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Friday, 29 November 2013

Writer's block. Fight fire with fire.



When writer's block shows its head, the worst course of action is to sigh and mutter, "I can't write anything at the moment." This immediately becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

A new tactic I have been experimenting with is to tackle it head on and deny writer's block any chance of taking hold by writing about writer's block right there in the moment it is occurring.

'Throw it down' came through one of these moments.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Reaching out


A new anthology of short stories from Cinnamon Press, 'Reaching Out,' is now available to pre-order from Amazon.

The collection features a new story from me, Terra Firma.

From the publisher's write up:

Scarcity of detail, that aesthetic absence of comforting exposition, mirrors the more threatening and less abstract scarcities in the lives in both Christian Cook’s haunting future vision ‘Terra Firma’ and Sarah Hegarty’s gothic macabre ‘In the Blood’. 

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Photos from short story reading and performance poetry at Pop Up Cafe 11


Christian Cook performs 'We took her to the beach' in memory of his daughter, Talia, at Pop Up Cafe 11.
Christian Cook performs 'We took her to the beach' in memory of his daughter, Talia, at Pop Up Cafe 11.
Christian Cook performs 'We took her to the beach' in memory of his daughter, Talia, at Pop Up Cafe 11.
Christian Cook, writer in residence to InterAct Reading Service reads his award winning story, Facing East, at Pop Up Cafe 11

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Christian Cook reads 'Facing East'



Christian Cook, writer in residence at Interact Reading Service, reads 'Facing East' the story that won the 2012 Ruth Rendell Short Story Award. Venue is Pop Up Cafe in Glastonbury.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

'Feeler' Published

A collection of six short stories from up and coming authors in aid of Comic Relief, including one from me.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Some corner of a distant field

Short story, 'Some corner of a distant field,' now published in 'Hitler Did It,' the 4th in the 'Stringybark Editor's Choice' series. 

An old man digging in a field reflects on the toils and struggles of his life and realises that the stubborn frost cementing the ground at his feet is the very least of his problems.


Cover for 'Hitler Did It'

Sunday, 3 June 2012

A thank you...


It's ahrd when you have to print your own books

Thanks as ever goes to Booklore for their ongoing support and coverage. Booklore was the first book review site to pick up on Broken Eggshells (over a decade ago now) and tip me as an author to watch out for. Always appreciated and never forgotten.Thanks as ever goes to Booklore for their ongoing support and coverage. Booklore was the first book review site to pick up on Broken Eggshells (over a decade ago now) and tip me as an author to watch out for. Always appreciated and never forgotten.

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