Monday, November 30, 2015

Side Project

I was in a band as a teenager. The most notable thing about us was the fact that we blagged our lighting rig from Bauhaus. All I remember about those gigs is being so blinded by strobes that we just turned up the volume and hoped for the best. I turned to writing once we went our separate ways, but never lost interest in making music.

So, in between books over the last few years, I've returned to my first love. Wreckages is an instrumental project available for free streaming and download. 

All tracks on this first release, Come to Rest are composed, performed and produced by me, on and off from 2013 - 2015. The last two tracks contain samples from street recordings, and come to you with a parental advisory label. Rock and roll.

And now back to the day job...

Friday, October 30, 2015


I've just returned from a tour of Mexico with the British Council and Conaculta. I blogged about the experience here:

Thursday, October 08, 2015


I will appearing at the FIL Zócalo Festival in Mexico City on October 17 & 18, courtesy of The British Council and Conaculta

The following week, I'll be taking part in literary events in Oaxaca - a south western state on the Pacific coastline.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Username: Evie

Today sees publication of USERNAME: EVIE, the debut graphic novel by Youtube star, Joe Sugg.

I'm delighted to have been part of the team that helped Joe bring out the best in his story, and wish Joe, and the book, every success. From the back pages, here we are ready to save the world...


In the UK, Username Evie has become the fastest selling graphic-novel of all time

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Edinburgh Book Festival 2015

I'm really looking forward to this... Lars is a former Norwegian Premier League footballer, and his novel is brilliant:


Do you think your family is weird? Well, meet those in The Disappearing Children by Lars Joachim Grimstad and The Savages by Matt Whyman. One includes a taxi driving dad who becomes Prime Minster in post-revolution Norway, and the other is a darkly delicious treat for anyone who has been embarrassed by their own flesh and blood.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

YALC event details

Olympia, London

YALC is a celebration of young adult books. Staged within the London Film & Comic Con, YA fans have the chance to meet their favourite authors, listen to panel discussions and take part in workshops. Tickets are available here.

Friday 17th July
2.30- 3.15pm - Thrills and chills: Writing Horror
Get YALC 2015 off to a spooky and spine-chilling start with this panel event. Feel the fear as our fantastic panel of authors Will Hill, Dawn Kurtagich, Lou Morgan, Darren Shan and Matt Whyman discuss the resurgence of horror and psychological thrillers, and the ongoing appeal of scary tales.

Sunday 19th July
10.30-11.15am - Mental Health in YA
As part our our ‘What is Normal?’ strand, we’ll be speaking out about mental health in books for young adults. Authors Holly BourneBrian Conaghan,Annabel Pitcher and Matt Whyman will be exploring the representation of mental health issues in YA today.