihad (2008)

The Navigator – commission on the dark side of sat-nav from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb (2011)

Lost in Floorspace – a piece for The Independent newspaper on the opening of the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre in 2011

Made in England – an Arts Council commission about rodents and Birmingham

Why Contribute to the Spread of Ugliness? thoughts on archives, unloved buildings and John Madin. Written to accompany Stuart Whipps exhibition catalogue of the same title (2011)

My Week – an action packed and thrilling account of a week in my life written for The Observer

Trading Places – alternative retail experiences

Book Reviews

10:04 by Ben Lerner – review for The Guardian 2015

Tender by Belinda McKeon – review for The Guardian 2015

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin – review for The Guardian 2015

A whole load more book reviews I’ve done can be listened to on the Brum Radio Book Club podcast archive. Tune in each month for more book based piffle.

Fiction – short stories and extracts

You’ve Got Everything Now loosely inspired by the song of the same name. Originally published in Please: fiction inspired by The Smiths ed. Peter Wild 2009

Daytripper – a short story written in collaboration with a reading group. Commissioned by West Midlands Readers’ Network in 2014

Heathlands – short story for children commissioned by General Public as part of their Heathland Festival 2018

Project Champion – suspect communities in the city for the Writers at Liberty series

The Periscope – a boy and his Uncle Remus playkit

The Dawn Chorus – thinly disguised memoirs of a former postal delivery worker

Blossom Time – the first, embryonic traces of Dermot the bus driver, who went on to become Mr Lynch