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Long listed (in the top 50 stories) for the BBC National Short Story Award 2021
Short listed for the Bridport Short Story Prize 2020
Short listed for the Word Factory Apprentice Award 2021
Stand-alone short Guts of a Mackerel to be published by Fly On the Wall Press December 2021. "Powerful, lyrical and full of guts...a must-read" [Twitter]
I was delighted to be commissioned to create a brand new Story Walk for the Clifton LitFest in Bristol. Walkers enjoyed an overworked waitress, a whiff of the USSR and a Golden Age Hollywood star in four stories inspired by the history, architecture and contemporary life of Clifton Village. The walk was really popular and sold out, twice. I have been asked to lead the walk again next year. 'Superb...a tour de force!'
Since March 2020 I have been running my regular writing workshops on Zoom. I run fortnightly creative writing workshops and and short story discussion group that has proved very popular. There's further information here. Let me know if you'd like to be kept informed about upcoming workshops.
I've got another story on the lovely Unbound podcast series. A Long Way From Home is available to listen to here. It is read by Rebecca Charles, sound edited by Mark Lingwood and produced by Tempest Productions. Tempest also recorded my story Living in The Shadow of Venus, which you can listen to here. The Unbound series of stories are all well worth a listen.
I'm delighted that my play Flotsam was selected as one of the plays developed by Theatre West as part of their Zooming Ahead project. I worked on the play with Theatre West and dramaturg Marietta Kirkbride and had a full reading of the play with actors on zoom in May.
I was very pleased to run a sold out live story telling event at the Packhorse Inn, Southstoke for Halloween. The event was very popular. I hope to be back at the Packhorse next year.
In a new collaboration with the Mission Theatre, I held an exciting weekend of workshops on 30th-31st October. Participants said it was 'fun', 'thought-provoking', 'inspiring', 'encouraging', 'energising', 'positive'. I'm hoping to run some more 'in real life' workshops at the Mission - get in touch if you'd like to find out more here.
I was very pleased that my story Hula Hoops Were My Downfall has been selected for the lovely Funny Pearls website.
Very much enjoyed visiting and reading at the Nailsworth Festival this August, accompanying the brilliant Philip Douch.
I regularly have stories broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol Upload. Recently Adam Crowther repeated my story A Long Way From Home. 'One of the finest writers we've had on Uploader', said Adam. He also broadcast and enjoyed my story King Arthur Fights The Corona Dragon. And Lancelot Comes Too, Dammit. 'A masterclass in storytelling,' he said. During lockdown I wrote three stories that were selected to be played and Adam has also broadcast A Living in the Shadow of Venus and The Winter's Egg. He's also chosen a couple of funny stories including The Witch, "It put a right smile on my face," said Adam, and No Animals Were Hurt In The Writing Of This Story: 'Lovely story that had me belly laughing today', said Adam.
Delighted, and slightly amazed, that my script Whale Song is one of only two feature length screenplays in development with a Bristol film company.
Very proud to be selected by Documental Theatre to be one of the south-west artists featured in their #WhereTo campaign. You can view my contribution in their compilation here, but I'd highly recommend watching all the films - they're an incredibly impressive snapshot of the fantastic variety of work going on in this region.
Fairlight Books have published a short story of mine, Touching The Sun, in their first anthology of short stories. It's rather a delicious book, have a look here. I have a number of stories on the Fairlight short story portal including The Garden, which they chose as their story of the week and The Winter Egg which appeared at Easter. The Winter Egg is about the female designer of one of Faberge's Imperial Easter eggs, and was inspired by a trip to St Petersburg. Touching The Sun was the first of my stories Fairlight published.
My short story The Longest Journey is being published in an anthology Together Behind Four Walls. As part of this project, I have filmed myself reading the story for Paris Lit Up. (It's on Youtube, just after 11 minutes in).
Filmed story walk:
In 2019, I curated a story walk around Bath with six other writers and long-time friends and collaborators, Kilter Theatre as part of Bathscape Walking Festival We were unable to run a new story walk during Corona, so we filmed the original stories and created a virtual walk. You can view the films here. I hope you'll walk the walk, either in reality or on your sofa at home!
My story The Longest Journey won the B&NES Libraries Lockdown competition (I shall be skipping down to Mr B's to spend my winnings!). The story was recorded by Bel Mooney and has been published on the Papernations website as part of their Great Margins project. The judges said that the story 'caught their attention, finding light, hope and happier days where there only seemed despair'. You can read it here or listen to Bel Mooney reading it here. It was also broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol (read by me this time). 'Beautiful fiction,' said Adam Crowther, 'Absolutely lovely.'
Stories At The Farm
A Word In Your Ear was delighted to present a brand new evening of stories on a wonderful farm a few miles north of Bath this summer. Writers delivered stories standing on a Landrover stage in an atmospheric stable (it was a bit rainy!). It was a fabulous evening.
Another new story project from Kilter Theatre and my company, A Word In Your Ear, this is hand-crafted story therapy for when you feel like you're losing the plot. A series of story spritzes and story balms were delivered via zoom in March and April, including one of mine. For all information click here.
Festive Doorstep Stories:
My company A Word In Your Ear and Kilter Theatre teamed up for Christmas 2020 to bring some festive cheer to the doorsteps of Bath. Creating a 'traditional carol singing meets story deliveroo' event, we visited audiences outside their homes to read them Christmas stories - have a look at the pics here. I had two stories on offer on our Twelve Stories of Christmas menu: 'A White Christmas' and 'Robin Hood And The Rule of Six'. You can read 'A White Christmas' on the lovely Fairlight Books website, where it was published on Christmas Eve.
Story Friday Online:
With all live events cancelled during lockdown, I got together with Olly and Caroline from Kilter Theatre and we decided to put Story Friday online. We created three events with the theme Dark Clouds, Silver Linings in April and May, and a collection of stories with the theme A Breath of Fresh Air in June. We've got a Youtube channel with 27 brand new stories - a hugely varied selection, including two of mine. Click here for all the links.
I was involved in Bath Radio's Literature Festival last year. A Word In Your Ear curated five short fictions from Story Friday writers, including one of mine. I interviewed the brilliant crime writer Sarah Hilary, and I was interviewed in turn by Elaine Miles.
I was very pleased that my favourite Cornish live fiction event TellTales selected one of my stories for their online recordings, theme of 'Freedom'.
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.