Category Archives: Short Stories

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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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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My short story Lye Noon available to listen to here….

                      I’ve never had my work performed by an actor so what a great experience to listen to Jack Trow reading my story Lye Noon. You can listen to it … Continue reading

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‘A Little Love’ wins Cardiff Review short story award 2016

I had the great news earlier this month that my short story ‘A Little Love’ has won the Cardiff Review short story award. There’s an excerpt of the story here and a full version in the Fall edition of the … Continue reading

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Out to Pasture

I’m playing hooky, skiving, swinging the lead, whatever you want to call it. The sky is black and a stiff wind is getting up, sending frothing waves crashing into the shore. Blobs of foam drift over my head and I … Continue reading

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