‘The Sea in Birmingham’ anthology is now on sale!
Listen to an audio version of ‘The Last Train to Soller’ (previously published in The Spiral Path anthology). It’s narrated by Geoff Mills and is available over at SoundCloud.
‘A Pair of Ruby Cufflinks’ was a short story commissioned by West Midlands Readers Network and was developed in collaboration with Nubian Readers group at The Drum. I read an extract of the story as part of a showcase event featuring six writers in all at the Copthorne Hotel in November 2012. The event was reviewed by Sophie Todd.
A slightly adapted version of the story, now simply titled ‘Ruby Cufflinks’ will be published in a forthcoming anthology of 22 stories celebrating 30 years of Tindal Street Fiction Group. More info about the anthology The Sea in Birmingham (October 2013) is on the Facebook page.
My Happenstance prize-winning story ‘The Hills and the Fortune’ was published again in Extremus, a 2011 anthology of new writing from students and alumni of Birmingham City University’s writing course. Buy here.
My short story, ‘The Last Train to Soller’, is published in The Spiral Path anthology of new writing (2010).
You can buy the anthology from Amazon.
A memoir piece ‘Hair Wars: Growing up Frizzy in the 1970s’ is published in the Hair Power Skin Revolution anthology (2010) edited by Nicole Moore. This is a unique collection of stories, essays and poetry by black and mixed-race women.
‘The Hills and the Fortune’ won fourth prize in the 2009 Happenstance International Short Story competiton. The chapbook anthology, STORY, with all the winning entries is now available.
“The Hills and the Fortune follows a steady path with a very keen sense of pace and moment towards what becomes a near-inexorable conclusion. The shading of emotions and indecision, of things unspoken, is very well done.
The mood of teen sexuality, longing for connection and the disjuncture between hope and reality are strongly realised here. Con is, in his own way, an unexpected charmer, a pimp in the making but not a physical brute. The sadness of the girl already inured to physical abuse, confused as much by her own physical and emotional longing as by finding something to trust in Con, is subtly done. Her realisation seems a bit too clear, too soon when it comes, but the story as a whole has impressively keen handling of difficult, emotionally powerful terrain. The title doesn’t do it justice at all!”
Janice Galloway, competition judge
“…a bleak narrative but a powerful one. It stuck in my mind from the start.”
Helena Nelson, Happenstance Press
Stories in anthologies
‘The Side that He Captured’ was published in Finding a Voice: An Anthology of New Writing (2008).
‘Room Nineteen at the Montrose Club’ was selected for the anthology, Book of Numbers (2009).
‘The Man who Knew How’ was longlisted in the 2008 Happenstance International Short Story Competition.