A list of short story publications (and some poems). For longer stories, please see the ‘Books‘ page
27/11/22 – Three stories have been included in the Black Pear Press, Flash Fiction Anthology 2022. The stories were selected from the entries to the Worcestershire Litfest Flash Fiction competition, 2022.
22/06/22 – Really pleased to be included in a very special anthology named Human Writes. Focused on the theme of Human Rights, the poems in the collection were chosen by former Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Ade Couper, alongside Amnesty Worcester and have been published by Black Pear Press.
08/05/22 – Lovely to receive the Bag of Bones ‘Annus Horribilis’ anthology today that includes the short-listed entries to a recent competition.
My story, The Transformation, is a young adult story set in a Dystopian 2022
12/03/22 & 19/03/22 – The Worcester Competitive Arts Festival was amazing to be involved with. I was steward, event photographer, adjudicator for the Young Writer competition and then received Highly Commended in the Poetry Competition.
Most importantly, the performances by the young people (and the not so young!) were amazing
03/03/22 – A lovely surprise for world book day – a story I’d written is included in an anthology that is Number 1 in the Amazon Charts for Horror Anthologies – hurrah!
10/02/22 – The Curse of the Krampus and a story about a shadow of a giant rabbit are highly commended and published in the January Glittery Literary anthology
08/10/21 – The Seventh Story, a children’s story that focuses on the concept of the Seven Stories is awarded second place in the Glittery Literary Cherished Children’s Story Competition
As well as being published in the competition anthology, it is available to read on the Glittery Literary website.
08/10/21 – The Mayfly on the Western Front, a story that references the short life of a Mayfly and the fragile existence of a soldier in WWI, is published in the Glittery Literary Anthology THREE after being ‘Highly Commended’.
24/09/21 – Great to have 3 x stories in the Litfest Flash Fiction Anthology. The titles of the stories included are ‘The Biography’, ‘The Snorting Rhinocerus’ and ‘The Investment’
19/07/21 – Thank you to Glittery Literary for publishing 2 x ‘Highly Commended’ stories in the June Anthology. ‘The Immortal’ told of a pact with the Mountain King. ‘Open Wounds’ focussed on a self-harming adult, abused as a child, who was seeking peace in later life
05/12/2020 – Three photos and a poem (hurrah!) in the REME Charity 2021 calendar as organised by Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Leena Batchelor. Thank you – it is lovely to be included!
1/12/2020 – ‘The Voices Inside’ is selected and published in the Worcester Litfest 2020 Flash Fiction, competition anthology
12/10/2020 – A poem and three photos published in an anthology focussed on words and accompanying images in support of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
05/08/2020 – A poem entitled ‘The Cathedral Reclaimed’ is published as part of an anthology about Worcester Cathedral. The poem focussed on the spirits of King John, King Charles and Prince Arthur returning to the cathedral during the enforced lull of the Coronavirus
07/02/20 – One from my degree days, an electronic edition that focusses on the theme of Didactic Writing and the work of Charlotte Palmer (1762-1834), an eighteenth-century school teacher and author
1/12/19 – ‘The Promise’ (shortlisted and placed fourth) and ‘The Takeaway’ are selected and published in the Worcester Litfest 2019 Flash Fiction anthology
17/07/19 – A book of short stories, all of which have been previously published/been awarded highly commended or above in competitions. The anthology includes a mixture of comedy, realism and fantasy and is guaranteed to create a SPLASH!
Front cover by Seraphim Bryant
First publication of 2019 – hurrah! A children’s story about mischievous Elves, and entitled ‘One December Night’, is published on the ’42’ Worcester Website, January 2019
‘View from the Churchyard’, a story that includes an illustration by my father-in-law Robert Edwards who once loved to paint, is published in the final WWI pamphlet instigated by the Big Ideas Project, December 2018
St Peter’s Church, Birstall, by Robert Edwards
‘The Missing Guest’, is published in the Worcester Lit Fest, Flash Fiction anthology Sacrifice, November 2018
‘The Investigation’ – a vampire story, is commended then published in Graffiti Magazine, Issue 23, September 2018
‘Stretcher Bearer’, a story based on the tireless work carried out by conscientious objectors, (in this case, a Quaker), in WWI is published as part of the Big Ideas project, August, 2018
‘Felix, the Course Rep’ is published by the wondrous and nationally shortlisted Worcester Students’ Union, July 2018. It is based on my experience of attending a Course Management Committee Meeting
4 x case studies involving University students are accepted and published as a means to promote the colleges they attended and the courses they have undertaken at the University of Worcester, July 2018
A great way to finish student life at University – 2 x stories ‘The Photograph’ (previously awarded Runner-up in the Leominster Festival Short Story Competition, 2016) and ‘An Odd Encounter’ – published in The Sabrina Magazine, May 2018
A research credit alongside fellow students; Margaret Adkins, Jennifer Braithwaite, Rosemarie Miller and Michael Wheatley in the University of Worcester publication, March 2018
‘The Biggest Issue’, a Christmas story of a man offering a Big Issue salesman the chance of a coffee on a biting-cold December day is ‘Commended’ then published in Graffiti Magazine, Issue 22, March 2018
‘School Trip’ a story about an expedition that went awry is published in the Worcester Lit Fest, Flash Fiction anthology Wired, November 2017
‘Where’s Your Bloody God Now?’ a story about the fantastic, but often overlooked work of Chaplains in WWI, is included in an anthology published by Black Pear Press as part of the Big Ideas Company Living Memory Project. November 2017.
‘Caught Out’ a story about a man who gets caught out (funnily enough) was selected to be published in the Kishboo anthology Paws for Thought in May 2017.
‘Butterfingers’ a revenge story & ‘Filled with Joy’ a tale about a man who becomes, literally, filled with Joy are included in an anthology of selected competition entries from the Worcester Literary Festival, November 2016 (a reading of Filled With Joy can be seen on the Blog page)
‘Dance Night’ a story based on a Golden Wedding was included in an anthology called On The Day of The Dead after being longlisted in the Black Pear Press Short Story Competition, November 2016
‘The 1/8th (Territorial) Battalion – 1st July 1916’ a story about a soldier in the Worcester Regiment on The Somme and included in an anthology Remembering The Somme, written by members of Worcester Writers’ Circle in November 2016.
‘Lottie Littlecup’ a story aimed at a younger audience and published by The University of Worcester in the Sabrina, Spring edition, April 2016
‘Pooh Sticks and Rainbows’ is a story about the effects of growing up in the environment of foster care. It gained first place in the Kishboo short story competition in March 2016 and was published on the website (please see Short Stories page for the complete text)
‘The Return’ a story based during the First World War and published by The University of Worcester in the Sabrina, Winter edition, December 2015
‘The Landscape Painter’ – about a man who paints the landscape, literally, and published in the University of Worcester’s online magazine, The Voice, November 2015
‘The Chair’ – about a man who attempts to cheat another out of a valuable chair and published in the University of Worcester’s online magazine, The Voice, November 2015
‘Black & White’ in A Stash of Flashes – based in Soweto in 1990 and published in an anthology of selected competition entries from the Worcester Literary Festival, November 2015
‘The Friend Request’ is a story about a member of the RAF fighting in the Gulf War who deliberates over a friend request a number of years later and was shortlisted, then published by Kishboo online magazine in October 2015
‘Jogger in the Park’ – a story about a deluded stalker – shortlisted and then published by Black Pear Press, January 2015
‘Running Away’ a man retraces his footsteps back to a difficult period during his childhood. It is a story that won first prize in the Erewash National Short Story competition in November 2014 (please see the Short Stories page for the complete text)
‘Magic Or Deception’ in Fifty Flashes of Fiction – a story about a magician and included in an anthology of selected competition entries from the Worcester Literary Festival, November 2014
‘Boudicca’s Final Battle’ a thirteen-year-old boy experiences the annihilation of the Iceni Tribe by the Roman Army under General Paulinus. It was shortlisted in the Writing the Past competition and published in Graffiti Magazine, August 2014 (please see the Short Stories page for the complete text)
‘The Briefcase’ is about a briefcase that stops time when the lid is opened. It was highly commended in the Magic in Mind competition and published in Graffiti Magazine, March 2014 (please see the Short Stories page for the complete text)
‘Sanity Check’ in Flashes of Fiction – a moment of calm at an airport security desk and included in an anthology of selected competition entries from the Worcester Literary Festival, January 2014
‘A Bucketful of Fish’, ‘The Decision’ & ‘The Werewolf’s Curse’ published in the Short Stories from Black Pear anthology, December 2013
‘The Suitcase’ in You Can’t be serious – a story about a dog in a suitcase and published in an anthology of stories written by Worcester Writers’ Circle, June 2013
‘An Embarrassing Moment’ in The Unbroken Circle – based during a best man’s speech and included in an anthology of stories written by Worcester Writers’ Circle, in June 2011