One day in the murky past, I picked up a pen and scrawled that pen across some paper. I decided I wanted to be a writer. And now I am a writer. Sort of. My short fiction has appeared in Bending Genres, Craft Literary, FlashBack Fiction, Fictive Dream, Lunate Fiction, Spelk, Splonk, Storgy, and The Cabinet of Heed; and I've been listed in the Bath, Flash 500, Reflex Press and Retreat West flash fiction competitions. I've worked as an Editor at Lucent Dreaming and I currently run the Betas & Bludgers writing groups. I also facilitate writing workshops and offer my services as a freelance editor. And my writerly ambition doesn't stop there since I have dreams of seeing my name on the bookshelves of Waterstones (and possibly other bookshops too). So I'm writing a novel. It's taking a long time.
Having trained and worked as a teacher, spent time living in France and Zimbabwe, excelled at playing sport badly and played at excelling in being a Jack of all trades, I should never be short of things to write about. I have a love of language (which is a handy thing for a writer) and am capable of dreaming big dreams (even if they often get in the way of a restful night's sleep). I am in touch with my inner child. He wants a bucket full of chocolate ice cream. Unfortunately for him, though, chocolate ice cream is currently off the menu. Instead, he'll have to put up with the power of stories to satisfy his sweet tooth.
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Leicester Writes Long List
Lovely to be on the long list for the Leicester Writes short story competition. It's still being judged so my title is currently anonymous. Fingers crossed for the short list and looking forward to reading the anthology at the end of the year.
Retreat West Winner!
Delighted to have won Retreat West's quarterly themed flash fiction competition with my story "It was the Horse that Killed Her". Thrilled with the judge's comments which you can read here along with the story itself:
Really happy to have come third in the
Green Stories Flash Fiction competition with my piece "How to Re-Fill an Invisible Balloon". A recording of my story will be released on National Flash Fiction day.