I have been writing for many years, mostly short stories. My collection ‘Cello and Other Stories’ was published by Pewter Rose Press in 2008. These eight stories focus on the theme of old age, as perceived directly by those at the end of their lives, and indirectly by their families and others around them. The second collection, ‘November Wedding’ was published in 2012 also by Pewter Rose. ‘A Change of Direction’, published in 2019 with Mantle Lane Press describes how several very different individuals manage to deal with loss and trauma and find a way forward.
One of my stories, The Indus Seals’ won second prize in the Exeter Short Story Competition in 2016, and another, ‘Shells’, won the Society of Authors Tom-Gallon award in 2017. Other stories have been published in the Southwell Folio and other local magazines or anthologies. I am currently working on another collection of stories, and a short novel.
I completed the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University in 2006, and am a member of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio and the Society of Authors.