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My short story 'Big Dog In Persia' will be broadcast on the Harry Whitaker Show, BBC Radio York, tomorrow evening 4th November at about 19:30 GMT, I think. I'm interviewed 'live' at 7.45 - so that will be horrific, obvs...

So, that's good, eh? They had me in the studios back in February, the night of the first English COVID case, in York. That time I read 'Mudland.' Should really get Mudland published, and my Big Dog.

All best,



Hi Matt, after several attempts I finally managed to tune in. Good story and interesting interview. I like the idea of the fictionalised life story. And WOW! already at 200,000 words. Is it now complete ready for editing? I think you said you were going to try and cut it down to about 70,000 words. As the presenter said you do have an ineresting reading voice which, in my opinion, holds the listensers interest. Maybe you should publish as an audio book.

I've been writing something similiar over the last year. Digging deep into the recesses of the memory can be quite painful at times and hilarious at others. Looking back I think it would be interesting to rewrite the story exploring different paths and outcomes.

I am only at about 70,000 words and still lots to write. How long has your creative memoir taken you to complete?
Hi Pip,

Thanks so much for listening...I’ll type properly tomorrow :), late shift, I was ‘at work’ during the interview.

See you,

I listened to it for a second time, and am less gripped by self-consciousness [hew]. Story begins at 20' into the recording.


Oh, it's wonderful you are pursuing life-writing, @Pip.

It is true that a lot of my writes are autobiographical, but are always twisted [in my mind] toward awkwardness, the silly perspective, the 'play' version. I sit there drafting...and the most difficult aspect to comprehend...is how...after agonising to produce the most ridiculous and concise version...how the prose or voice...is received completely at odds [almost] from my intention. That's the handover from writer to reader. And that does happen. That's kind of magical how in pursuit of entertaining the reader you come around toward something sincere. This still confuses, and I suppose is an ambition, and a learning curve about how people read. [pompous me]

It happened with Harry DJ, it happened before with a silly short I wrote about a lunatic shooting bees with an air rifle. An old gentleman in the audience (of ten) described it as "man's struggle with the human condition." Well, I suppose it was, but I never realised. Don't tell anybody.

Good luck with your stuff, I would enjoy a 1000 word 'trade' any time you say. All best, Mat

[Post needs 'unravelling,' I was all blubbbablubbbablubbba...]

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