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I write about things that interest me

Wooden Heart

I spent years writing stories on trains and it certainly seeped into my work. Here’s another from last year……. Heat made the rails wobble as they stretched into the distance. He tottered along the platform, switching his briefcase from palm … Continue reading

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Longlisted, Commonwealth Writers’ short story prize 2018

Not the best week really, but a brighter spot today with a longlisting in the Commonwealth Writers’ (CW) short story prize. Having devoted so much time to drafts of longer, novel-length work in the last 3-4 years it was great … Continue reading

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New Life – a short story

Cancelled. I stood in the middle of the almost empty concourse, staring up at the displays, praying it was some sort of mistake. I dropped my case onto the marble tiles. I was tired and sweaty and my shins ached … Continue reading

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Wrench – a crime story

Emma had begged and pleaded and left little sticky notes on the cooker hood and pinned to the cork board above the sink. She’d left catalogues open at the right page on the kitchen table and printouts folded and stuffed … Continue reading

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Shug – a short story

He was spiking soggy leaves in the quadrangle, stalking them as they blew in spirals, stooped against the bitter wind. Miss Shanks watched him wince and rub at the base of his spine as she sipped her tea. He reminded … Continue reading

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Fool’s Gold – a short story

Not the brilliant Stone Roses’ track, but a short story… Friday: ‘Any better suggestions?’ Carol said nothing. He gripped the wheel, digging his fingernails into the soft leather leaving a cluster of half-moon impressions. He jabbed the button on the … Continue reading

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Mrs Rochester’s Attic – short story anthology

I’ve been away from this blog for a while (busy working on a draft) but I’m delighted that one of my short stories, Pigeon Holes, will be appearing in an anthology called Mrs Rochester’s Attic. More about this publication from … Continue reading

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