I enter the A Story for Daniel writing competition every year, partly to support my friend Gaynor Jones (an amazing writer) who runs the competition and partly because the story of Daniel’s all too brief life is so touching. The competition is designed to remember Daniel and to raise awareness of blood stem cell donation … Continue reading A Story for Daniel, A Recipe to Remember
My Neverlands mosaic flash was named one of the top fifty Best British and Irish Flash Fiction (Biffy 50) 2018-19 by last year’s judges. I’m honoured to be selected as one of four judges (along with fellow flash writers, Emily Devane, Christopher Drew, and Karen Jones) for the Biffy 50 2019-2020. My “season” started at … Continue reading The Biffy 50
I’m excited and delighted to share the news that I’m now represented by Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists in Toronto, Canada. It brings me an important step closer to the dream of seeing my novel Up She Rises in print. Keep chipping away at your dreams, because some day they might just come true. Continue reading I Have an Agent!
It’s publication day for my flash fiction pamphlet ‘The Neverlands’! Huge thanks to Sarah Leavesley at V Press for selecting my manuscript for publication, creating its beautiful cover, and taking such care in the editing process. It’s been a joy to work with Sarah and V Press. I’m thrilled with the generous endorsements I received … Continue reading Publication Day !
After a brief hospitalisation, my mother passed away last year. During a grief filled autumn, I partipated in a ‘micro memoir’ writing workshop with Meg Pokrass. Unsurprisingly, I wrote a few pieces about my mom, one of which has been published by the wonderful Hippocampus Magazine, whose tag line is ‘memorable creative non-fiction.’ I’m touched … Continue reading How to Say Goodbye to Your Mother
Delighted that my micro flash ‘Pinned’ placed second in the Kanturk Arts Festival Flash Fiction competition, judged by the wonderful Irish writer Nuala O’Connor. Congratulations to winner Sean Mackel and to Michelle Walshe who placed third. All three stories can be read here. (image courtesy Kanturk Arts Festival) Continue reading ‘Pinned’ wins second place
After a massive rewrite of the manuscript, I entered my novel UP SHE RISES in the international Caledonia Novel Competition. It was first long-listed, then last month, reached the short list of six novels from over 350 entries. The final results were announced today. I didn’t win, but I’m thrilled with this feedback from literary agent Victoria Hobbs … Continue reading Up She Rises Rises Again