This is the website of author and journalist Mark Liam Piggott


I've had dozens of major features in the Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph, Observer, Spectator and many more. I've appeared on TV and been a guest on BBC radio numerous times, researched documentaries for ITV and lectured in both creative writing and journalism.

I'm the author of three novels, "Kidology," “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses," and one collection of short stories and creative non-fiction, "Militant Factions." Fire Horses - first published by Legend Press, 2008 - was shortlisted for BBC 5 Live’s “Book of the Month”. Out of Office (Legend Press, 2010) was The Book Group’s Book of the Month in July 2009.

I've also had around 20 short stories published in anthologies, magazines and elsewhere including Aesthetica, 3:AM, Pulp Books, Prole Books, Negative Press and Lucifer Press. My stories – many of them included in Militant Factions, along with some previously unpublished stories – have won praise from the New Yorker, Small Press Review and Huff Post. More details here.

My first attempt at a stage play was shortlisted for the Warehouse Theatre’s International Playwriting Competition; long-listed for the Courtyard Theatre’s competition; and “highly commended” in the Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate competition. In 2016 I received generous awards from the Authors' Foundation and Royal Literary Fund. The RLF granted me two further awards in 2017. I'm truly grateful to both of these fantastic organisations.

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Brexit: Keep Calm, Carry on Being Friends and Think of the Planet

Posted on June 27, 2016 at 11:40 AM

"Last Thursday 23rd June I entered hospital for surgery. The operation was minor but I reacted badly to the anaesthetic and as the night wore on entered a state of semi-delirium. By 11 pm I was straddling a to...

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Note to Dave and Jezza: Don't Trust the Public With the Vote, They're Cretins

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

"It’s far too early to tell if the latest opinion polls suggesting the people of Britain and that little bit of Ireland will vote Brexit next week. Political pundits often insist you can’t infer anything from opinio...

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What's the point of the London Book Fair?

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 11:50 AM

"All this week (12-14 April) publishers and agents will rub shoulders and egos at the London Book Fair. This annual PR stunt will probably only make the headlines if some teenage wunderkind gets a six...

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Long live Pakistan...

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

For every race. Against every religion.

Long live Belgium...

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 7:50 AM

...and fuck the medievalists


R.I.P. Barry Hines - creator of Kes and so much more

Posted on March 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

When I was a child I couldn't relate to many books. Then I read The Blinder by Barry Hines and it just felt so ...

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What is an acceptable social media following and why does it matter?

Posted on February 25, 2016 at 9:25 AM

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Yesterday someone turned down my suggestion of a column because I "don't have a sufficient social media following." Funny, that. Here's me thinking it was more important to have written two decent books (actually five, but my publisher is dragging his heels), to h...

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Piggott's Pledge: 100 days in (266 days to go but who's counting...)

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 6:25 AM

According to my booze-free diary, which I'm updating minute by minute, and sometimes a lot more often, today marks 100 days since I took "the pledge" and gave up alcohol for a whole year for charity.

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In the public "i": apparently I'm in The Matrix

Posted on January 30, 2016 at 7:10 PM

How lovely to have a quote from my IBT piece on
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Religious holidays and Not Going Out: 2 new letters

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 4:55 AM

Heroes: David Bowie

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 6:10 AM

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Sometimes as a writer I find music bewildering. How can someone conjure up such emotion in three minutes when it takes so much effort in a book or story? What special magic is there in a great song that can take you away, towards, any...

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Fathers 4 Jaundice: read my festive story in issue 8 of the Literary Commune

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 7:25 PM

"The hour-hand dragged by gravity down to six: Time. No gentlemen, no "please", even time running low. As he pushed at the bar door ("PULL") then adjusted his technique (passerby snigger) billow-clouds of unguent warmth kissed cheeks cold from the long post-round and he felt them colour like dusky...

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Posted on December 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM

1994: night. I lie slumped before the glowing TV in a suburban lounge in Fremantle, Australia. I've been Down Under for months, having travelled overland via Calcutta, KL and Jakarta but all I’ve seen are the suburban houses of Hilton, the “C...

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More Raw Materials: read my Q & A with Neil Fulwood on the Alan Sillitoe page

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Recently I was privileged to have a short story, "Picture This," included in a fantastic project titled "More Raw Materials" - which is both a tribute to Alan Sillitoe, and Nottingham, and a unique creation in itself. The beautifully-produced book includes stories, p...

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Posted on November 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Piggott's Pledge: a whole year off booze

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 5:55 AM

Just to let you know, I, Mark Liam "Thirsty" Piggott, am taking a year off booze for my kids, my liver, my brain, my writing and for charity. I'm not ill, hungover or even particularly worried about how much I drink - I just want to prove it's pos...

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More Raw Material: an anthology inspired by Alan Sillitoe

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 1:05 PM

This morning I received a hard copy of "More Raw Material" - work inspired by the great Alan Sillitoe. It's a beautiful book, containing stories, poems, art and phot...

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Norfolk and Broads: my latest short story in the Literary Commune

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM

"The first time I looked in Marsha’s eyes she had me pinned to the floor of the Manor House with one hand, a broken glass under my chin with the other. She had one blue eye, one green, a dirty-blonde bob and a stud through her nose; wore an Ian Wright top and black tracky bottoms with white stripes u...

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The Literary Commune: proper, grown-up writing

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 5:15 AM

Just finished reading issue 6 of The Literary Commune and I liked it a lot. Some of the pieces here are startling: clear, weird, raw, delicate - a seething mass of contradiction. ("Embrace your contradictions", as the man said).

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My WA Coral Coast travel feature in today's Times

Posted on August 29, 2015 at 5:10 AM


"Our guide, Darren 'Capes' Capewell, deflates the tyres of our tank-like four-wheel drive but it's still a bone-jarring ride from Denham to Big Lagoon. Drifts of yellow sand cover the rough track like gol...

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