A story about sexual abuse and its effects, set in the North East of England. There’s a strong flavour of the Sixties in this story. Selected by Cathy Galvin, co-founder of the Sunday Times/EFG short story competition for the website of ‘The Word Factory’.
Vikram, Julie and their teenage son make their first trip to India together to visit Vikram’s family. Nobody can quite fathom the etiquette of this situation though, and when an old man turns up outside the family home and sits there endlessly, this triggers all kinds of cultural collisions and misunderstandings. Published by the Indian Review. This is a free read!!
The year is 1909, and women in the UK are actively seeking the vote, opposed by a certain Mr. Churchill. One young woman in the the North East of England finds herself caught up in the turmoil. Published in India by Kaani literary journal. This is a free read!
In Scotland’s capital city, Lyndsey is at an emotional low, as she struggles to keep her relationship with her dissolute boyfriend, Den, going. The something happens that has the potential to change their lives. Meanwhile, round the corner, events that have significance for the nation are unfolding. What connection might there be between these events? This story appears in the anthology, ‘The Sorcery of Smog’, published by Earlyworks Press.
A look-out sits guarding the beach in a resort on Goa’s extensive and idyllic coastline. The contrast between the affluence of the unruly and self-indulgent tourists and his own impoverished situation begins to make itself felt. To divert himself, he plays computer games on his cell phone. As the heat rises, events begin to spiral out of control, until he is faced with a difficult moral choice he cannot avoid.
This story appears online in three Indian literary journals: Out of Print literary magazine, the Indian Review and Joao Roque. You can find it here. This is a free read!
People from all over the world are gathering at an ashram in India to celebrate the birthday of their elderly guru. Each one is seeks some great transformative experience, which they hope the guru can endow. But the guru is having problems of his own. This story was first published in the Bombay Review. This is a free read!
It’s the 1980s. Punjab, India. Tensions are running high. Not just because of the impending monsoon, but because of the escalating unrest between Sikhs and Hindus. Meanwhile, teenager Anju, cooped up in her parents’ house and desperate for escape, has her own preoccupations…
Online publication in the ‘Bombay Literary Magazine’. This is a free read!
Appears in an Earlyworks Press anthology called ‘The Ball of the Future’. Deals with the desperate struggle of a little lad placed in a children’s home out in the Highlands of Scotland to be reunited in the big city. Available from Earlyworks Press and from Amazon.
This story was a runner-up in the London Short Story competition 2014. It’s set in a major, publicly-funded gallery, and features the hard-pressed Patti who finds that her job as a gallery attendant falls far short of what she hoped it would be. Eventually, as tensions rise, Patti finds she has to take matters into her own hands. Published by Flight Press and available from Amazon.
A short and violent response to a visual image provided by ‘Visual Verse’. It’s an idyllic summer’s day out in the countryside. But someone is busy in the cornfields, intent on a plan that is less than wholesome. What are they up to??