Sad Old Man - this story won second prize in a Writing Magazine competition. It began life as a 500 word dialogue for an exercise from an Open University short course on creative writing. The inspiration for the setting was a local second-hand bookshop run by a friend, although Doncaster Books soon evolved into a much more formal place and the bookseller was entirely fictitious.
It was published online by Writing Magazine, and can be read here and is also published in Greenacre Writers Anthology, Volume 3.
Bird Music - this flash was written when I spotted a competition that was soon closing. To my amazement it won. Read it here. Although I did check it for spelling and grammar, I should have checked one fact. My ornithologist sister told me it is swifts that scream as they fly rather than swallows. The swallows waiting on telephone wires is correct though.
Beneath the Arches - a flash fiction piece which won third prize in Words With Jam shorter story competition 2013. You can read it here. It is also published in An Earthless Melting Pot.
No Mirrors - another flash fiction began life some years back and has been reworked into about half its original length. It made the long-list of Reflex Fiction's Spring 2017 competition and can be read here. Its inspiration came from an incident many years ago that also led to the conception of the story above.
Shoebox- a small flash fiction can be found here.
Waiting - another flash fiction is here.
The Depths of Memory - the beginning of this story is based on memories of a holiday with my daughter in beautiful Kefalonia some years back. I have always said she was a mermaid in a past life because of her love for swimming in the ocean where she feels no fear. Have we lived past lives? Perhaps...
This story was published in Greenacre Writers Anthology Vol 1 (2012). Read the opening paragraphs for a taste.
Chocolate in Summer - my mother-in-law was a classical pianist who never achieved her potential but the resemblance to Margot, the mother-in-law in the story, stops there.
This story was published in Greenacre Writers Anthology Vol 2 (2013).
The opening paragraphs give a taste of the story.
The Night Father Christmas was Confused - began life as a Christmas story for a local magazine, The Greenacre Times. A slightly updated version was published on my blog for Christmas 2013. You can read it here.