‘A Trowel and Trike’ has been accepted by Norfolk Library Service to form part of its project to mark the work of the suffragettes in securing the vote for women in the UK. It will be published online on 4th July 2019. The story makes reference to the work of Mary Phillips who was organiser of the Newcastle WSPU for several years from 1909. She died in 1969, having spent a lifetime as an activist agitating for women’s rights.
‘Oculus’, my story about woman’s right to self-determination, set in Iran and India, is a semifinalist in the Screencraft Cinematic Short Story Competition 2018. Whoo-ee!
This story set in the North East of England, and dealing with the issues of sexual abuse, has been selected by Cathy Galvin, a founder of the Sunday Times/EFG short story competition, for publication as part of The Word Factory’s event on Citizenship. Well pleased with that!
Whacky tale of life in the North East of England shortlisted in the The Ilkley Literature Festival short story competition 2018.
This bonkers story set in the North East of England has been longlisted in the 2018 To Hull and Back competition.
This esoteric, semi-mystical, semi-scientific story, exploring the origins and significance of Damascus steel, intertwines past and present to lead to a contemporary conclusion. Now given a special mention by Fabula Press in its Nivalis competition.
‘Washing Machine Wars’ receives a special mention in the Fabula Press Nivalis short story competition 2017.
My short story, ‘The Wrong Question’, has been accepted for online publication by ‘The Bombay Review’. The story concerns the efforts of an elderly guru to achieve enlightenment. The exact words of Samia Mehraj, the fiction editor, were: ‘A poignant and powerful piece. I can’t admire it enough.’. Thrilled! The story is scheduled to appear round about the end of February.
The tale about a day in the life of Satish, a lifeguard on one of Goa’s extensive beaches finds a home with OutofPrint online literary journal, Mumbai. Hurray!
This story, set in Iran and India, and dealing with women’s right to autonomy, has been shortlisted in the 87 Bedford competition.