This is the website of author and journalist Mark Liam Piggott


I'm the author of three novels, "Kidology," “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses," and one collection of shorter fiction, "Militant Factions." I've also had around 20 short stories published in anthologies, magazines and elsewhere.

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

In 2016 I received generous awards from both the Authors' Foundation and Royal Literary Fund. I'm truly grateful to both of these fantastic organisations.


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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 ung...

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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, poem...

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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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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.

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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 an...

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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 daughte...

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A parting of the ways...

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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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 mixtu...

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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.

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Short stories are like buses...

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 4:35 PM

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...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 ...

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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...

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