Writer • Playwright • Writing Events
I'm delighted that the lovely Fairlight Books are publishing my story The Winter Egg on their website at Easter. The story is about the female designer of one of Faberge's Imperial Easter eggs, and was inspired by my recent trip to St Petersburg. Fairlight Books published my story Touching The Sun on their short story portal in the summer, and they have selected it to be included in their anthology 'Best of Fairlight Shorts' which will be published next year.
In very exciting news, I have been shortlisted by Greedy Ear to develop a theatre-in-the-dark sound play. More news on this soon. Also, The Goats Theatre Company will be recording my play Reputation soon, and it will be available to listen to one their podcast.
Workshops: I have scheduled my creative writing workshops for the autumn. Have a look at what I've got planned here - get in touch if you'd like to come along.
Events: I've got lots of story events coming up, in Bath, in Bristol and in Southstoke! Check out dates and places here.
I seem to be on a bit of a story roll at the moment. I am a finalist in the Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Awards, winners announced in December. My story A Long Way From Home was played on Adam Crowther's show on BBC Radio Bristol in October. It was a bit fab to hear my voice coming out of a real radio. I was delighted that A Long Way From Home also won the Frome Short Story Competition, and in a double whammy I got the local writer's prize too! Huge thanks to the organisers and to wonderful judge Tyler Keevil. I was invited to read my winning story on Frome FM. The recording is now available on the Frome Writers' Collective's website or here.
Elsewhere, Storgy Magazine have published The Interview, one of my favs, in their latest magazine (and they said I was a 'gifted story-teller' - little dance of delight!). Blue Nib published A Long Way Home on their website in September. I was also very pleased to win third prize in this year's Yeovil Short Story competition.
My story Swimming Away was in the July issue of the uber-cool Barren Magazine. My story The Clown was published by Fictive Dream in May, such a chic website hosting some fabulous stories. Someone liked me in Frome this year, because as well as winning (which was lovely) another of my stories My Land, Your Land was longlisted. My story Celestial Dragon was shortlisted by Magic Oxygen, and will be published in their 2019 anthology. My story stars must be in some kind of alignment!
My short monologue Mouthy was screened at the Egg Theatre in August as part of the Fourteen project. Many thanks to Engage, Screenology, and especially director Hannah Entwhistle Jones and wonderful actor Suzanne Kendall.
In other news: Little Potatoes went down really well at the Old Red Lion in London in April:
'An extraordinary, heart-warming tale...thought-provoking and well-executed....it will get you laughing one minute and crying the next' [My Entertainment World']
'Heartachingly moving and delightfully comic' [The Spy In The Stalls]
'An emotional two-hander with a relevant political message...refreshingly different' [London Pub Theatres Magazine]
'Well-written, self-contained..a quietly absorbing study' [Everything Theatre]
I'm so proud that after our fantastic runs at the Old Red Lion this year and at the Edinburgh Festival last year, Little Potatoes lived on in a new production by Red Dragonfly Productions. It was part of Taking Flight at their pop-up Nomad Festival and toured to the New Forest, Cheltenham and the Buxton Fringe Festival.
Elsewhere, my short play Sungrazer was performed at the Old Red Lion in Islington last November as part of Voices From Home, Broken Silence Theatre. It was fantastic to be part of an evening showcasing the voices of regional female writers.
My play Sandwiches was shortlisted for the highly acclaimed Little Pieces of Gold event in London (one of 19 chosen from 600 short plays). Sandwiches had a successful rehearsed reading at the Space, near Canary Wharf, in October. Read about the event in a 5* review from thespyinthestalls.com.
Last year, Foraged Fictions, a story promenade event which I created with Kilter Theatre went down at storm at Prior Park at the beginning of July. "This is a production of an originality that expands the boundaries of what is considered theatre. One hesitates to use the word 'magical', but this is a unique experience that echoes in the memory for long afterwards." (Theatre Bath*****).
In other story news, my story Avocet won the 2018 Momaya Short Story Competition and has been published in their anthology. I was also pleased to hear that my story Morg has been downloaded nearly 80,000 times on Bedtime Fm, and gets 800 new listeners a month. It is apparently Darcy (aged 6)'s 'enduring favourite' on the podcast site...!
My short site-specific play Iconoclast was performed at St Thomas's Church, Salisbury in September (Juno Theatre). It was a huge privilege to see the play performed under the Doom wall painting that inspired it.
Readings: I've continued to read my stories at Story Fridays in Burdall's Yard, Bath, the event I run with Kilter Theatre. I'm running some Story Saturday events at Clifton Library in Bristol, where I will be reading alongside other writers, as guests of Foccal. Last July, I read a couple of my stories at the atmospheric Tin Church in Brokerswood, as part of the Frome Festival.
If you'd like to get in touch with me send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.