About (& publications)

Not quite a thousand monkeys

This amused OneMonkey in the Louvre in 2009. I’m the one on the right.

I used to run Ilkley Writers, and I’m a member of Script Yorkshire. In 2017 I was one of only 150 writers chosen to participate in WriteNow by Penguin Random House, the UK’s biggest publisher. Links to most of my published writing (much of it free to read, listen to or watch), from twitter fiction to novel length works via guest blogs and reviews, are below. You can hear me reading some of it at https://www.chirbit.com/JYSaville and there are links to radio programmes, audio recordings and videos below.

Do you want to read, listen, or watch? Book reviews I’ve written outside of this blog are listed separately at the bottom of the page – I wrote a couple of dozen for The Bookbag for instance, and had a book review column at the Luna Station Quarterly blog for a while.

If you enjoy my writing, you can always buy me a cuppa via Ko-fi at https://ko-fi.com/jysaville

If you want to get in touch, you have a choice of @JYSaville on Twitter, or leave a comment here but make it clear it’s private so I don’t publish it.

Page last updated 11th April 2021.

In the last few months I have:

 Things I’ve written that you can watch

  • May 2020: A Ferret Too Far – short film for RapidReel starring Alan Lewis (watch it here). We won the RapidReel People’s Choice Awards that week for Best Writer and Best Actor respectively
  • April 2020: I Could Murder a Custard Cream – short film by Slackline Productions starring Susannah May, directed by Callie Nestleroth (watch it here)
  • March 2019: The Food of Love, radio programme on East Leeds FM – stories and poems from JY Saville, Emily Devane and Rosalind Fairclough (aka Rosalind York) with musical accompaniment from Keely Hodgson (cello) and Karen Vaughan (violin) (listen again here or watch the video here – you don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch it)

  Things I’ve written that you can listen to

  • forthcoming, 2021: Playing With My Heart on Chapel FM/East Leeds FM as one of the winners of the Script Yorkshire radio drama competition 2020
  • May 2020: Cherry Blossom, prose poem for the German leg of the Leeds/Dortmund 50 festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the twinning of Leeds (England) and Dortmund (Germany) (scroll three-quarters down this page and click on the photo of cherry blossom to listen)
  • March 2019: The Food of Love, radio programme on East Leeds FM – stories and poems from JY Saville, Emily Devane and Rosalind Fairclough (aka Rosalind York) with musical accompaniment from Keely Hodgson (cello) and Karen Vaughan (violin) (listen again here or watch the video here – you don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch it)
  • March 2018: Lavender Ink, radio drama co-written with Rosalind Fairclough (listen to us performing it here)
  • August 2017: Summer of ’96 at The Fiction Pool (read it for free here or listen to me reading it here)
  • April 2017: The Borrowers, an Ilkley Writers radio programme on Chapel FM – discussion, stories and poems (and a live writing challenge) with JY Saville, Andrea Hardaker and Rosalind Fairclough (aka Rosalind York) (the programme is no longer available but you can listen to me reading my story The Library of Forgotten Dreams here)
  • June 2016: essay on standardised time and the introduction of time zones, read at the York Festival of Ideas (listen to me reading it here)
  • June 2016: Lancelot Names the Day, read at the York Festival of Ideas (listen to me reading it here)
  • April 2016: Down the Rabbit Hole, an Ilkley Writers radio programme on Chapel FM – discussion, stories and poems with JY Saville, Andrea Hardaker and Rosalind York (the programme is no longer available but you can listen to me reading my stories Can’t Stop the Rock and Viv’s 64th)
  • October 2015: Down to the River in What Lies Beneath, Ilkley Writers’ anthology, and performed at Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe (listen to me reading it here along with the story I didn’t use)
  • June 2015: Guilt By Association at FlashFlood (read it for free here or listen to me read it here)
  • June 2009: Not Such a Cold Fish on Every Day Fiction (read it for free here or listen to me reading it here)

Things I’ve written that you can read

Fiction (short stories, flash and micro fiction, books, comics)

  • forthcoming, 2021: Brought to bed with a good book at Janus Literary
  • February 2021: Silver-Topped Cane at Funny Pearls (read it for free here)
  • November 2020: 24 Years, 361 Days in issue 14 of Confingo (buy the magazine here)
  • October 2020: Stolen Warmth in Secret Attic booklet 5 (buy the booklet here or read for free here)
  • June 2020: Eyes Front in issue 1.11 of FEED (read it for free here)
  • June 2020: Twelve Weeks’ Rest in issue 1 of Untitled: Voices (read it online here or download the whole journal for free here)
  • June 2020: Evidently Lovestruck in issue 1 of Truffle Magazine (read it for free here)
  • May 2020: Upstairs Left at the Leeds-Dortmund 50 webpage (read it for free here)
  • August 2019: After the Dream at Visual Verse (read it for free here)
  • June 2019: Badge of Honour at FlashFlood (read it for free here)
  • September 2018: Air of Belonging at Visual Verse (read it for free here)
  • August 2018: The Crows Remember at 52 Crows, a project by illustrator Bonnie Helen Hawkins (sadly the website’s been revamped and mine has disappeared, but the story’s due to be reprinted elsewhere in April 2021 – watch this space)
  • June 2018: It’s Not Her in Ripening: 2018 National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology (buy the print or digital edition here)
  • April 2018: Last Post in issue 9 of Confingo (buy a print copy here)
  • April 2018: Ghost Bridge in the first Crossing the Tees anthology (print copies available in libraries around Teesside, I believe)
  • April 2018: Alone and Misunderstood, He Suffers For His Art in Tritely Challenged Volume 1 (buy the print or digital edition here, proceeds to Book Aid International)
  • January 2018: Life’s Struggles in Flash, I Love You! from Paper Swans Press (buy a print copy here)
  • December 2017: 25-word novel in issue 76 of Mslexia
  • November 2017: Tom’s Bottom Drawer in issue 1 of The Cabinet of Heed (read it for free here)
  • November 2017: One Thing at a Time at Visual Verse (read it for free here)
  • October 2017: Abandoned in One from Ellipsis Zine (buy the print or digital editions here)
  • September 2017: fiction inspired by John Mayall’s Blues Breakers album with Eric Clapton at The RS500 (read it for free here)
  • August 2017: Summer of ’96 at The Fiction Pool (read it for free here or listen to me reading it here)
  • July 2017: The Future Has Stalled at Visual Verse (read it for free here)
  • June 2017: She gets it from your side at FlashFlood (read it for free here)
  • May 2017: A Splash of Unexpected Brightness at Visual Verse (read it for free here)
  • May 2017: The Invisible Woman at Reflex Fiction (read it for free here)
  • April 2017: Letters From the Past at HeadStuff’s Fortnightly Fiction (read it for free here)
  • March 2017: untitled Twitter fiction in issue 73 of Mslexia
  • February 2017: untitled Twitter fiction (first place in Twitter fiction competition) in issue 1 of 50GS Magazine (read it for free here)
  • November 2016: Transfixed, in issue 8 of Firefly Magazine (read it for free here)
  • August 2016: Fresh Start at Zeroflash (read it for free here)
  • July 2016: Breakfast in Bradford, at The Flash Fiction Press (read it for free here)
  • June 2016: King Of All I Survey, at FlashFlood (read it for free here)
  • October 2015: Indigo and Show Off in Nailpolish Stories (read them for free here)
  • June 2015: untitled hint fiction at Tiny Bites (read it for free here)
  • June 2015: Guilt By Association at FlashFlood (read it for free here or listen to me read it here)
  • October 2014: Cracks in the Foundations, sci-fi and fantasy short story collection (download here and pay what you feel like)
  • July 2014: Reawakened Passions, in Romance Magazine (buy the ebook here)
  • May 2013: Self-Aware and Living in Bradford, in Kzine Issue 6 (buy the ebook here or read it in Cracks in the Foundations)
  • April 2013: Alone Again Or at FlashFlood (read it for free here)
  • March 2013: The Little Book of Northern Women, short story collection (download here and pay what you feel like)
  • September 2012: Last Night in Las Vegas in The Rusty Nail (read it for free here)
  • August 2012: Wasted Years, novel (download here and pay what you feel like)
  • June 2012: Flight of Fancy and Naked Truth in Nailpolish Stories (read them for free here)
  • November 2011: The Moon of Endine 40-page comic, from Ostragoth Publishing (printed comic has sold out but you can read it for free here, or download the free pdf)
  • October 2011: The Dovedale Affair in Comets and Criminals issue 1 (read it for free here)
  • June 2011: Domestic Abyss in Summer 2011 edition of Boston Literary Magazine (read it for free here)
  • May 2011: Faster than light travel on One Forty Fiction (read it for free here)
  • February 2011: The Fan-boys on Tour in issue 32 of The View From Here
  • January 2011: Only Human in issue 59 of Short, Fast, and Deadly (read it for free here)
  • November 2010: Boys Don’t Cry 80-page graphic novel from Ostragoth Publishing (printed book has sold out but you can download free pdf here)
  • October 2010: All the Room in the World in Bards and Sages Quarterly (buy the magazine in print or e-book from Amazon)
  • October 2010: The silent vacuum of space on Six Sentences (read it for free here)
  • October 2010: Renton, Patented Robot Butler on 50 to 1 (read it for free here)
  • September 2010: Leaf Encounter on Six Sentences (read it for free here)
  • March 2010: England 1 Sweden 0 in issue 14 of Short, Fast, and Deadly (read it for free here)
  • December 2009: Psyche and the Soul at Everyday Weirdness (read it for free here)
  • December 2009: The Mist Wolves in issue 5 of Silver Blade (read it in Cracks in the Foundations)
  • November 2009: Destination Unknown, English Breakfast and Letting Go on PicFic  (read them for free by following each link), later collected in On a Narrow Windowsill: Fiction and Poetry Folded onto Twitter anthology from Folded Word (buy the book or electronic version on Amazon, or the book direct from the publisher)
  • October 2009: The Day the Circus Came to Town in Morpheus Tales flash fiction special (download it for free)
  • June 2009: Not Such a Cold Fish on Every Day Fiction (read it for free here or listen to me reading it here)
  • September 2008: Windows to the Soul on 365 tomorrows (read it for free here)
  • July 2007: alternate ending 1 (of 3) for BBC7’s Chain Gang Picture This, published on BBC7 website (read it for free here or read the Wikipedia entry about the series)

Non-fiction (everything except book reviews)

  • January 2021: Love and Iron Maiden in Epoch Journal #1: Beginnings (buy the paperback here or the ebook here)
  • October 2020: Dream On in Ellipsis Zine, Eight: You, Me, and Emmylou (buy the anthology here)
  • October 2018: introduction to Romeo and Juliet school edition from Firestone Books (buy the book here)
  • October 2018: introduction to Hamlet school edition from Firestone Books (buy the book here)
  • March 2018: Two Heads Are Better Than One, at the New Writing North Journal (read it for free here)
  • March 2018: The Lesson, creative non-fiction at Ellipsis Zine (read it for free here)
  • January 2018: Embracing the accent, at No Writer Left Behind (read it for free here)
  • November 2017: Why bother with education?, entry to NUHA blogging prize 2017 (read it for free here)
  • October 2017: A Kind of Magic, essay on Neil Gaiman’s short fiction at Thresholds (read it for free here)
  • August 2017: Storytelling with a side order of science: STEAM in adult education in SciArt magazine STEAM special issue (read it for free here)
  • March 2017: Northerners! Know Your Place, guest blog at Laurie Garrison’s Women Writers School (read it for free here)
  • October 2016: Academic studies do not take place in isolation, entry to NUHA blogging prize 2016 (read it for free here)
  • August 2016: essay on the Bradford Female Educational Institute, part of University of Edinburgh Dangerous Women Project (read it for free here)
  • October 2014: MOOCs, a piece of the higher education jigsaw, entry to the NUHA blogging prize 2014 (read it for free here)
  • October 2014: review of David Almond event at Ilkley Literature Festival, at The Pickled Egg
  • October 2014: review of Bryan and Mary Talbot event at Ilkley Literature Festival, at The Pickled Egg
  • January-September 2014: 3 articles with writing exercises at the now defunct Daily Telegraph short story club set up by Louise Doughty
  • Trade directories: a mine of information in Bodkin, the Journal of the Bradford Family History Society, June 2008
  • In praise of unoriginality in Bodkin, the Journal of the Bradford Family History Society, December 2006

Book reviews

  • April 2021: Straw Gods by Tom O’Brien, at TSS
  • July 2018: A Necessary Murder by MJ Tjia, at The Bookbag
  • October 2017: Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft, at The Bookbag
  • October 2017: We Are The End by Gonzalo C Garcia, at Disclaimer
  • October 2017: Wychwood by George Mann, at The Bookbag
  • September 2017: Ornithology by Nicholas Royle, at Disclaimer
  • May 2017: Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan, at The Bookbag
  • May 2017: None So Blind by Alis Hawkins, at The Bookbag
  • April 2017: The Ascent of Gravity by Marcus Chown, at The Bookbag
  • March 2017: New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, at The Bookbag
  • March 2017: The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil, at The Bookbag
  • February 2017: Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds, at The Bookbag
  • January 2017: To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin, at The Bookbag
  • November 2016: A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky, at The Bookbag
  • November 2016: Misadventures in the English Language by Caroline Taggart, at The Bookbag
  • October 2016: vN by Madeline Ashby, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • October 2016: The Devil’s Feast by MJ Carter, at The Bookbag
  • September 2016: The Blackbird Singularity by Matt Wilven, at The Bookbag
  • August 2016: In at the Death by Francis Duncan, at The Bookbag
  • July 2016: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • May 2016: Apothecary Melchior and the Ghost of Rataskaevu Street by Indrek Hargla, at The Bookbag
  • April 2016: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, at The Bookbag
  • April 2016: The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • April 2016: The Bursar’s Wife by EG Rodford, at The Bookbag
  • March 2016: Hester and Harriet by Hilary Spiers, at The Bookbag
  • February 2016: The Murdered Banker by Augusto De Angelis, at The Bookbag
  • January 2016: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • December 2015: The Last of the Bowmans by J Paul Henderson, at The Bookbag
  • December 2015: Nova by Samuel R Delany, at The Bookbag
  • November 2015: The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne by ML Longworth, at The Bookbag
  • October 2015: Clementine by Cherie Priest, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • September 2015: Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham, at The Bookbag
  • August 2015: Confluence by Paul McAuley, at The Bookbag
  • August 2015: Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • August 2015: The Affinity Bridge by George Mann, at The Bookbag
  • July 2015: The Artificial Anatomy of Parks by Kat Gordon, at The Bookbag
  • April 2015: The Left-Handed Hummingbird by Kate Orman, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • June 2009: From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust, at SFReader
  • June 2009: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, at SFReader
  • April 2009: Brain Wave by Poul Anderson, at SFReader
  • March 2009: Shadowmarch by Tad Williams, at SFReader
  • March 2009: City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers, at SFReader

17 comments

  1. I just finished Wasted Years and it was really good and I was hoping you’d write a sequel soon, I liked the ending but I just can’t get enough of Helena and Mathew.

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