Another great event


Last week I was in Middlesbrough for the Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition Awards Ceremony. It was a lovely event – a real celebration of people being able to get together to enjoy writing and, of course, reading.

As ever I was impressed by the kindness and enthusiasm of the library service and staff and the drive of those who bring Book Festivals to life.

Congratulations to the winners and commended writers who, along with all of us who were shortlisted, will see their work in ‘Crossing the Tees – the fifth short story anthology’.

I’m not sure the photo below has all the writers who attended in it, but at least it’s a taste of the evening!

Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition


I am delighted to be shortlisted in the Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition. There’s an Awards evening in April where the winners will be announced and where the Competition Anthology, featuring all the shortlisted stories, will be launched.

Crossing the Tees Book Festival (11-17 June) is supported by funding from Arts Council England and brought to you by Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington and Redcar & Cleveland Library Services. You can find the website here.

Fantastic Flash Bash


I had a fantastic time at the Flash Bash at the Scottish Arts Club on February 19th to celebrate the 2022 Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction. Many thanks to all those involved in the reading, judging and organising of the event. It really was a special evening and meeting all the other shortlisted writers and getting to hear them read their work was lovely. I think the photo below will give you a good idea of what a cheery evening it was.


Congratulations to Gail Anderson for her winning story, ‘A Letter from the Home Office’. You can read it, and all the other shortlisted pieces by following the link below. They will be on this link until the 31st March and after that will appear in the competition’s Anthology.

My story ‘Forked Tongue’ received a Commendation (I have to keep checking that word to make sure I haven’t typed ‘Condemnation’) and is one of the stories discussed by judge Zoe Strachan in the you tube video which you’ll also find on this link.