Short fiction

My short fiction in literary magazines, anthologies & online

LATEST: my most recent short fiction publication is ‘People’s People’ in Umbrellas of Edinburgh (Freight, 2016). The story is inspired by some of my favourite places to stand and think in Edinburgh South, and also won the Litlong short fiction competition.

I read ‘Default Settings’ at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August 2016 and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home in this Youtube video, courtesy of Edinburgh City of Literature.

 

My stories can be read in various anthologies, including:

 

Short stories published in print/online zines include: ‘Waiting’ in Nutshell magazine, ‘Storms-ahead’ on Tube-flash, ‘The Wedding Guest’ as an audio recording for 4’33”, Number Eleven, ‘Things We Do Not Talk About’ in print by Brittle Star and online in Flash Flood journal as part of National Flash Fiction day. ‘Marching Orders’ in Number Eleven, ‘Out of Time’ on The Sleep Club, ‘Payne’s Grey’ on The View From Here, ‘It Must Be Fête’ on the Ether Books App, ‘My Quota of Joy’ on Contrary, ‘Intermission’ on Compound, ‘Creeping Like Snail’ and ‘Words Cannot Express’ on Friction, ‘One Vial Act’ on Spilt Milk, ‘Birds May Fly’ in Streetcake, ‘Relaxation’ in Metazen, ‘Reconstruction’ in Mobius, ‘Past Contempt’ in The Binnacle, ‘Respiration’ in SWAMP, ‘If You Love Me, Let Me Go’ in Alliterati, ‘Endangered Species’ in Spilling Ink Review, ‘I Miss Her’ on Notes from The Underground and as an audio recording for Project 50.

(NB- where online magazines are no longer available online, I’ve generally re-posted the stories on my blog)

Miscellaneous story variations:

‘Breakfast’ was first published in Spilling Ink Review, and then adapted into a short, illustrated book for adults at the lowest levels of literacy by Simply Cracking Good Stories as ‘The War Bride’. I later wrote an unillustrated story, ‘Love’, for a related research project called Readers at the Margins.

‘Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter applies for a job’ was printed on pattern pieces as part of a limited edition artists book alongside found poetry from interviews with an East End tailor as part of the Bespoke(n) project.

My non-fiction shorts in Recollections: 12 vignettes from Lashahai alongside documentary-style photography by an American photographer won the People’s Choice award and the iPad app edition was shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize. Lijiang Studio commissioned a Mandarin translation and published a bilingual printed edition. Workshopping the writing and the images for Recollections led to me writing my first nonfiction collection, There & Now: a writer’s perspective on everyday life in South West China.

‘Once upon a Tyne’ was commissioned for live performance in collaboration with traditional fiddle player Scott Hartley.

‘A Man About A Dog’ was commissioned by Intervening Fictions. The inspiration came through travelling around the UK to interview social workers about their professional experiences.

The twelve short fictions published in Dirty Laundry (iPad app edition, two.5, 2014) were written to illustrate photo triptychs from staged photo shoots by American photographer Samantha Silver. The R&D to design how to display them was funded by an International Artists Development grant from Arts Council England and the production costs for the iPad app were generously covered by a kick-ass crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.