November 2014

My story ‘Stars’ has been selected as one of the winners of the Solstice Shorts Festival Competition, a literature and folk music festival run by Arachne Press. The festival will take place on 21 December which, as well as being winter solstice, is also National Short Story Day.Solstice Shorts winner

16 time-themed stories 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.

There will also be writing and music workshops during the day at the cost of £5.00. It is hoped that the whole festival will be broadcast live on the internet.

The stories will be published in an anthology, Solstice Shorts: 16 stories about time. More details to follow…


I’ve now come to the end of the NZSA mentorship programme. Many thanks to NZSA, Creative New Zealand and Penelope Todd of Rosa Mira BooksAuthorMembersLogo2


October 2014

My short story, The Wet, will appear in a forthcoming issue of Takahe Magazine…Takahe

and I’m pleased to announce that my pamphlet of short stories will be published by Red Squirrel Press in April 2015. The planned launch date is 13 April 2015 at the Lit and Phil, Newcastle.

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August 2014



Minions lament

The Audiotor project, Minions Lament, an immersive narrative walk, is now launched. Free wi-fi is available at Minions, on Bodmin Moor, to download the app; headphones can be purchased from the Minions Post Office, Shop and Tea Rooms. The chapters are delivered by GPS at certain points along a circular walking route which starts at The Hurlers stone circles before visiting the Cheesewring and Golddiggins Quarry. Visit the Audiotor website for a map and further information.

The story I wrote for this project is based on a real incident concerning an American airman whose plane crashed on Sharptor one foggy night during World War 2.

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An armchair version can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store here


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.