World Book Night: Free Books

2000 copies of my debut novel ‘The Good Son’ are being given out all over the UK this week as part of the World Book Night 2017 celebrations. This is such an honour. And to think I volunteered giving out books on World Book Night twice, now my book gets chosen. You couldn’t make it up.

I’ve already seen books being given out in Manchester and Carlisle in colleges and libraries.

You can copies this weekend at Gays the Word in London.

You can also pick up copies in Brighton where The Good Son was the City Reads in 2016.

I’ll give out more information when I get it.

Grab your free copy!

City Reads Brighton Festival Event On Sale Now.

So exciting to see be in The Brighton Festival brochure. 

Brighton Fetsival Broushure

The culmination of this year’s Brighton City Reads events celebrating my novel The Good Son will take place during The Brighton Festival as it in turn celebrates its 50th anniversary. Here’s the copy – to book click here.

“City Reads is Brighton & Hove’s annual ‘big read’ for adults. This year, people across the city have been reading, sharing and discussing Paul McVeigh’s astonishing debut,The Good Son. Set during the Troubles in 1980s Belfast, it’s an astute, assured and achingly funny novel about the complex nature of innocence and guilt. Paul McVeigh has written plays, comedy and short stories – he is also co-founder of London Short Story Festival. Join him in as he discusses his inspiration for the novel in this final event marking the culmination of City Reads 2016.”

I’ll be reading from The Good Son and will be interviewed by novelist and columnist Laura Lockington.

Man A-Live! Brighton, Bath and Hastings.

Do you like going to live events? Watching and listening to authors read their work? I’m staying in my home town of Brighton tonight for Polari, hosted by the rather fab Paul Burston. I’ll be reading alongside VG Lee, Fergus Evans, Juliet Jacques and Damian Barr. Come along to The Marlborough Theatre at 7.30pm. You can get your tickets here.


My most unusual reading at the Wroclaw International Short Story Festival this month.

Tomorrow I’m off to Bath to teach my ‘Killer First Page’ class (sold out I’m afraid but tickets available for London). In the evening I’m reading with Tania Hershman and Sarah Hilary at St James Wine Vaults at 7.30pm.

Back in Brighton again on Wed 21st as part of the City Reads celebration of Matt Haig’s ‘The Humans’. A wealth of writing talent will respond to this work in their own way. Check out the list below.

On Being Human

On my birthday, October 27th, I’ll be reading in Hastings at my second Polari event of the month alongside Adam Mars-Jones, Chris Green, Diane Perry and Erica Smith. The event starts at 7.30pm at The Print works, 14 Claremont, America Ground.

Polari Hastings

Hope to see some of you there. Say hello.

Missed My Sold Out Class in Bath? Try Brighton Oct 10.

‘That Killer First Page’, my class on the short story, has now sold out in Bath on Oct 17. It’s been quite a run… sold out in Belfast, Cork, Waterstones Piccadilly and Writers Victoria, Melbourne, where it broke records by selling out in 20 minutes!

If you missed your chance in Bath you could always try Brighton. I’ll be teaching the class for New Writing South writer development agency on October 10. Click here to find out more.

PaulMcVeigh short story

Don’t forget I’m judging the Penny Dreadful Novella Prize alongside Sarah Baume and Colin Barrett and am the sole judge of the Bare Fiction Short Story Prize.