:: Saturday, December 06, 2008 ::
From 7-9pm on Wednesday 10 December, Nicholas Royle will be reading at Didsbury Library, south Manchester, with Conrad Williams and Tom Fletcher. Entrance is free.
:: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 ::
Nicholas Royle will be reading his story 'Full on Night' at the launch of Ambit 194 at Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town, north London from 6-8.30pm, Wednesday 23 October. Free entry, wine etc.
:: Monday, May 07, 2007 ::
Nicholas Royle reviews Sam Taylor’s second novel, The Amnesiac
(Faber), in the Independent
:: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 ::
This Friday 27 April there will be a series of readings from The Flash
(Social Disease) edited by Peter Wild. The readings, part of a special Tales of the Decongested event, will take place at Foyle’s, Charing Cross Road, London, kicking off at 7pm. Conrad Williams, Rhonda Carrier, Peter Wild, Shiromi Pinto, Andrew Holmes, Nick Johnstone and Nicholas Royle will all read. Proceeds from the book go to Amnesty International.
:: Thursday, March 08, 2007 ::
On Tuesday 13 March, there will be an evening of Decadence & Noir at Waterstone's
Deansgate store in Manchester. Andy Oakes and Nicholas Royle will read from The Decadent Handbook
published by Dedalus
. The event runs from 7-9pm, tickets cost £3, which is redeemable against book purchase. Refreshments will be served. Further details on 0161 839 1248.
:: Thursday, October 12, 2006 ::
Part of the Original Modern Stories
strand of the Manchester Literature Festival, Nicholas Royle's short story ‘Gannets’ will be read and recorded at the Godlee Observatory on Friday 13 October, in front of a small audience, then broadcast on Radio 4 the following Thursday, 19 October, at 3.30pm. The other writers commissioned to contribute to the Original Modern Stories strand are Jackie Kay, Amanda Dalton, Sophie Hannah and Rajeev Balasubramanyam.
:: Monday, October 09, 2006 ::
Nicholas Royle’s short story collection, Mortality
(Serpent’s Tail), will be launched as part of the Manchester Literature Festival
on Tuesday 17 October at Matt & Phred's
jazz club in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The event is free and starts at 7pm, continuing until 9pm, at which point the club opens its doors to its regular punters who will come to see the Matt Nickson Trio play live. Festival-goers are welcome to stay for the jazz.
:: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 ::
Nicholas Royle's debut short story collection, Mortality
, will be published by Serpent's Tail in October. There will be a launch event scheduled as part of the inaugural Manchester Literature Festival.
:: Friday, January 20, 2006 ::
Friday Late Born Free
is this year’s first late-night opening at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It takes place on Friday 27 January from 6.30-10pm. Among the attractions is an opportunity to get hopelessly lost in the labyrinth of galleries on a literary trail accompanied by a mini-anthology of four short stories specially commissioned for the event by Zembla
magazine. The four writers are Peter Hobbs, Shiromi Pinto, Lucy Caldwell and Nicholas Royle. Royle’s story is entitled ‘Necklines Through the Ages’.
:: Friday, November 04, 2005 ::
Manchester band Performance, recently signed to Polydor, commissioned Nicholas Royle to write a short story inspired by one of their song titles. The title they gave him was 'Dotted Line' and here
, on the band's new web site, is the story. While you're there, take a look around. They're a great band and it's a cool site.
:: Friday, October 28, 2005 ::
On Thursday 17 November, Nicholas Royle will be reading from his work at the Rose Theatre at Edge Hill, Ormskirk, Lancs. The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £3. Further information here
:: Thursday, October 27, 2005 ::
Producer Gavin Poolman has acquired the film rights to Antwerp
:: Monday, June 27, 2005 ::
Two events mark the publication of the B-format Serpent's Tail paperback of Antwerp
. On Thursday 30 June, Nicholas Royle gives a reading at the Cheshire campus of Manchester Metropolitan University in Alsager. The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £3, which gets you a glass of wine and two quid off a signed copy of Antwerp
. For further information call 0161 247 5302 or go here
. Then on Saturday 2 July at 2.15, Royle will be on a panel along with Max Allan Collins, Jon Courtenay-Grimwood, Simon Kernick and Stephen Leather discussing 'Writers on Film + Shades of Noir' in the Crime Scene
season at the National Film Theatre, South Bank, London. Tickets are a fiver.
:: Friday, June 10, 2005 ::
Nicholas Royle's latest short story, 'The Space-Time Continuum', appears in Experiments in Architecture
(August Projects) edited by Samantha Hardingham. Due in bookshops at the end of June, this beautifully produced book can also be ordered direct from Cornerhouse Publications
. Another new Royle story, 'Continuity Error', is forthcoming in City of Disappearances
(Hamish Hamilton) edited by Iain Sinclair.
:: Thursday, June 09, 2005 ::
A mass-market paperback edition of Antwerp
is due out in July from Serpent's Tail
has also been optioned for film, subject to contract. The Director's Cut
is still under option to the Recorded Picture Company, who are looking at Royle's latest draft of the script. Serpent's Tail are to publish Royle's first collection of short stories in 2006.
:: Thursday, February 17, 2005 ::
On Sunday 27 February, Nicholas Royle will join novelist Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room
and Tamburlaine Must Die
, at the Bath Literature Festival
. They will be in discussion with novelist Richard Francis, author of Daggerman
and Fat Hen
. The event takes place from 5.30-6.30pm in the Guildhall.
:: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 ::
Jake Purbright talks to Nicholas Royle about surrealist painters, weird filmmakers and Belgium. His interview appears in 3AM
. Meanwhile, Nicholas Royle has placed a new short story, 'Sitting Tenant', with Poe's Progeny
, an anthology edited by Gary Fry.
:: Monday, November 15, 2004 ::
Tindal Street Press
have just published Dreams Never End
edited by Nicholas Royle. This anthology of contemporary noir gives three emerging writers – Andrew Newsham, Mick Scully and HP Tinker – the chance to present a significant body of work. Newsham and Scully were chosen from a shortlist forwarded to the editor by Tindal Street, while Tinker
is an author Royle has been following for some time, monitoring his short stories in Ambit
and elsewhere. Appreciative reviews have appeared in the Times
and the Independent on Sunday
. Dreams Never End
is published alongside Are You She?
in which Lesley Glaister presents two stories each by four new writers, Mandy Sutter, Sidura Ludwig, Polly Wright and Myra Connell.
:: Thursday, September 02, 2004 ::
As part of the ZuiderZinnen festival in Antwerp, on Sunday 19 September Nicholas Royle will lead readers of the Dutch edition of Antwerp
on two walks past locations in the city that were used in the novel. Later the same day, at 8pm, he will introduce a rare screening of Harry Kümel's De Komst van Joachim Stiller
at the Filmmuseum, Antwerp, in the presence of the film's director.
:: Thursday, August 05, 2004 ::
Apparently, the way to get your two favourite daily broadsheets to review your book is to leave the country for a week. While Nicholas Royle was simultaneously holidaying on the Greek island of Kos and researching a story about pain, earthquakes and the quest for a deeper understanding, reviews of Antwerp
appeared in the Guardian
and the Independent
. You can see a continually updated list of quotes from reviews here
:: Monday, July 26, 2004 ::
Peter Guttridge on Antwerp
in the Observer
. Also check out what Cath Staincliffe had to say in the Manchester Evening News
and what Ian Critchley wrote in Zembla
by looking here
:: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 ::
Jerome de Groot interviews Nicholas Royle on the subject of Antwerp
:: Sunday, June 27, 2004 ::
That nice Laurence Phelan, who wrote kind things about The Director's Cut
, has reviewed Antwerp
in the Independent on Sunday
. Read some of his comments
:: Saturday, June 26, 2004 ::
Picked as one of the Independent's 50 Best Books For the Beach today (admittedly sneaking in at number 48), Antwerp
was described as a 'mesmerising blend of surrealism, satire and thriller... Uncanny, stylish and elusive: a fictional answer to the strangest art-house noir.' James Hundleby was complimentary in Jack
: 'Royle paints it as evocatively as Chandler's LA... A trip into a world of surrealism and sleaze that will have you wiping your hands on your trousers.'
:: Saturday, June 19, 2004 ::
More review coverage of Antwerp
. In today's Times
, Chris Power declares the book 'a satisfyingly atmospheric thriller'. In the Big Issue in the North
, Stewart Home writes, 'Antwerp
is both serious entertainment and a page turner'. Philip Hamer, in Manchester's City Life
magazine: 'This accomplished novel is highly readable and is especially memorable for its strong sense of place.' Peter Tennant in The Third Alternative
: '... this complex and absorbing novel, a work of ambition that will reward several readings.' More here
:: Monday, June 07, 2004 ::
has been picking up some very nice early reviews. In the Sunday Herald
, Ron Butlin writes, 'Truth and fiction, fact and fancy, become intertwined so imaginatively that each twist in the plot gives us a unfamiliar glimpse into our own familiar world. The narrative thread unravels itself and reforms into a Möbius strip of ever-increasing ingenuity.' In Time Out
, Roz Kaveney observes: 'One of the things Royle does excellently is portray the inner life of contemporary urban intellectuals.' And in De Standaard
, a Flemish-language paper in Belgium, John Vervoort reports, 'This intelligent author has created a thrilling and complex murder story with a sophisticated structure, detailed descriptions and numerous references to film and art. Not that his aim is simply to impress the reader; his references have a purpose. What binds the artists to the other characters is their fascination for the beauty of decay.' More detailed information here
:: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 ::
Three Thursdays, three readings. On 20 May, Nicholas Royle will appear with Michael Marshall at Deansgate Waterstone's, Manchester. NR will read from Antwerp
, MM from his new novel The Lonely Dead
(HarperCollins). A week later (27 May) sees him participating in Tales of the Decongested at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden. Finally, on 3 June, Royle will join Tony Saint for a Vox & Roll event at Boogaloo in Highgate, north London. Check City Life
and Time Out
, respectively, for details.
:: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 ::
The Dutch edition of Antwerp
will be published by Ambo Anthos on 14 May 2004.
:: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 ::
A new short story, 'The Performance', will appear in issue four of Matter
magazine in October 2004.
:: Saturday, April 17, 2004 ::
Nicholas Royle is editing a Crime Showcase anthology for Tindal Street Press for publication later this year. Three writers will each contribute a number of new stories. The contributors have been selected but the contents have not yet been finalised.
Antwerp has been granted the title of World Book Capital 2004 by UNESCO. From 23 April there will be a rolling programme of lectures, book fairs, exhibitions and other events taking place in the city. Nicholas Royle has been invited to take part in ZuiderZinnen, a large-scale event planned for Sunday 19 September. He will read from Antwerp
:: Monday, March 01, 2004 ::
Nicholas Royle's new novel, Antwerp
, is to be published in a Dutch edition, as Antwerpen
, by Ambo|Anthos
in May 2004.
Nicholas Royle's book reviews and features for the Independent
going back to 1999 have been archived on the links
:: Sunday, February 29, 2004 ::
Short story action: Nicholas Royle is among the contributors to The Alsiso Project
(The Elastic Press) edited by Andrew Hook. The concept of the anthology was that all the stories would have the same title, namely 'Alsiso'. Contributors include Christopher Kenworthy, Conrad Williams, Brian Howell, Andrew Humphrey and Lisa Pearson.
Upcoming are 'The Family Room' in Taverns of the Dead
(Cemetery Dance Publications) edited by Kealan Patrick Burke and 'The Space-Time Discontinuum' in Tall Stories: Experiments in Architecture
(August) edited by Samantha Hardingham.
are due to publish Antwerp
on 3 June. In the meantime, Nicholas Royle is working on the screenplay adaptation of The Director's Cut
for the Recorded Picture Company.
:: Monday, June 30, 2003 ::
The script for the proposed film adaptation of The Director's Cut
, meanwhile, is to be written by Nicholas Royle, who has been commissioned to produce a treatment and a first draft by the option-holders, the Recorded Picture Company.
:: Monday, June 16, 2003 ::
The new novel, entitled Antwerp
, will be published by Serpent's Tail in spring 2004.
:: Friday, May 23, 2003 ::
Nicholas Royle's new novel will be published by Serpent's Tail. The title is undecided.
:: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 ::
Nicholas Royle has at last finished his new novel, Straight to Video
. His wife, the first person to read it, declared it ‘a page-turner’. But then she would, wouldn’t she?
:: Monday, February 17, 2003 ::
Nicholas Royle interviews novelist Chris Paling in the Independent
and manages to squeeze in his own views on the obsession of the media and the publishing industry with youth, Oxbridge and Granta
’s Best of Young British Novelists promotion.
:: Thursday, January 09, 2003 ::
The Recorded Picture Company have taken a five-year option on Nicholas Royle's novel The Director's Cut
. Royle, meanwhile, is still
– yes, still
– working on the sequel, Straight to Video
. He hopes to have it finished before the option on The Director's Cut
:: Wednesday, January 08, 2003 ::
Two of Nicholas Royle's short stories published during 2002, 'Hide & Seek' (originally in Dark Voices 6
) and 'Standard Gauge' (from Thirteen
), have been selected to be reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 16
(St Martin's Press) edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.
:: Friday, November 22, 2002 ::
Update on the Sutherland Trophy: the award for the best first feature in the London Film Festival went to Carnages
directed by Delphine Gleize. The jury for the award comprised the artists Jane and Louise Wilson, Steven Gaydos of Variety
, Louisa Dent of UGC, Berenice Fugard (Pathé), Robert Jones (Film Council), Ryan Gilbey (film critic), Sandra Hebron (artistic director of the LFF), Adrian Wootton (deputy CEO of the BFI and executive director of the LFF) and Nicholas Royle. The two runners-up were Suddenly
, directed by Diego Lerman, and Karen Moncrieff's Blue Car
is due to be released in the UK in spring 2003.
:: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 ::
On 20 November, Nicholas Royle will be at Borders, Charing Cross Road, London WC2, reading from his short story 'The Inland Waterways Association', which appears in Birmingham Noir
(Tindal Street Press) edited by Joel Lane and Steve Bishop. Several contributors are due to read, alongside David Fine, who will be reading from his novel The Executioner's Art
(Tindal Street Press). The event starts at 6.30pm.
:: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 ::
Nicholas Royle has accepted an invitation to join the jury for this year's Sutherland Trophy, which is awarded to the best first feature in the London Film Festival. The winning film will be announced at the LFF Closing Gala on Thursday 21 November.
:: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 ::
Nicholas Royle's latest short story, 'Hide and Seek', a tale of parental anxiety, has just been published in Dark Terrors 6
(Gollancz) edited by Stephen Jones and David Sutton.
:: Tuesday, October 01, 2002 ::
On 3 October, Nicholas Royle will join writers, editors and representatives from arts organisations at an emergency summit on the survival of the short story to be held in Newcastle-Gateshead. Led by writer Jackie Kay, the summit will launch a campaign in support of this neglected art form.
Talking of short stories, Nicholas Royle's latest, 'The Inland Waterways Association', appears in Birmingham Noir
(Tindal Street Press) edited by Joel Lane and Steve Bishop, published on 10 October.
:: Thursday, August 15, 2002 ::
On the evening of Wednesday 9 October, Patrick Neate, Tim Lott and Nicholas Royle will talk about writing and read from their work at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6, as part of the Wordwide Literature Festival. On the following evening, Thursday 10 October, Edward Platt and Nicholas Royle will each read at Shepherd's Bush Library, Pennard Road, London W12. This event starts at 7pm.
:: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 ::
On Friday 13 September 2002, Nicholas Royle will be in Berlin to take part in Capital Letters, a reading/discussion event organised by the British Council to coincide with the Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin, taking place from 10-21 September. The following month, at 7pm on Thursday 10 October, he will be reading with Edward Platt, author of Leadville
, at Shepherd's Bush Library, west London.
:: Saturday, July 27, 2002 ::
A London-based production company has made an offer for the film option on The Director's Cut
:: Monday, May 27, 2002 ::
'Standard Gauge', a story of a lost railway line and the one road in London where everybody who lives in London either has lived, is currently living or will live at some point in their lives, has just been published in the Marc Atkins photography/text project Thirteen
(Articulation/The Do-Not Press). Other contributors include James Sallis, Julian Rathbone, Stella Duffy, Toby Litt and Maxim Jakubowski. There are literally dozens of pictures of naked girls in this book. All in black and white. The texts were written in response to photos sent randomly to the contributors.
:: Saturday, March 09, 2002 ::
A new short story, 'Suspension of Disbelief', has just appeared in 'NFT 50', a booklet published by the British Film Institute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Film Theatre. 'NFT 50' is available from the NFT, price £5 (£4 to BFI members).
:: Wednesday, February 27, 2002 ::
Nicholas Royle is working on a new novel, a loose sequel to The Director's Cut
(Abacus) entitled Straight to Video
. An American indie film-maker, Johnny Vos, is in Antwerp shooting an low-budget biopic about the artist Paul Delvaux, whose surreal canvases were filled with somnambulant female nudes. When the prostitutes that Vos is using as extras start turning up murdered – the first in an abandoned water tower, the second floating in the River Schelde – the finger of suspicion points first to cult Belgian director Harry Kümel, since VHS copies of Kümel's first two films, M Hawarden
and Daughters of Darkness
, are found with the first two bodies. London-based film critic Frank Warner, in Antwerp covering the shoot for an English paper, is forced to turn investigative journalist. Since Harry Kümel is a veteran of Belgian cinema, despite his own assertion that Belgian cinema doesn't exist, he is soon edged out of the frame by Johnny Vos. But what about Jan Spitzner, host of an offensive freakshow website, who sends creepy emails to sex-workers at the Last House on the Left, a voyeur site, where the two dead girls had been based? Then there's diamond dealer turned internet porn baron Wim de Blieck, owner of the Last House. It's not long before Frank seriously
wishes his girlfriend Siân hadn't come out to Antwerp to join him.
:: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 ::
Two new short stories are due to appear later this year: 'The Inland Waterways Association', about art and serial killing, is due to appear in Birmingham Noir
(Tindal Street Press) edited by Steve Bishop and Joel Lane; 'Hide and Seek', a study in parental anxiety, will line up in Dark Terrors 6
(Gollancz) in the autumn.
The Director's Cut
has recently been published in two foreign-language editions: Nagelaten Beelden
(Ambo/Anthos) is walking out of bookstores in Holland and Flanders, while Portuguese readers are fighting for copies of A Montagem