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??
Trapped in a relationship she cannot end, Barbara has reached the end of her tether. Will she find a way out? To find out, get hold of the anthology, Significant Spaces. To buy your copy, click on the external link, or visit Amazon.
Significant Spaces, Earlyworks Press, July 2013
A poor vegetable seller is minding his shop when a mysterious dog turns up on his doorstep, setting off a train of events that requires decisive action. ‘The Map of Bihar’ deals with poverty and passion. It appears in the anthology Best New Writing 2013, and was nominated for the Eric Hoffer prize for prose 2012. To get your copy, click on the external link.
Best New Writing 2013, Hopewell Publications October 2012
In ‘Private Passions’, the lives of the residents in a Glaswegian tenement are interwoven in ways that none of them realises. This story appears in the anthology ‘Barcelona to Bihar’. To get your copy of this anthology, click here, or visit Amazon:
ISBN 978-1 906451-58-5
A poor vegetable seller is minding his shop when a mysterious dog turns up on his doorstep, setting off a train of events that requires decisive action. ‘The Map of Bihar’ deals with poverty and passion. It appears in the anthology Barcelona to Bihar. To get your copy, click on the external link or visit Amazon.
Barcelona to Bihar, Earlyworks Press, May 2012
Degsie is a cat who has a major impact in every household where he takes up residence. Hell-bent on serving his own interests, the chain of events he instigates quickly causes other people’s lives to unravel. The story provides an insight into some of the shortcomings of ‘Care in the Community’.
What people have said about Degsie
‘Darkly comic and lightly serious. Brilliant!’ – Camilla Z Nightingale, writer.
‘An unusual and captivating story, with subtle humour and a realistic atmosphere.’ – Peter Lavender, Senior Research Fellow, NIACE
‘A sobering and fascinating treatment on the themes of mutual understanding and survival in an indifferent world. I’ll be thinking about it for some time, and I’m glad I’ve read it.’ – James A. Murray
First appeared on the website of ‘The Feathered Flounder,’ Arizona, USA 2011.