Here’s a list of my short stories. Some have been reworked for secondary publication and I’ve included links to buy where available. Some of the older anthologies are out of print, I suspect, but if you are desperate to read a particular story of mine then drop me a line and I may be able to send you a copy by email.
‘The Last Train to Soller’ republished in What Haunts the Heart anthology (Mantle Arts, 2016)
‘Ruby Cufflinks’ in The Sea in Birmingham (2013), an anthology of 22 stories celebrating 30 years of Tindal Street Fiction Group.
(Originally commissioned by West Midlands Readers Network and developed in collaboration with Nubian Readers group at The Drum.)
‘The Hills and the Fortune’ republished in Extremus anthology (2011)
Buy standalone e-version here. (All proceeds to the charity, Refuge.)
‘The Last Train to Soller’, in The Spiral Path anthology of new writing (2010) edited by Rhian Dent, Kate Mascarenhas and Emma Whittle.
Audio version narrated by Geoff Mills here
‘Hair Wars: Growing up Frizzy in the 1970s’ in 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’ in Story chapbook anthology (Happenstance Press, 2009)
(Won fourth prize in the 2009 Happenstance International Short Story competition.)
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
‘Room Nineteen at the Montrose Club’ in Book of Numbers anthology (2009)
‘The Side that He Captured’ in Finding a Voice: An Anthology of New Writing (2008)
‘The Man who Knew How’ (Longlisted in the 2008 Happenstance International Short Story Competition.)