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Alzheimer’s story at Literary Mama

‘A Winding Silver Path’ was ‘shortlisted’ (‘longlisted’ really) for the Asham Award but renamed and rewritten. It is a story about a family living with a mother/grandmother whose identity is slowly being eroded by Alzheimer’s. It shows their best efforts: how they try to help and try to cope but, in spite of their altruism and good intentions, […]

2nd Place in Yellow Room

I returned from a trip to Ghent to discover that my story, ‘Sleeping with Bees’ gained 2nd place in The Yellow Room’s 1500 word Autumn Short Story Competition. What good news! I’ve bought a bottle of cherry brandy to celebrate. Salut! Sophie Duffy, the judge, said that the story was very well written but that she […]

Useful Writing Sites

A great collection of travel writing sites that pay for work. Definitely worth looking into. Travel Writing. If you’re looking for a lit mag that might suit your work, you might take a look at the calls for submissions published by New Pages. Plenty of obscure names but it is kept very up-to-date. The Guardian has […]

Story on Mslexia Shortlist

I am thrilled that I have a story on the 2012 Mslexia Short Story Competition shortlist from over 2,000 entries. Tessa Hadley, the judge, found herself leaning towards stories that were ‘centered in one place, in one moment’; a preference that this particular story certainly did not conform to (most of the dramatic action is in flashback) but I thought it a risk worth […]

The Chair is published

‘The Chair’ was ‘shortlisted’ for the Asham Award but has remained unpublished until now. I am really pleased that it will appear in the debut issue of Cigale Literary Magazine. It is the story of a chance meeting between two people who would not normally expect to connect, and about making choices; about how we never […]

Three Dark Steps and the Parrot is published

Read my story ‘Three Dark Steps and the Parrot’ in the wonderful Medulla Review. It is about a woman whose reality is gradually being eroded and she finds herself changing into a parrot. I hope you enjoy it. Here’s the link:


March 12th 2013: Had a great time at Liars’ League in London. The brilliant actor, Carrie Cohen, gave her all to ‘The Glorious Dolores’ . Free drinks too! What more could one wish for. March 1st 2013: Great news!! Liars’ League have accepted my story, ‘The Glorious Dolores’. It’s to be performed on March 12th […]

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