A blog by Nikki Dudley about the gaps in everyday life...


Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Knives, Forks and Spoons subscriber scheme

Subscribe to read lots of poetry and you get my new forthcoming collection too! Exciting - I think so!


for books published between 2016 and 2017

Receive a welcome pack of books from our backlist worth at least £50, selected by the editor.
And receive forthcoming titles from the following poets as they are published:
Alison Gibb
Wendy Heath
Helen Ivory
Camilla Nelson
Eileen Tabios
Steve Willie
Receive a welcome pack of books from our backlist worth at least £100, selected by the editor.
And receive forthcoming titles from the following poets as they are published:
Rob Burton
Nikki Dudley
Alison Gibb
Jesse Glass
Wendy Heath
Helen Ivory
Ira Lightman
Bruno Neiva
Camilla Nelson
Eileen Tabios
Steve Willey
For further details see the KFS website 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Come and see me at The Blackpool Illuminations!

Hi everyone!

I really need to get back to keeping my blog up to date! In the long break since I last wrote on here, I've been quite busy writing various things, working as a teacher, being pregnant and finally, looking after my 7.5 month old!

Now though, there is some exciting news that has prompted me back online!

Myself, and nine other poets (who I will list below), are being featured in the Blackpool Illuminations this year! The event takes place between early September and early November.

The poets included are my good self, Steve Willey, Helen Ivory, Bruno Neiva (who has previously appeared in STREETCAKE), Wendy Heath, Rob Burton, Eileen Tabios, Jesse Glass and Ira Lightman.

The poem of mine featured is called 'Ctrl+Z' and can be found in the photographs below - as can be seen at the Illuminations. Obviously, it will look ever better at night.

You can read more about the illuminations HERE

A big special thanks to Alec Newman of Knives, Forks and Spoons Press and the Arts Council for making this possible!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Four British Mysteries e-book, including Ellipsis!

Four British Mysteries: crime, detective, thriller and (mild) horror set in Britain by British authors.

Lynnwood, by Thomas Brown, set in the New Forest, was listed for the 2014 People’s Book Prize;

A Taste for Blood, set in and around London, by the acclaimed Sherlock Holmes expert David Stuart Davies;

Ellipsis, set in London, a psychological thriller by Nikki Dudley;

Cold Remains, set in London and Wales, by crime writer and award-winning poet, Sally Spedding.

Four great reads, for those who like to wrap their minds round unusual plots.
Available on Amazon.co.uk (Kindle) for £12.66 
Available on the Barnes and Noble site (Nook book) for $10.99  

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Interview on Social Book Shelves website

Hi all,

I was interviewed by the talented poet Dane Cobain on his book review blog (Social Book Shelves). You can read (and hear!) the interview here: http://www.socialbookshelves.com/blog/interview-with-nikki-dudley-author-of-exits-origins/

We cover my degree at Roehampton, experimental writing, meeting the co-editor of streetcake, Trini, my poetry and fiction, streetcake subs and other experimental mags! Quite a lot, I think you'll agree. 


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Review: Undivided by Neal Shusterman (Unwind Dystology)

Okay, I've been saving this book to read for a few months because I didn't want to finish this dystology at all! When I started reading, I was really nervous to find out what happened to all the characters as I wanted lots of them to survive but being the type of book it was, I was certain not everyone would make it! I don't want to put in any spoilers so I won't discuss who did and who didn't make it to the end. All I will say is there were a few moments when I wanted to stop reading! But I simply couldn't. I ended up finishing this book in about 1.5 days, which is a compliment to Neal Shusterman. I was very excited and anxious!

What I like about this dystology is the way it interlinks with real life events, such as 3-D printers, punishments in prisons, overpopulation, crime, corruption, profit etc... There are many parts of it that seem like things which could really happen, much like George Orwell's 1984. Perhaps not all of these things will come true but there are definite echoes of real life in there which make it even more relevant and intriguing to read.

I imagine some people will say this is Young Adult and perhaps that means it shouldn't be taken as seriously as adult fiction but I hope not many people will say that. This dystology is full of amazing ideas and heartfelt characters. Some of them I wanted to get killed off, some I desperately wanted to stop reading in case they died, some I grew to like over time; but pretty much all of them I had an emotional response to. Amongst all of that, there was a lot of technical stuff going on but Shusterman managed to keep it accessible and engaging.

In short, I really recommend this dystology for young and old. If you want to think, pick these books up. Young Adult isn't for the faint hearted and this dystology proves it.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Prison book ban ruled unlawful by High Court

I'm very happy to hear that prisoners will still be able to receive books in parcels.

Here is the BBC story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30344867

I think books have a real ability to teach and enlighten, not only entertain, and not allowing prisoners and their families to share this priviledge seemed ridiculous to me. As Philip Pullman said, "The ban on sending prisoners books seemed to me strikingly unjust and inhumane. Reading should be a right not a privilege to be withheld or allowed graciously by Her Majesty's government, or anyone else."

In Brazil, some inmates were even offered a "Redemption through Reading" programme which allowed inmates to cut four days off their sentence for every book they read. The maximum they could get off in a year was 48 days and they were required to write an essay on the books, which were judged by a panel. Interesting idea. Could reading programmes like this be used in other countries and certain prison settings or is that a step too far?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Big Green Bookshop (Wood Green) now stock Ellipsis and other books by small presses!

Hi everyone,

The lovely people over at Big Green Bookshop are now stocking books published by small presses. They are a lovely independent bookshop who are prolific on social networking and seem like a generally lovely bunch. They have started a new initiative to give small presses a bit more exposure so have opened up a whole shelf just for this purpose.

In other good news, one of those books they are now selling is Ellipsis! If you have a look in the below photo, you can see Ellipsis on the second to top shelf, looking all shiny and lovely.

So, if you like independent books and independent bookshops, I suggest you get yourself down there! And if you still haven't bought Ellipsis yet, all the more reason!

Seriously though, small presses have a hard time getting their books on the shelves at most bookshops so Big Green Bookshop are offering some great exposure and support for the little people. Please do the same if you can.

Thanks as always. Read well, my friends.


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