Short Fiction

Viccy is available for short fiction commissions and collaborations

I’m available for short fiction commissions: get in touch to discuss rates, timelines and approaches.

Past commissions have included collaborations with tailors, scientists, social workers, ESOL specialists, innovation foundations and technologists.

I’ve worked with other artists – from photographers to musicians to poets – to produce interventions, maps, bespoke artists books, performances and tours.

My fiction has been published in a number of zines, anthologies and literary journals and my mum has copies of almost all of them.

DIRTY LAUNDRY: APP EDITION

Dirty Laundry: an interlacing of short stories & images (iPad only)

Dirty Laundry: an interlacing of short stories & images  (iPad only). Published by two.5 in 2015

Heels clicking against the scarred linoleum, she moves methodically round the table, sweeping it down with the flat of her hand. The binbag fills with end-curls of unprocessed film.

Direty Laundry (2015)

Dirty Laundry: an interlacing of short stories & images is a digital artist’s book, published as a custom-designed web app by two.5 in early 2015

Free to download (iPad only) from the two.5 website

Contains 12 short stories written to illustrate 12 photo triptychs by American photographer Samantha Silver,  created as part of a call-and-response collaboration for two.5

RECOLLECTIONS: APP EDITION

Recollections: 12 vignettes from Lashiahi (iPad only)

Recollections: 12 vignettes from Lashiahi (iPad only) Published by two.5 in 2015

Her father-in-law starved here. The funeral calls for thirteen grains of rice to be placed by the body and everyone in the villages scoured the fields but they could only find three.

Recollections (2016)

Recollections is a digital artist’s book, published as a custom-designed web app by two.5 in 2015. It was shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize 2015 and won The People’s Choice Award.

Free to download (iPad only) from the two.5 website.

Contains 12 creative non-fiction pieces alongside 12 photo triptychs by America photographer Samantha Silver taken from a joint residency at Lijiang Studio in Lashihai, Yunnan province, South West China

Learning about calligraphy paper with Peace
image by Samantha Silver

RECOLLECTIONS: PRINT EDITION

Bilingual (Chinese/English), print edition of two.5’s award-winning iPad app

Bilingual (Chinese/English), print edition of two.5’s award-winning iPad app.  Published by Lijiang Studio in 2016

They call them bachelor villages: populated by men who can’t persuade a woman to marry into their village. Their first choice is always for a Naxi woman but they’re in short supply these days, up on the mountain. The chances aren’t great that they’ll find a Han wife. Nobody wants a Tibetan as the women are so fierce and hit their men. Instead they look to Lisu and Bai. Or they leave the village and find work elsewhere, settle elsewhere. In thirty years time, probably, this village in the mountains won’t exist: all the young people are going to the cities.

Recollections (2016)

Recollections: 12 vignettes from Lashihai is a limited-run printed edition of our award winning iPad app.

Published by Lijiang Studio in 2016, this edition contains a Chinese translation alongside the original English text. Copies can be ordered from the two.5 website (free postage).

Contains 12 creative non-fiction pieces alongside 12 photo triptychs by America photographer Samantha Silver taken from a joint residency at Lijiang Studio in Lashihai, Yunnan province, South West China

Learning about calligraphy paper with Peace
image by Samantha Silver

There & Now

There & Now: a writer’s perspective on everyday life in rural South West China

There & Now: a writer’s perspective on everyday life in rural South West China

Creative non-fiction collection based on notebooks from a residency at Lijiang Studio, China. Available for kindle and as a paperback. First published by Cargo in 2015. Reissued via KDP in 2018.

Featuring a mixture of interviews, poetry, recipes, an unexpected camel and a visit up the mountains to a Dongba shaman, this bijou creative non-fiction collection explores the daily lives of the Naxi people in Yunnan province, China.

Take Tea With Turing: iPhone app edition

Digital anthology of creative work published as part of the Alan Turing Centenary celebrations in 2012

Take Tea With Turing contains music, animation, poetry and prose, inspired by the life and legacy of Alan Turing.

The anthology is available as a free app (IOS and Android) from the project website, which also features short essays about the inspiration behind each piece.

I compiled and edited TWT as part of my Leverhulme Trust writer in residence position at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh in 2011/12. Informatics is the science of information – how natural and artificial systems process, store and communicate information. The anthology was part of my creative response to the flurries of activity in the UK in 2012, celebrating the centenary of Turing’s birth and the continuing impact of his work on the world.

In designing the anthology, I wanted to play with the traditional ordering principles of printed books; the IOS version can be used alongside three fiducial markers, to aid serendipitous selection. Many of the pieces are available in multiple formats- as animations as well as audio files, as text as well as video. The contributors come from a range of backgrounds, from postdoctoral researchers in discourse structure to debut novelists.