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Mark Piggott is the author of two novels, “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses”, published by Legend Press, London. Magazines to have published his short stories and creative non-fiction include Aesthetica, Prole Books, Pulp Books and 3:AM.

Now a staff reporter for the IB Times he’s had major features in the Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph, Observer and more. He has appeared on TV and radio and lectures in creative writing and journalism. Read his column at the Huffington Post.

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Catch me on BBC Ulster's Nolan Show on Tuesday 14th July

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 5:55 AM

Just recorded an interview for the Nolan Show on BBC Ulster, which I believe will be broadcast tomorrow (14th July). I was speaking on the thorny issue of sugar - taxation, graphic warnings and even a complete ban.

CATCH IT HERE.

 

Read my short story Waterlow Sunrise in the Brits Issue of Literary Commune

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 5:45 AM

Delighted to announce my short story, "Waterlow Sunrise", has been published in issue 5 of the "Literary Commune" - the Brits issue. As you can see from the contents list this is a really special issue and I'm proud to be included.

The Brits issue - contents:

Televisions in Heaven by Ewan Morrison

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BeautyCon and the pink temple of doom

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 6:15 AM

There are 3,000 people – almost all teenage girls – attending the first ever BeautyCon London (BCL) event inside the enormous hangar that is London Olympia. Most, my 11-year-old daughter included, are quaking with excitement: there are squeals and flashes as famous YouTubers are spotted, shuddering bass sounds from the PA ratchets up the excitement. I have just one question: what's it all about?

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A parting of the ways...

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Absolutely delighted to announce I am no longer associated with the literary agency Watson, Little. Today I wrote to inform them I no longer wish to be associated with the group. My reasons are many and one day all will be revealed, but right now I feel a curious mixture of emotions: relief, mostly.

Onward, upward...



 

When Life Reflects Art:: Is Fact Stranger Than Fiction?

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 5:00 AM

On 14 January 2008, Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide. Then a stranger stopped him, told him things would get better, and offered to take him for a coffee. That stranger saved his life.

A few years later, backed by mental health charity Rethink, Jonny launched a campaign to find his saviour. "Find Mike" went viral, and forward stepped Neil Laybourn, a personal trainer whose fiancée ...

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Short stories are like buses...

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 4:35 PM

...they all come at once. Well, two anyway - one of my shorts has been accepted at the Literary Commune and another is to be included in an anthology linked to the estate of Alan Sillitoe. Very exciting. Added to which I'm just finishing a new novel. More details soon...

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Pensioners with Parents: read my feature in the IB Times

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

"Eileen is 93. Her husband Les passed away in January 2014 after 73 years of marriage, and so for the first time in her life this Christmas she'll wake up alone - like half a million other older people nationwide.

I feel a bit guilty about Eileen - because she's my nan. Usually I see her over Christmas but this year I'm taking my own children to Australia to stay with auntie Kate - nan's daughter. Eileen's sons, Michael (my ...

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Piggott's post: Jacobson, Heller and reflections on 'real life'

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Yesterday morning, attempting to get the kids ready in time for the school bus, I briefly read a quote by my fellow Mancunian Howard Jacobson that made me pause, smile and vow never to stop writing: nor dreaming. The lovely, if bearded, Booker-winner was being interviewed about the equally brilliant Joseph “Catch-22″ Heller by Melvyn Bragg and said:

“You can smell life in Heller. You feel he̵...

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Catch my live IBT blog on the Scottish referendum tonight

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Is the UK finished? Will Great Britain become less great? Catch my live blog for the IB Times tonight from 7 pm until 6 am or the break-up of the union - whichever comes first...

Not Suffolkating: The Sound of Sirens

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

“Times goes at a different rate in the country. It seems only yesterday that we drove out beyond the M25, and the cat pooped on my lap, and we began our new life in a house of flies and dirt and no door-handles. It was actually ten months ago. Ten months driving to and from stations, sitting on trains, working at the IB Times, writing my book ("Kidology" - thanks for asking), reading other people's books, trying to convince the kids we could make it work in t...

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Out of Office

“He possesses a way with metaphor and analogy which, when utilised sparingly and with a lightness of touch, rivals Martin Amis.”

- “Outside Left” magazine, issue 22

 “Mark Piggott is a talented and exciting writer; his novel is original, powerful and fast-moving, and takes the reader, all unprepared, into places he would probably have avoided had he been warned. But from page one it is too late; he is being hurtled along and he cannot get off.”

- Paula McMaster, “Bookgroup.info”

 “This is a book that really makes you think about contemporary Britain and the difficult issues of race and class with which it is still grappling. It's also a book that resists easy answers and skewers political correctness.”

- Andrew Blackman, author, “On the Holloway Road”

 “A great British voice – pithy and powerful"

– Bill Coles, author, “Dave Cameron’s Schooldays”

Fire Horses

“Reading Fire Horses is like riding pillion on a motorbike driven by a poet”

– Jonathan Trigell, author, “Boy A”

“As a debut novel it shines, both in the quality of the writing and the insights into mankind and modern history”

– Mike French, “View from Here”

“Passionate, powerful, poetic – a fine debut from an original talent”

- John King, author, "The Football Factory"

“Piggott’s debut novel is a plausible evocation of seamy ‘80s life viewed through the prism of complicated male friendship. Piggott’s eye for social detail is acute, and his love for his characters shines through.”

– John O’Connell, “Time Out”

 “The words themselves, from start to finish, are written with a flair and lyrical fluency that make this book difficult to put down and overall a deservedly worthwhile read.”

– “Frank Mask” literary blog

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