45 years. It's been a long journey. I've been a primary school teacher for almost half of them, moving from mainstream to exceptional needs to additional support needs. I'm most happy with and most proud of my own family. Second to them comes my involvement in writing and peripheral projects. I co-edited the Rue Bella magazine for 5 years or so and am mighty proud of that too. Recently I've been more involved with writing my own pieces. I've been lucky enough to find spaces for some of my work and I'm hoping that one day I'll write a novel that's worthy of publication. I've given up gambling, alcohol, smoking and any kind of unnatural highs over the past few years and am looking for a new compulsion - maybe I've found it in Twitter. Yep, 45 years. I haven't always known it, but I've been a very lucky man.
‘An Arm And A Leg’ to be included in Britain’s Best Crime Stories edited by Maxim Jakubowski.
‘Hoodwinked’ to be put up at All Due Respect.
‘No Pain, No Gain’ due for publication in Crime Factory
I began my blog Sea Minor earlier this year and have been running the extremely successful series of interviews ‘Dancing With Myself’.
selected as one of Chris Holmes’ top 5 stories of the year with ‘Beat On The Brat’ at the Death By Killing Blog.
selected as one of Naomi Johnson’s top 5 stories of the year with ‘Taking A Line For A Walk’ at the Death By Killing Blog.
selected as one of John Kenyon’s top 5 stories of the year with ‘Beat On The Brat’ at the Death By Killing blog (also including Ray Banks, David Zeltserman, Chris Holm and Kieran Shea).
selected as one of AY Hayes’ top 5 stories of the year with ‘Taking A Line For A Walk’ at the Death By Killing Blog.
Interview over at Chinwag At The Slaughterhouse (by Richard Godwin)
(Forthcoming in December 2010: ‘11 Pipers Piping’ at Dark Valentine’s blog
‘Into Thin Air’ to be part of and Untreed Reads holiday anthology.)
‘Mind Your Step’ in MiCrow Magazine (editor Michael j Solender)
‘Taking A Line For A Walk’ at Beat To A Pulp
‘La Ronde’ posted as part of Patti Abbott’s La Ronde series.
‘Merry Christmas I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight’ posted on my blog as part of Donna Moore’s Ramones themed collection.
My review of The Hound Of Culan (Requiems For The Departed) at Spinetingler Magazine
‘Sugar And Spice’ at A Twist Of Noir
‘Siver Street’ at Dark Valentine Magazine (summer 2010)
‘Drinking Wine (Spo-Dee-Oh-Dee)’ at A Twist Of Noir
Beat On The Brat in Needle Magazine summer 2010
‘Sisterhood’ at A Twist Of Noir’
‘Drinking Wine (Spo-Dee-Oh-Dee)’ in Caught By Darkness (Static Movement)
‘Beat On The Brat’ wins the ‘Watery Grave Invitational’ competition at The Drowning Machine (last year’s winner Hilary Davidson author of The Damage Done)
‘Suture’ at Pulp Metal
‘An Arm And A Leg’ in Crimepree Magazine.
Interviewed for Spinetingler’s Coversations With The Bookless series.
‘Sea Minor’ in The Reader Magazine
Where to find Nigel Bird online
My Friend Miranda
'Last night I dreamt that I was walking along the edge of the River Irwell with my friend Miranda. It was a summer evening and we were laughing and singing our favourite Billy Connolly songs. Miranda had bought a bag of sherbet lemons and we sucked them hard until the sherbet came shooting out of the ends, leaving a hollow sugar shell behind. There was a row of pebble-dash houses, with a man outsi
The Rocks Below
When Sam hears that the storms along Scotland's east coast, there's only one thing he wants to do - catch the surf. Missing out is not an option. Taking his board out to sea is full of risk.
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- Quintessence of Dust
on June 20, 2012
‘Quintessence of Dust’is a collection of huge variety which is linked by the author’s style and faint echoes of theme that bring some overlap within the diversity of subject matter.
You’ll find out about Minotaur and a new labyrinth, a magical wall of photographs, how demons can help win a woman’s heart, the consequences of having a small neck and about the digging of holes amongst other things, holes being one of those recurring themes in the book.
The concept behind each tale suggests to me that Wallwork is a hugely creative thinker. Must have been a day-dreamer in classrooms. Is the kind of person who is able to take any thought to its extreme in order to find out ‘what would happen if?’ Again and again he produces ideas that are highly original and left of left field. You never know what’s coming next.
My favourite pieces in the collection are the openers.
‘Night Holds A Scythe’ is the first. I’d recommend the book just to get you to read this one. It’s beautiful and painful at the same time. A father is flying with his daughter trying to find safety. The problem is that, because of a deadly virus, the only way for them to stay alive is to stay awake. I guess it’s a straightforward concept, but it’s what Wallwork does with it that counts. It tapped into many of my own insecurities about being a human and a father. What wouldn’t I do to keep my children safe? How awful would it be to sense their inevitable destruction and to be the only one in a position to take any action at all? It’s tense and difficult, yet it is gentle and soft, the looping theme of alphabet cards that structures the unfolding of a family’s world. ‘E’ is for excellent. ‘O’ for outstanding. ‘L’ is for lump in the throat. ‘X’? ‘X’ is for X-factor, that feeling I sometimes get in the core of my body after a brilliant tale – a cross between awe, defeat, admiration and pain. And ‘B’ is for buy it.
‘Railway Architecture’ is a little less intense, but is superbly penned. It’s a moral tale about a man who has never been comfortable with others even though he’s a student of human behaviour. He’s found a passion for the making of fine chocolates and sets about using his skills to win over the heart of a beautiful lady colleague.
Problem is, he happens to be married. Wallwork takes the idea and turns the world on its head. I loved it.
These are my picks because they moved something within me.
They struck a chord with me given the experiences I’ve had and the person I’ve become. Pick this up and it’s likely you’ll find you pick different stories – a G where I’ve picked a C minor, or an F sharp instead of my B flat. They turn what for me what would otherwise be an excellent 4 star collection into a 5 star review.
Let me know.
- The Kind Of Friends Who Murder Each Other
on May 06, 2013
There are a number of writers out there who are playing with noir fiction and bending and shaping it in new ways. Think John Rector, Eric Beetner or Heath Lowrance. If they’re writers you dig, you should add Chris Rhatigan to the list. He has his own style and that comes to the fore in ‘The Kind Of Friends Who Murder Each Other’. Truth be told, I was bowled over by the end of the first chapter; from then on he just kept on hurling the balls at me and his characters until things had to end. This book is taut, strong and put together like an old classic. Don’t miss out.