Books

  • Ted the Shed

    Ted the Shed

    When my Dad finally made it to the top of the allotment waiting list aged 87, he was offered an unpromising jungle of a plot. He told me I’d always dreamt of becoming an allotmenteer and a ten-year gardening adventure began, full of resentment, disappointment and potatoes large enough to appear on Google Earth. Ted…

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  • Bushmeat

    Bushmeat

    In twenty closely linked stories, Bushmeat explores an expatriate family’s two year stay in 1960’s Nigeria then moves on to explore its effect on all their lives over the next fifty years. The title story won top prize in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016, and New Welsh Rarebyte went on to publish it, together…

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  • Stretching it

    Stretching it

    At thirty-two, Jennifer Spendlove no longer wants to put her life on hold to care for her hypochondriac Mum, Alicia. A habit of telling white lies contributes to her sense of stuckness. But when she embarks on a series of dates, it becomes very difficult to be honest. And when a sex-crazed Italian hairdresser enters…

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  • Old Blue Car

    Old Blue Car

    Old Blue Car brings together 23 of my own favourite poems, all published for the first time elsewhere. The poems will take you all the way from Addingham bypass to Gumusluk beach in Turkey, via Woolley Edge Service station and Cheltenham Town Hall. If you’d like to hear the title poem, Old Honda, as performed…

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Archive

Given my 30 year career in writing and writing-related activities, there’s a long list of anthologies and magazines where my short stories and poems have appeared. There are some great names on that list: Mslexia, Comma, Stand, the Rialto, the North

I was also published in a showcase anthology with three other writers by Tindal Street Press. If you’re interested in knowing about these past publications, do get in touch via the Contact page.

My most recent anthology publications were in 2019 in the Smith/Doorstop anthology about running and in 2022 in the Candlestick Press anthology on the same theme.