Hi there. I'm Eamonn and I live and work in on the east coast of England, in the bit between the Humber and The Wash. This blog started out as an attempt to keep me on the writing straight and narrow, by forcing me to 'fess up to what I have and haven't done writing-wise, every day. Though there's still an element of that, the site's focus has shifted a bit since I started. I'm sure it'll shift again.
I'm a lecturer in the daytime and a student all the time. I've just finished work on a PhD in creative writing.
What enthuses me? Historical fiction, science fiction, horror, literary fiction. Film studies and creative writing how-to books. English social history. Movies. Blues music. Ambient electronica. London. Psychogeography and deep topography. Map/territory relationships.
Specimen authors/directors? If you drew a Venn diagram with equal elements of Iain Banks, William Gibson, Umberto Eco, Saki, Stephen King, Martin Scorsese, Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair, Peter Weir, Kim Newman, Nigel Kneale and John Carpenter, then I'd be there or there-abouts. Yes, that is a bit blokey. Hopefully that's not in a bad way. YMMV as they say on the internets.
I've moved away from writing too much about my own projects, but that's not to say the occasional personal post won't show up. What I do like to do though is to put up reviews of what I'm reading and movies I've seen. The unexamined life being not worth living ... that kinda thing. I like to provide links to writing opportunities (competitions, outlets looking for content) that come my way and that fit with my interests. Part of this is to have a structured forum to pass these on to the students that I work with, part of this is to archive the range of outlets for writing that are out there for a wider readership. Part of it is selfish and a reminder tool for me.
The site's also a clearing-house / archive / shop window / dead letter office for a few short stories that I've written over the last few years. I really should put more online - there's not much since 2009 here. Feel free to read 'em and use them for whatever non-commercial purpose you like. Ask permission first, though, please. It's only manners after all.
By all means leave comments / suggest links, writers etc. If you've got a writing competition you'd like to publicise or another kind of related opportunity for writers, then please shout via Twitter. I'm interested in scripts, plays, short and long-form fiction especially, but happy to pass on info about poetry, non-fiction, journalism, life writing opportunities and so on. You can contact me via @eamonngriffin on Twitter.