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I have two exhibitions coming up. One with the Tite Street Group from Tuesday 14th - Saturday 18th March at 54 The Gallery, 54 Shepherd Market, Mayfair. The Tite St Group are a collective of artists who paint every week in (you guessed it) Tite St, under the guidance of Paul Gildea, NEAC. We mostly paint 'alla prima', that is, in one go. Still lives, in oil. I am contributing three.

Then, in June, I'm having a joint show with Katie James, who paints mainly in oil, still lives and landscapes. My work in this show will be mainly watercolour, though some oils too. This show is also at 54, The Gallery, from 5th - 10th June. I'll post more details later.

Later this year I am, once again, teaching the first of the Ways With Words writing weeks at Villa Pia at the end of September (17th to 24th). This is a very enjoyable time, in a lovely part of Italy, in a villa in a spectacular setting with delicious home-cooked food. There's no formal course, just a series of drop-in writing exercises tailored to the group. Plenty of time, too, to work on individual projects in the afternoons - and I can also offer advice on these.  You can read testimonials from people who've been taught by me, either at Villa Pia or on Guardian Memoir masterclasses  here

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My novel  Fest, a murder mystery set at a literary festival, with feuding writers being put in the frame for a mysteriously deceased critic, is still available in bookshops and at Amazon, at an even better price at Hive , and even direct from the publisher. (Prospero Press, £7.99/£2.99 ebook) Here are some of the things critics have said:

Thriller of the Week: ‘A marvellous set of unsavoury suspects... good, nasty fun with a ring of truth’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘ A wicked send-up of literary festivals... a crime novel with a cute concept’ INDEPENDENT

'Raunchy goings-on at fictional festival Mold on Wold... a rollicking read’ EVENING STANDARD

‘And don’t miss Fest ... an old-fashioned murder mystery with ...neatly disguised clues ... and a satisfyingly unexpected culprit’  LITERARY REVIEW

'A very engaging literary romp'  SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘This has been quite the year for thinly disguised literary romans-à-clef, with Mark McCrum’s novel causing gossip in literary circles’
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Fest was also chosen for the Independent on Sunday's 'Alternative Booker Longlist' in July. 

 There are other nice reviews by readers on Amazon and Goodreads.  

All my other titles (see Books section for extracts) are available on Amazon, for as little as 0.01p in some cases.

Recent journalism is here.
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