Fiction

The Passenger

In October, The Nopebook ran its first ever Flash Fiction competition. We challenged writers to write a 2,000 spooky story for Halloween. Entries were shortlisted by The Nopebook’s Editorial team, and the winner was selected by  bestselling novelist Syd Moore. This is the winning entry, written by Barry Derbyshire — The …

How to Write Believable Sex Scenes

Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of attending a talk on “Writing True Sex” with Monique Roffey, the author of The Tryst, and Leone Ross, one of my favourite lecturers and author of her new short story series, Come Let us Sing Anyway. I came in 20 minutes …

Accio Diversity: Retroactive Representation in Harry Potter

Over the last twenty years I have been certain that I loved Harry Potter, but of late JK Rowling has insisted on complicating our relationship. Recently I have had to mute her on Twitter so clearly the woman who I once thought could do no wrong is testing my patience. …