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So, after two days in Istanbul – during which I discovered all the trains I wanted to take aren’t running – I’m packed and ready to fly to Diyarbakir tomorrow.  This evening then, marks the end of the beginning of the first leg of my research trip to Kurdistan and Palestine.  Does that make tonight the right ankle of my trip?  Stick with me folks – I’ve had a little sun today, but I’m in a cool basement hotel room now, and the puns might get better…  In the meantime, here’s a puzzle for you, the significance of which will hopefully, like a line of Arabic calligraphy, merge into the shape of a transcendent whole.  (Or perhaps a pineapple, which according to one Turkish artist, is one and the same thing) But on with the game.  The day before I left England my friend Iain asked me to cite the…

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My new Dell Inspiron laptop arrived yesterday.  Having spent the last three months complaining to BlackBerry support about the malfunctioning touchscreen on my new ‘Playbook’ tablet – bought on sale as a Christmas present to self, and cause of nothing but warfare ever since – I was in fact dreading the arrival of this new piece of kit.  Apart from a hiccup of admiration for its sleek black case, I took possession of my new workmate joylessly, and spent the day bleakly summoning the courage to plug the thing in.  Even so, I was not prepared to be crying before I even turned it on. But then, I didn’t expect that Dell’s designers – surely intelligent individuals who occasionally use their own products – would have microwaved their brains and decided to place all the sockets not at the back but along the sides of the notebook. Meaning that my mouse,…

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I’m beyond thrilled to announce that, fifteen years after I began writing it, my first novel Seoul Survivors, has been bought by Jo Fletcher Books, a Quercus imprint specialising in SF and Fantasy.  The contract is a two-book deal that will see Seoul Survivors published in Feb 2013, and my second novel published twelve months later. I couldn’t have found a more perceptive editor than Jo Fletcher, an award-winning poet who understands that poetry and SF meet in the fizzing intersection of words, ideas and the visionary imagination.  Her comments on an earlier draft helped me torque, rather than tweak, the novel’s characters into who they really are.  In her words – because, hurrah, I don’t have to write my own PR anymore! – Renowned poet and playwright Naomi Foyle’s debut novel Seoul Survivors is a dark, passionate, flamboyant cyber-thriller set – well, tomorrow, really, or the next day, with…

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Welcome, curious reader, to my new website.  Though I don’t have an old website so, properly speaking, this is my debut own-URL e-emporium.  Here I’ve gathered a record of my work over the last twenty years, from my bouffon opera Hush to my recent verse drama ‘The Strange Wife’.  You can read some of my poems, check out the synopsis of my first novel, and as soon as I figure out how to convert ancient scratched CDs and DVDs into podcasts and video links, you’ll be able to view videopoems and listen to spoken word and music collaborations too. It seems de rigeur to start one’s online diary with an intimate confession, so here’s mine: I can’t quite bring myself to embrace the Brit Rail 2-ply term for web journalling – mainly because it is so b**gging ugly … but ideally, this home page will become a kind of gluggable,…

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