Aspiring writer? Already published? This site is stuffed full of useful resources on writing novels and negotiating the strange and confusing world of self-publishing. Opportunities to swop tips and advice with fellow writers, too.
For a photographic account of how Manchester has evolved as a city over the last few years, Aidan O’Rourke’s site is the place to go. His portfolio of images from when the city hosted the Commonwealth Games was instrumental in allowing me to write ‘Killing the Beasts’.
Fine art photographer, cantankerous old git, lover of everything Tom Waits has ever done; Dave Walker took the eerie night shots which feature throughout this site, including on this screen. See his full collection in all its glory.
This site opened my eyes to how the subtle choices of words in TV and newspaper stories can grossly distort our view of what’s going on in the world. For any journalist who shows a bias to corporate or government interests, medialens is the bane of their lives.
If crime as a writing genre interests you, the website of the Crime Writers’ Association has loads of relevant information, including details of forthcoming festivals where you can meet the friendly folk behind the books. (It’s true – crime writers are not brooding wild-eyed freaks!)
You’re on my site, so safe to assume you like reading crime. The Crime Readers’ Association gives you news, offers and exclusive snippets about this weird and wonderful genre. And I edit its online magazine, Case Files!