March 2016

The Lost of Syros has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016. There are many excellent short story collections on this year’s list, including In Margate By Lunchtime by fellow Cultured Llama author, Maggie Harris.Edge Hill 2016

‘Organisers of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, who are marking the tenth anniversary of the award this year, have revealed an exciting and eclectic longlist for 2016.

The Edge Hill Short Story  Prize it is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories and has attracted established names competing alongside relative newcomers for the £10,000 main prize, a £1,000 Readers’ Prize and an additional category worth £500 acknowledging rising talents on Edge Hill University’s own MA Creative Writing course.’

A shortlist of six will be announced in May.

My short story, Crue, will be published on the Ink, Sweat and Tears webzine on March 19th.

‘Ink Sweat & Tears is a UK based webzine which  publishes and reviews poetry, prose, prose-poetry, word & image pieces and everything in between.  Our tastes are eclectic and magpie-like and we aim to publish something new every day.’Ink Sweat and Tears

IS&T’s sole editor is the marvellous poet and artist, Helen Ivory.

January 2016

On 14 December, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall about writing short stories. You can listen to the interview 33 minutes into Tiffany Truscott’s show here.

T85Cover-smallNew reviews of The Lost of Syros and Over The Dam, by Dunedin poet and writer Sue Wootton, will be published in takahe 86.

You can read the review of The Lost of Syros here and Over The Dam review here.

December 2015

Very pleased to hear that my story, Girls On Motorbikes, has been commended in the Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing by judge Jaki McCarrick. Congratulations to winner Melanie Whipman, runners-up Aidan O’Reilly and Karina Vidler and the other commended writers Catherine McNamara and Shauna Mackay.



Some weeks ago, Derek Thompson invited me to do a Q&A for the Strictly Writing blog. It’s about The Lost of Syros, my short story collection, and how I found my publisher, Cultured Llama Press. You can read the interview here.


August 2015

BSSP 2015I’m delighted that my short story, Flowers, has been short-listed for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2015.

A fantastic launch of The Lost of Syros took place on Tuesday 4 August at A Curious Hall, Falmouth. My friend, Sue Kittow, also launched her second book, Walks in the Footsteps of Cornish Writers at the same event. Many thanks to all who attended the launch and purchased copies of my book.

You can find more photos of the launch on the Events page…

launch with Sue


July 2015

The Lost of Syros is now available to order here from Cultured Llama Press and from all good bookshops (ISBN:978-0-9932119-2-8)


During July, I’ve been busy organising four events for Telltales. I’ll be reading my story, Painting Katherine, during the Telltales set at Port Eliot Literary Festival on Friday 31 July, 10am in The Round Room.

My short story, Flowers, has been long-listed for the Bristol Short Story Prize.