A.J Kirby: The Writer

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Who is the writer A.J Kirby?


**NEW IN PAPERBACK - Perfect World - described by author Cassandra Parkin as "pretty damn Perfect"**


**New Fiction Release: AJ Kirby Sci-Fi in NU-GEN published by Fox and Raven, July 2014**

**Read online for free: My short Cow and Calf, as serlialised on The State of the Arts website**

A.J Kirby is the award-winning published author of six novels and over forty short stories. He is a sportswriter for the Professional Footballer's Association and a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books and The Short Review.



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The chances are, if you have visited this site, you are either:

a) interested in reading good writing; b) looking to find out more about  the writer; or c) spying on me.

I'd like to hope that you're here to find out how I'm doing with my writing, or that you are genuinely interested in understanding what exactly I'm trying to do...

... because, you see, I am writing because I always wanted to. I just never knew how to start, or what to write about. Then, like a lightbulb clicking on in my head, I realised that I just had to get on with it.

This site is testimony to how far that I've come, and also how far I've still got to go. It contains information about how I started writing, what drove me to write, and also examples of the actual writing. I write to try to make myself a better person, and I am proud of what I've done so far.

Now, if you've got through all of that claptrap above, then hopefully you'll want to read more; so enjoy the site, leave me a message, follow your own dreams!

If you're an editor or a publisher, then maybe just read the below:

" is a writer whose portfolio includes short stories, features, non-fiction articles and full-length fiction. He has enjoyed publication in a number of quite different fields, although creative writing is his first love."

"It is harder to put your foot in your mouth when you have a pen in your hand." William Safire, On Language


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Latest Published Works

Since the beginning of 2007, Andy has been published, or has work accepted for future publication by the following:

Short Story Credits: Litro Magazine; Legend Press (in the 2009 and 2010 anthologies, 8 Rooms and Ten Journeys); Graveside Tales (in the anthology - Fried! Fast Food, Slow Deaths); Jupiter SF magazine; Skrev Press (in Texts' Bones), Nemonymous 8: Cone Zero; Nemonymous 9: Cern Zoo; Eibonvale Press; Sein und Werden (published in both the print and online versions of the magazine); in the inaugural issue of Pumpkin magazine; in the inaugural issue of Minus 9 Squared magazine; on the Huddersfield Literature Festival website; on the Short Story Library website; in A Fly in Amber webzine; in Black Label Books; in Telling Tales magazine from Meadow Publications; in the Vampires, Ghosts, Zombies anthology from No Tree Books; in the NightLight zine; in the New Voices in Fiction anthology, Ten Nails; in Platinum Page; in the Word Weavers General Fiction Anthology; in the Drollerie Press ghost story anthology; in the Earlyworks Press Fiction Anthology Loretta's Parrot; on the Byker Books website and in their 2010 anthology Radgepacket 4; in the Bridge House Publishing Angels anthology; in the Dog Horn Publishing Masterclass anthology; in the Dark Hoard anthology; in the ABC Tales magazine; in Pages of Stories magazine; in Champagne Shivers; Golden Visions magazine; online in Arthregeum magazine; in The Front View magazine from The View from Here; on the Wamack journal of the arts site; Clockwise Cat magazine, Underground Magazine; New Voices in Fiction magazine; Necrology magazine; The 2nd HandThe Thinking Man's Crumpet magazine; Home Defence UK magazine; ABC Tales; and Shortalk.

Longer Fiction: The Magpie Trap, A.J Kirby's debut novel, a crime thriller, was published by Youwriteon in May 2009 and is available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other on-line retailers. Andy's second novel, the supernatural revenge story, Bully was published by Wild Wolf Publishing and is available to purchase from here and here. Perfect World, the dark techno-thriller has also been accepted for publication from TWB Press and will be available from March 2011.

One extract from the novel-in-progess, Background Noise published in the Spring 2009 edition of Monkey Kettle magazine; a second extract to be published in Radgepacket 4 from Byker Books, due for publication March 2010.

Features and Reviews:  Andy is a regular contributor to Essential Writers, BBC Sport, Sense Magazine (Natwest Bank), Writers' News, Risk-UK, IP Focus Magazine, Itchy Leeds Magazine, Itchy Leeds website, Itchy Leeds Guidebook (the proliferation of Itchy's there - the scratch of Itchy's if you will - is explained by the fact Andy acted as editor of the publication in 2008).

Audio/ Radio/ Performance Art: 'Skeleton in the Closet' available on Podcast after a performance on BCB Radio (Bradford) - for your FREE CD Rom copy, please send a stamped addressed envelope to the address as listed on the Contacts Page.

'History and Her Story', and 'It's the way you tell 'em', read by professional actors and recorded as audio files for Listen Up North.com.