Short story Early Lunch featured by Urbanista Magazine

A lonely girl sits o a bench in an autumn park

My brand new short story, Early Lunch, is featured as part of the TUWL creative writing series over at Urbanista Magazine.

Huge thanks to Elliot Jessett for asking me to be involved. He describes Early Lunch as “a beautifully rendered portrait of attraction, loneliness and intimacy in the modern age.”

You can read it here


Rush Hour nominated for #BIFFY50

rush hour
photo: Fabrizio Verrechia

My flash fiction Rush Hour, featured over at Fictive Dram in August of this year, has been nominated for the 50 Best British and Irish Flash Fiction 2018-2019 list.

The flash was nominated by Adan Lock.

Big thanks go to Adam, and editor Laura Black at Fictive Dream for their support.

You can read  Rush Hour here.


My story is on the Solstice Shorts Festival 2018 longlist

sols shorts

I have a short story longlisted for the Solstice Shorts Festival 2018.

The micro festival, which this year has the theme of noon, takes place on 21st December and will be spread across six sites – Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Ynys Mon, London and Cork.

The shortlist is announced at the end of October.

Last year my short story The Dusk Runner was chosen for the festival. It was read at the Ynys Mon and Devon sites, and published in the book to accompany the event.


I have an essay in One Song zine issue #1

I have an essay in a brand new zine.

one song

One Song carries essays from writers writing about one song that is special or resonates with them.

My own essay is about Jesse by Scott Walker, from his 2006 album Drift. The song is named after Elvis Presley’s still born twin brother; in it, I talk about how the song has preserved Presley’s legacy more appropriately than those who are officially tasked to look after it.

More info here.



Chemical Cosh short story part of Fictive Dream’s September Slam 2018

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My short story Chemical Cosh is one of seven chosen for Fictive Dream‘s September Slam 2018, between 24 and 30 September.

Chemical Cosh examines lust and longing, with a tiny bit of love thrown in for good measure, from a feminist perspective.

It is inspired in part, like all seven stories, by these sentences from short story writer, novelist and publisher, Nicholas Royle:

I met him in a faded restaurant in a small, rainy town on the main line between Brussels and Paris. There were mirrors on the walls all around the room. 

The full list of writers making up the Slam Seven are:

Helen McClory, It Seems Impossible It Could Ever Begin

Steve Carr, The Albatross

Sarah Daniels, Eat To Live

Dave Wakely, Dear Damian

Rachel Stevenson, On The Brussels Train

Cath Bore, Chemical Cosh

Adam Kotlarczyk, Farewell To Europe

The Word for Freedom: short stories of women’s suffrage

The Word for Freedom, to be published by @RetreatWest in November carries my short story The Second Brain.

word for freedom

My story revolves around issues of consent, and by the bravery of women  before and during and after #MeToo. The  ebook version is available for pre-order, paperback details to follow.

Fellow contributors include Angela Readman, Victoria Richards, Sophie Duffy, Angela Clarke, Anna Mazzola, Helen Irene Young, Karen Hamilton and more.