I work in a prison library and alongside all usual library duties, I also run a creative writing group. I began it a couple of years ago when some of the prisoners said they'd really enjoyed a one-day poetry workshop and would appreciate the opportunity for a more regular creative outlet. As a writer and... Continue Reading →
I have a new story, Looking Back, up at Pithead Chapel. Please do read if you are so inclined. And massive thanks to those of you who have already read and tweeted and shared. Writing often feels like screaming into a void to me, so it was pretty intoxicating to get such a good response... Continue Reading →
I'm chuffed to have a flash of mine published at The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. If you'd like to you can read it here
I am a flash fiction writer, a short story writer, a lover of concise, neat, clear prose, and I am trying to write a novel. I want to complete a first draft by the end of the year; it’s a challenge I have issued myself — can you actually do this? Nobody else cares whether... Continue Reading →
My first online blogging was done via LiveJournal way back whenever. I had a small group of readers whose LJ’s I also read. We commented on each other’s posts and it all felt cosy and fun. I was a little wary about being discovered so I used a pseudonym and fake names for all the... Continue Reading →
My brother sent me an email about a twunty colleague of his and I liked some of his lines so much I took 'em and turned them into a flash which the lovely folk at The Pygmy Giant have just published. It was fun to try and write in my brother's voice and shape it into... Continue Reading →
The mighty PANK magazine has published my story "The Art of Pain" - so, obviously, I am pretty damn chuffed. Thank you, PANKY people.
I'm delighted that FRiGG Magazine have published what is (at least for now) my favourite story - "Back This Way". Massive thanks to FRiGG's editor, Ellen Parker, for just getting it. She made a few suggestions for edits which so improved the story that if I were given three wishes my first would be that... Continue Reading →
Cease, Cows looks to be a pretty nifty new journal. My ace writing pal, Tania Hershman, encouraged me to send a piece their way, and they published Cara last week. They've done a wonderful job finding an accompanying image. It's a bit different to my usual fiction, maybe even a little sci-fi-esque.
I like the Editor's note for The Ilanot Review's summer edition. They asked for submissions for a "hybrid" issue and wanted something different - work that "rejected labels." The journal is packed with good words from super smart writers like Elaine Chiew, Sarah Hilary, Jonathan Pinnock, Angela Readman and Nuala Ni Chonchuir. It's pretty damn... Continue Reading →