Published Fiction

2017

RAINBOW LAUGHTER  

A third collection of prize-winning stories

A long-forgotten actress sits in the park, feeding the birds.

A boy, eighteen today, carries a bundle of broken dreams beside a city river.

A woman lies on her back and gazes at the starry Exmoor sky.

Wrong place? Wrong time? And yet…

                           …hope can come from unlikely sources.

ISBN 9781548446567

Available from the Amazon bookstore

Ten things I can tell you about Abraham Lincoln

1 He was the sixteenth president of the United States. Mrs Slater looks out of the window she she talks about him. As if he might be up there in the clouds somewhere, his face serious.

3rd prize in the Retreat West short story competition

A Retreat West Books Publication

A Set of Flying Ducks

Flash of the day (scheduled for 24/06/17) at www.spelkfiction.com

The Lavender Fields

Miss Swanson’s Dog

Both published by, and for online purchase at, www.alfiedog.com

2016

Martha

Flash of the day (28/09/16) at www.spelkfiction.com

CLOUD PAINTINGSCloud Paintings - small

Facing life’s challenges

A collection of prize-winning short stories

ISBN 9781534626973

Available from the Amazon bookstore

 

 

 

A GIFT FROM THE HORSE CHESTNUT TREEA Gift From The Horse Chestnut Tree - small

Sometimes love hurts

A second collection of prize-winning short stories

ISBN 978153462636

Available from the Amazon bookstore

 

 

 

 

My Sister

Flash of the day (10/06/16) at www.spelkfiction.com

2015

The Master Builder; The Cake Stall; A Scottish Summertide-and-time

Tide and Time (Second anthology of the Plymouth Writers’ Group)

 

Lorna

Bill was eating a raspberry ripple when his wife died. rhyme-amp-reason[2]

A story on the theme of ‘Remembrance’

1st prize in the 2014 Remembrance Writing Competition

2016 Rhythm and Hues Desk Diary

 

The Remarkable Mrs Froggett

An unusual friendship between a young man and the remarkable Mrs Froggett

Commended in the 2015 Rhythm and Hues Writing Competition

2016 Rhythm and Hues Desk Diary

Sunday Mornings in the Park

There’s always something going on in the park, but does the old lady have to verbalise everything she sees?

2016 Rhythm and Hues Desk Diary

Dear Marcus

A man tries to write a letter to some-one who caused his daughter’s death. In doing so he learns more about himself.

1st prize  Swanwick Writers’ Summer School short story competition

Writing Magazine’s Competition Special (October 2015)

Mr Wacker’s Bridge

The boy walks, one foot in front of the other. No-where to go. Eighteen years old today, and all he gets is complaints and criticism. They call him Teddy at home and he hates it. They call him Edward at school and he hates that too. He stares at the pavement; the chewing gum, the pigeon droppings, the rubbish. They just about sum up his life.

3rd prize Chudleigh Phoenix short story competition

www.chudleighphoenix.co.uk/2015comp.html

2014

How to be a Cornish Genius

Petroc Tremayne. Intelligent, smart, aspiring genius. Well, he would be if he had a few more brains and he didn’t have to worry about the fox getting his chickens, and then there’s his dear old Gran… I mean, what chance has he got?

1st prize Cornish Gorsedh short story competition (unpublished)

2nd prize Alfie Dog International Short Story Competition

For online purchase at www.alfiedog.com

Lorna

1st Prize in the Remembrance Writing Competition. img039

Remembrance 2015 desk diary, (Rennie Grove Hospice Care). Unfortunately, due to an editorial error, the last 63 words of my story are missing. I have received an apology and ‘Lorna’ is to be reproduced in full in the 2016 Rhyme and Reason Diary.

Miss Swanson’s Dog  cover

1st prize in the Miracle E-zine and What the Dickens Magazine

http://shop.wtd-magazine.com/spooky-tales

The Gardener  

2nd prize Writers’ News  Published online at www.writers-online.co.uk

The Tightrope Walker img026

On 23rd June 2013 Nik Wallenda crossed the Little Colorado River Gorge in the Grand Canyon on a high wire.
My life is more treacherous than his. Every day I walk my own tightrope……

Runner up Greenacre Writers competition

Greenacre Writers Anthology 3

The Last Rays  img021

3rd prize mags4dorset 2013 Creative Writing Awards

4dorset magazine (April 2014 edition)

The Mini-beast Project

1st prize Society of Civil and Public Service Writers 2013 open competition

http://www.scpsw.co.uk/author-online.php (Author – Spring 2014 edition no 205)

 

Ypres 1915; The Number Seven Bus; War and other piecesThe Man at the Allotments

War and Other Pieces (First anthology of the Plymouth Writers’ Group)

2013

CARER, CLEANER, WRITER, SPY…..img006

1st prize Association of Christian Writers competition. Subject ‘A day in the life of a writer’.

Christian Writer (Summer 2013 edition)

A Hole in the Sky

2nd prize Ifanca Hélène James   infancahelenejames.wordpress.com

A Bit of Peace and Quiet  

2nd prize Writers’ News  www.writers-online.co.uk

School is for Boysimg022

A girl in Britain may love school and dream of being a doctor. But for Rashmina in Nepal, life is not quite so straightforward.

 

3rd prize Hysteria (the Hysterectomy Association)

Hysteria 2 (Short Story Anthology)

A City Boy’s List 

3rd prize Porlock Arts Festival   www.porlockfestival.org

The Man at the Allotments

3rd prize Writers reign   www.writersreign.co.uk

Leaving it all Behind 

www.chorleywriters.org.uk (AWAREOnline magazine of the Chorley and District Writers’ Circle)

The Lavender Fields

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Rain beats down on the old shed roof, and it’s the sound of a thousand hard peas poured from a bucket. Ben used to love the rain, the exuberance of it.

Runner up Belper Short Story competition

Belper Arts Festival Anthology

A Perfect Worldimg026

Thomas has a perfect job and and a perfect family, so why is he dreading this visit so much? And is there anything he can do improve his relationship with her before it’s too late?

 

1st prize Greenacre Writers 2012 short story competition

Greenacre Writers Anthology 2 and online at http://greenacrewriters.blogspot.co.uk (Dec 2012)

A gift from the horse chestnut treeimg028  

 

There’s not much Davy’s teacher can tell Kylie that she doesn’t know already. It’s parents’ evening, just before half term, timed to reassure the adults that their child is settling well.

 

But Davy isn’t settling, and his Mum Kylie wants to help him so much. But is she the one who really needs the help?

 

1st prize National Association of Writers Groups 2012 open competition

The Write Path, the 2013 anthology of the National Association of Writers’ Groups, and online at http://www.nawg.co.uk/category/competitions/

 2012

Beast City

1st prize in Swanwick Short Story for Children competition

Writing Magazine Competition Special, and on the Swanwick website

The boy who was Orson Cartimg042

1st prize Writers’ News

Writers’ News July 2012, and online at www. writers-online.co.uk

Autumn Term  

2nd prize Writers’ News  www.writers-online.co.uk

Comfort Foodimg031

2nd prize, short story section Onward Writing  Awards

Onward Writing Anthology 2012 (Theatre Royal Hyde)img033

 

Shoot  (short story)

Summer Jazz (short story)

A Scottish Summer (poem)

Seasons 2013 Desk Diary (published by Iain Rennie Hospice at Home)

 Earlier publications:

 Shoes (1st prize, 2011) Town and Village magazine (later renamed 4dorset)

The Sign (1st prize, 2011) Speakeasy websiteimg044

Stargazing (1st prize, 2011) Writers Reign website

Feeding the Birds (1st prize,2011, Hampshire Chronicle)

Rainbow Laughter (2nd prize, 2011) New Eastbourne Writers website

The Portrait (2nd prize, 2011) Writers’ News website

The Number Seven Bus (2nd priz, 2011) Rhyme and Reason Diary 2012

The Next Instalment (3rd prize, 2011) ACW websiteimg045

 Dancing for Marigold (runner up, 2011) Theatre Onward Anthology 2

Second Chance (2nd prize,2010)  Speakeasy website

The Cake Stall (2nd prize, 2009 HE Bates competition) Published in Beauty in the Bog, an anthology of the Northampton Writers’ groupimg046

Story Time (runner up, 2009 Legend Writing Awards, Hastings Writers) Published in  Six of the Best

African Sanctus (1st prize, 2008 +edition of Town and Village magazine

Out of the Apple Tree (1st prize, 2005 Woman & Home short story competition. Published in Woman & Home, Nov 2005img008img001

 

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Also published  in The Sunday Night Book Club, 2006 (collection of short stories, Random House Group, Ltd) and New Books, Sept/Oct 2006

 

 

 

 

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