November 2016

I’m thrilled to be taking part in two events at the Looe Literary Festival on Sunday 13 November. In the morning, I’m running a workshop exploring character from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Truly Scrumptious, Higher Market Street, East Looe PL13 1BW. £10; book here .

untitledIn the afternoon, I’m giving a talk from 4 to 5pm at the Black Swan, Fore Street, East Looe, PL13 1DT. Free. The talk focuses on one of my stories which was inspired by Anne Estelle Rice’s portrait of Katherine Mansfield painted in Looe in June 1918.

This month, the Creative Writing Group at Carnon Downs will meet on 3, 10, 17 and 24 November, 6.45 to 8.45pm in the Meeting Room, Carnon Downs Village Hall.


October 2016

I’m very pleased to say that I’ll be giving a talk and running at workshop at Looe Literary Festival on Sunday 13 November. More details soon.

The Creative Writing Group will meet on 6, 13, 20 October in the Meeting Room, Carnon Downs Village Hall, 6.45 to 8.45pm. (There is no meeting on 27 October due to half term.) Please contact me if you are interested in coming along.


January 2015

A celebration of the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Award will be held on Saturday 16 May at the Darlington Arts Festival. My story, ‘The Pledge,’ will be read, by a Liars’ League actor, alongside other recent winning stories by Carys Davies, Benjamin Myers and Samuel Wright.

The Tom-Gallon Award is an annual award for £1,000 financed by a bequest made by Miss Nellie Tom-Gallon in memory of her brother. It was first awarded in 1943; originally biennial, it is now awarded annually thanks to the support of the ALCS.

Solstice shorts anthologySolstice Shorts: sixteen stories about time is now available to buy here.

takahe 83 is now available to buy here.

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December 2014

My short story, ‘The Wet’, has been published in takahe 83, the 25th anniversary issue. More details soon.

The Solstice Shorts Festival, a literature and folk music festival run by Arachne Press, will take place on 21 December 2014. As well as being winter solstice, the 21st is also National Short Story Day.Solstice Shorts winner

16 time-themed stories, including my story, ‘Stars’, will be read every half hour between sunrise and sunset at the West Greenwich Library and the Royal Observatory Greenwich, including stories written by judges Alison Moore, Robert Shearman, Anita Sethi and Imogen Robertson. Readings are free to attend.

An anthology of the stories, Solstice Shorts: sixteen stories about time will be published by Arachne Press on 8 January 2015, ISBN: 978-1-909208-23-0

July 2014

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Penzance Litfest 16-20 July

On Saturday 19th July Telltales will take place at the Admiral Benbow, Chapel St, Penzance 7.30 -10pm

On Sunday 20th I’m taking part in a panel discussion, ‘The Author and the Small Press’ at Penlee Coach House, Penlee House, Penzance 2.30-3.30pm along with Sue Kittow, Alison Hodge of Alison Hodge Publishers and Piers Henriques from Penryn Press

Port eliotThe amazing Port Eliot Festival returns this year, running from 24-28th July at St Germans, Cornwall.

Telltales will perform a ‘Freshly Squeezed’ set on the Five Dial stage in the Walled Garden on Sunday afternoon. Six writers will read pieces specially written on site in response to the festival.


Best telltales logoTelltales is back home at Dolly’s, 21A Church St, Falmouth TR11 3EG on Tuesday 29th July at 7.30pm. Full details of the event can be found on the website.






‘A Bird So Rare’ has won the SWWJ Elizabeth Longford Poetry Competition 2014.