My short story of this name appears in a remarkable online archive hosted by the University of East Anglia in partnership with Norfolk Library Service. The story is an abridged version of ‘Where Is Chandernagore?’ which first appeared in the online literary journal ‘Kaani’. It makes reference to the WSPU organiser, Mary Phillips, but it’s really a tribute to all of the women of the North East of England who struggled so hard to get women the vote. It’s set in 1909 at the time of Churchill’s visit to Newcastle as President of the Board of Trade. There are many other stories on the site too. Worth a visit. Free read! Comments welcome.
Published by Circaidy Gregory Press, 15th June 2019, with endorsements by writer Farrukh Dhondy and Cathy Galvin, writer and founder of the Sunday Times Short Story Award and The Word Factory. ISBN 978-1-910841-51-8. Available from the publisher:
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A story set on the Deccan plain, about a rickshaw driver and the laws of karma. This story was a finalist in the Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition 2018, and you can find in the anthology ‘Unsafe Spaces’ published by Circaidy Gregory Press, along with the work of other finalists. Available directly from the publisher.
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’.
Find it here. This is a free read!!
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.
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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!