New story online at Short Fiction Journal

Thanks to Short Fiction Journal for making my story 'A Punch To The Heart' available to read online via the SFJ website, alongside some pretty funky artwork by Rachel Brown-Duthie. The story was a prize winner in 2017's Short Fiction Journal contest. Short Fiction Journal has published many renowned writers over past few years including Alison [...]

The other end of the telescope – a dozen ways to guarantee rejection

Last year I was invited by Shaun Levin, the creative force behind Writing Maps ( to become co-Editor of The A3 Review, a biannual arts magazine that unfolds like a map. It publishes micro-fiction, poetry, artwork and creative non-fiction via themed monthly contests and has variously been described (by reviewers and contributors) as ‘cool’, ‘brilliant’ [...]

An Evening Of Short Fiction

So, this should be fun. I've been asked to be the main guest speaker at Novel Nights on June 19th at the Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol.  Novel Nights is a regular live literary event showcasing and supporting excellent writing and authors at all stages of their career. I will be talking about how writing and [...]

Flash fiction, Bath and utter filth

I was part of a fun evening of flash fiction readings in Bath last week. It was a packed house, an excellent atmosphere and brought home to me how good this type of fiction is for reading events. Literary festival organisers should take note - flash works! The event was organised by Jude Higgins, who [...]