About me

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I’m a writer of short stories and novels. I’ve just completed my second novel, A Thousand Grains, and I was thrilled when it was shortlisted in the Louise Walters Books Page 100 Competition. The novel is now out on submission.

My short fiction has been published by The Mechanics’ Institute Review, Cinnamon Press, Mslexia, the Momaya Annual Review, Hysteria 2, and shortlisted for Fish and Bridport. Recent work has been highly commended in the Manchester Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Exeter Short Story Prize. I’m delighted to have a piece of non-fiction – my first – in the new anthology 100 Voices (Unbound, 2022), edited by Miranda Roszkowski.

When I venture into the real world, I run creative writing workshops for GCSE and A level students. Their enthusiasm and imagination is endlessly inspiring. And it’s as thrilling as being published to read, on students’ feedback, that they found the sessions  ‘very useful and enjoyable’, and ‘felt able to let go’.

One of my favourite quotes about writing is from The Faith of a Writer, by Joyce Carol Oates. ‘Only have faith,’ she says. ‘The first sentence can’t be written until the last sentence has been written. Only then do you know where you’ve been going, and where you’ve been.’