About Me...

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Writer, performer, optimist, vegan, rabbit enthusiast, researcher. I write strange stories about strange things for strange people and read them out loud on various stages in Manchester and beyond. My tales tend to be short, sharp, and weird, and more than a little unsettling. My favourite authors include John Wyndham, Ursula Le Guin, JG Ballard, China Mieville, Alan Garner, Hilary Mantel and Iain (M) Banks. 

 

My fiction has been published in numerous places including Ambit, Black Static, BFS Horizons, Structo, ShooterSTORGYThe Alarmist and volume one of The Shadow Booth. You can find links to lots of my fiction on the Stories page.

I have four collections of flash fictions: Incorcisms (Arachne Press, 2021), Spiderseed (Sleepy House Press, 2016), Threshold (Gumbo Press, 2013), & my twisted Xmas collection Merry Gentlemen (self published, 2014). My full length collection of short stories Fauna will arrive in Sept 2021 with Fly on the Wall.   

I've performed my fiction with excessive theatricality at various events and locations. I've performed twice at Kendal Calling, twice at Bluedot Festival, once at an apocalyptic arts event in Preston Bus Station, and countless times at Manchester's premier spoken word evening Bad Language. I'll usually say yes to a spoken word opportunity so if you'd like me to perform, just get in touch

In 2011 I won the 'Best Blog' award for my film review blog Screen150 (now defunct, sadly) and in 2012 I came joint first on the Lancashire Writing Hub's National Flash Fiction competition with my story 'The Haunter'. My story 'From the Deepest Depths' won the Live at LICA Museum of Water competition in 2015. In May 2016, my collection Spiderseed claimed the runner-up spot in the 'Best Short Story Collection' category at the 2016 Saboteur Awards. In 2018 I was long-listed for the STORGY Shallow Creek competition for my sonnet-based horror story 'Pentameter'. I was shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Prize and 2021 Oxford Flash Fiction Prize.

In February 2021 I completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, researching the connections between autism and science fiction while writing a novel about autism and ghosts. Find out more here.

I live in the wonderful city of Manchester with one human, two rabbits and a fluctuating number guinea pigs. If you have any fan-mail for the animals please address them by name as follows:

 

Rabbits: Marble & Finch

 

Guinea Pigs: Debpig, Homer, Lady Jane Grey, & Maki. Conker & Acorn. Teffi & Princess Peach. Agatha, Dotty, Merrylegs & McDuff.

They don't always reply.