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Shug – a short story 

24 Feb 18

Caretaker He was spiking soggy leaves in the quadrangle, stalking them as they blew in spirals, stooped against the bitter wind.

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Fool’s Gold – a short story 

5 Sep 17

Not the brilliant Stone Roses’ track, but a short story… Tumbledown cottage Friday: ‘Any better suggestions?’ Carol said nothing.

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Mrs Rochester’s Attic – short story anthology 

14 May 17

I’ve been away from this blog for a while (busy working on a draft) but I’m delighted that one of my short stories, Pigeon Holes, will be appearing in an anthology called Mrs Rochester’s Attic.

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My short story Lye Noon available to listen to here…. 

28 Nov 16

Lye – setting for my short story – joint shortest station name in the UK and home to keen readers I’ve never had my work performed by an actor so what a great experience to listen to Jack Trow reading my story Lye Noon.

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‘A Little Love’ wins Cardiff Review short story award 2016 

29 Oct 16

Cardiff review – Fall 2016 I had the great news earlier this month that my short story ‘A Little Love’ has won the Cardiff Review short story award.

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Great News – Garage Flowers chosen as winner by London literary agency 

6 Oct 16

I had the fantastic news today that my novel Garage Flowers has been selected as the winner of Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency’s ‘Make Us Scared’ competition.

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Boscobel House piece on English Heritage 

6 Oct 16

Boscobel House where Charles II hid Thanks to English Heritage for picking up my Day Out in Shropshire piece on their Facebook page here.

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Out to Pasture 

28 Jul 16

I’m playing hooky, skiving, swinging the lead, whatever you want to call it.

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A Perfect Day in the Country – Shropshire 

19 Jul 16

A piece I wrote about a perfect day in Shropshire View of Shropshire countryside from Hawkstone Park The sun sparkles on the Severn.

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Review of Sitting Ducks 

18 Jul 16

Potteries author Lisa Blower My review of Lisa Blower’s Stoke-on-Trent-based novel Sitting Ducks has been published on Structo literary magazine’s website here.

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Lizzie’s will – a short story 

11 Jul 16

Birmingham Town Hall features in Lizzie’s will My short story ‘Lizzie’s will’ has just been published on Platform for Prose.

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A Head for Business 

2 Jul 16

Lang’s toenails bit into his soles.

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Sitting Ducks – the Potteries in fiction 

17 Jun 16

Potteries author Lisa Blower, photo credit – SOT Lit Fest Sitting Ducks is a great title and Potteries author Lisa Blower has form for using her home city’s phrases and landscape in her work.

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Published in Silver Apples 

2 May 16

I’m delighted to have a piece published in Silver Apples magazine.

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‘Trials’ is Editor’s Choice 

28 Apr 16

cross country My short story Trials, which concerns the daily life of a struggling games teacher Mr Hartshorne, is the Editor’s Choice on Platform for Prose.

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Published in Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival’s new book 

16 Apr 16

William Shakespeare I’ve just heard my short story entry is going to be published in a book celebrating the 2016 Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival.

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Some good news – one published, two accepted 

15 Apr 16

Bream on display at Izaak Walton’s Cottage I’ve been more active in sending out work again after the supreme effort to complete my novel in 2015/2016.

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Reading Chandler in the canteen 

6 Apr 16

Can’t remember where I got this copy but it looks great.

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David Jones at Oriel Ynys Mon 

3 Mar 16

In the last blog I mentioned Kyffin Williams.

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Kyffin’s Paints 

18 Feb 16

There is a permanent display of Kyffin Williams’ work at Oriel Ynys Mon.

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The Last Chip Supper published online 

6 Dec 15

The Last Chip Supper My short story ‘The Last Chip Supper’ is now available to read online thanks to Structo ( here  from page 131).

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Twinkle – a short story in sales 

1 Dec 15

Animal he liked to be called and he was bloody full of it.

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Staring at the sea…. 

3 Sep 15

Newborough Warren looking over to Lleyn.

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UFO/Cloud, north Wales 

23 Aug 15

OK, I know (and its form is already changing) but this shows how clouds take on strange shapes and fire the imagination….

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Trials in Platform for Prose 

20 Aug 15

Cross country pain… My short story ‘Trials’ is all about the suffering of a games teacher who never quite made the grade as an athlete.