Wednesday 17 August 2016

Monday 2 May 2016

Stirred Poetry take a poem; Paper and Ink take a story

Stirred, a feminist collective in Manchester who produce zines and put on spoken-word nights, have accepted my found poem "In Love, In Death" for publication.

So pleased to have this piece published by such a driven, forward-thinking publication.

Also this month, Paper and Ink - where I have been published before - have taken a short piece called "Dad, Marilyn, Me",

Paper and Ink is a fantastic publication, and I'm thrilled to have my work featured by them once again.

Links up on the right once the zines are available.

Sunday 10 April 2016

Ripples to be performed at Liars' League in London

Tuesday the 12th of April sees the 9th anniversary and the 100th event for Liars' League London, and my story Ripples has been chosen to feature.

Liars' League is an excellent concept and I'm thrilled to be part of the celebrations...

Unfortunately, I can't make it to the night in person.

I'll post a link to the clip of the reading when it's up .

Saturday 27 February 2016

"Worms" in Hand Job Zine

My story "Worms" has been accepted for publication in the next edition of the excellent UK-based alt lit zine Hand Job.

The link to their site, where the issue will soon be available, is on the right.

Friday 26 February 2016

"Small Fires" accepted for publication in Elbow Room Broadsheet

A new initiative at Elbow Room  - a broadsheet to be given away free to subscribers and at events  - is going to feature my poem "Small Fires". Have to wait until June or December to see it - I'll post the link to their site on the right.

Thursday 18 February 2016

The Space Beside at Negative Assets

A poem I developed from a flash piece recently has been accepted for print publication in issue 3 of Negative Assets zine. There's a link on the right to their site, where the issue will be available for purchase on release.

I enjoyed the process of cutting the flash piece, originally almost four hundred words, into a poem of about twenty short lines. It's a great exercise for learning about poetry, about words, about brevity, economy of expression, for learning about your own writing.

Tuesday 9 February 2016

"Snow" wins first prize at

My flash fiction piece "Snow" has won 1st prize, £50, in the monthly competition at The Short Story website.

Link to the story on the right.

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Almost Invisible at SickLit

A short flash of mine called Almost Invisible has been accepted for publication at up-n-coming writers' lit ezine 

I'll post a link on the right when it's up at the site (should be soon).

Thursday 31 December 2015

three poems and a story accepted at jawline, plus two at 101words

ending the year with some success - have accepted three poem for paper publication in their inaugural issue, as well as a story for their site.

more details on publication, when i'll put the links on the right.

i also recently had two very short stories published at - the link is on the right

nice to end the year with some success.

in 2016, i'm aiming for much, much more.

Sunday 27 September 2015

"How We Made the Weird Thing" published at Paper and Ink

Issue #6 of Paper and Ink literary zine is out, and it features my story "How We Made the Weird Thing"

A link to the website where you can buy a copy is on the right.

"Song" at 101words accepted a rewritten version of my short-short story, "Song"

It'll be on their site and possibly emailed out to subscribers this week.

Cool site and a really helpful editor.

I'll post the link on the right when it's up.


I've been submitting quite a lot of writing to various places, and that leads to a few rejections as well as the odd acceptance.

Synaesthesia, Structo, Hobart, Elbow Room...

The point is to accept these with good grace, look at the work again, and...

keep writing...

keep subbing.

"Giving Up Alcohol" at Talking Soup

My story "Not Drinking" now retitled "Giving up Alcohol", is up at

It's a great looking site, and the content is really strong too.

The link to the story is on the right.

Monday 7 September 2015

Highly Commended at Borderlines

My story "Wall" has been highly commended (3rd place runner-up) in the Borderlines festival, judged by writer David Gaffney, a writer I very much admire.

Friday 4 September 2015

Story shortlisted at Borderlines

The Borderlines short story competition, based in Carlisle, is judged by David Gaffney. I have a story on the shortlist...

Find out on Saturday...

"Not Drinking" Talking Soup

My story "Not Drinking" has been accepted for publication at fantastic ezine

I'll put the link on the right when the story goes up.

Wednesday 1 July 2015

"How We Made The Weird Thing" about to be published in Paper and Ink literary zine

I should have posted this earlier...

I found out recently that Paper and Ink zine had accepted a recent story of mine called "How We Made The Weird Thing"

I'm  really pleased to have a paper-publication's been a little while since I saw my words on the page not the screen.

I'll link on the right when the zine comes out later this month.

Three poems at Underground Books

I'm thrilled to have three of my poems featured at undergroundbooks, an inspirational alternative literature website...

The featured poems are 'I Will Not Stop Until I Have Written Everything I Know" "St. Michael's Maternity Ward, Alone" and "summit embraced"

The link is on the right.

Tuesday 30 June 2015

'Graveyard' up at The Lake

The link is in the box on the right to my poem 'Graveyard' at quality poetry e-journal The Lake

Thrilled to get this poem published.

Friday 12 June 2015

'Graveyard' accepted for publication by The Lake

A poem of mine called 'Graveyard' has been accepted by The Lake poetry ezine.

It'll' be on the July edition of the site.

I'll link on the right when its on-line.

I also received another very pleasant rejection, this time from Vine Leaves - a cool site, and I'll be submitting work to them again.

Saturday 6 June 2015

'Angels' performed at Liars' League Hong Kong; twitter, near miss

Once again, I should have posted this earlier...but 'Angels' was performed in Hong Kong at a Liars' League event last month.

If there's a video of the performance uploaded, I'll link to it on the right.

Also, I jumped on board the good ship twitter this evening...


Also, I had a rejection - but a lovely one (only the lovely ones get a mention) from Synaesthesia magazine

Been writing and subbing a lot this last I'm expecting lots more rejections (and hopefully the odd acceptance) over the coming weeks...

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Two small poetry successes

I should have posted this earlier...

A poem called 'Brothers' was the featured poem for February at poetry website Fiddles and Scribbles - the link is in the box on the right.

Also, a poem called 'Apple White' made the long-list in a big competition at

I'm enjoying trying to write poetry.

 A really different process to my usual short fiction, and very challenging.

Monday 1 December 2014

'Song' shorltisted at Fylde Brighter Writers

A flash (credited to my female alter-ego Jenny Jackson) called 'Song' made the shortlist at Fylde Brighter Writers competition.

I took a break from writing for November, so it's good to come back to a (small) success.

'Climbing' published online.

'Climbing', a shortlisted story at the Room To Write 2014 competition is published on line here.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Publication for shortlisted "Climbing"

It seems that all of the shortlisted stories from the recent Room to Write competition are to be published, initially online, with a view to print publication at a later date.

It'll be good to see the story published, in whatever form.