Writer & Researcher
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. As of February 2021, I have a doctorate in Creative Writing from The University of Manchester, whatever that actually means.
My short story collection Fauna was published by Fly on the Wall Press in 2021 and has been shortlisted for a Saboteur Award and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. It features twelve weird tales about animals and has been endorsed by the likes of Adrian Tchaikovsky, Lucie McKnight Hardy, Tania Hershman, and Nik Perring. Grab it from Fly on the Wall directly, or from my shop.
My other stories have been published in numerous places including Ambit, Black Static, BFS Horizons, Structo, Shooter, STORGY, The 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).
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 various spoken word nights in and around Manchester. I'll usually say yes to a spoken word opportunity so if you'd like me to perform, just get in touch.
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.