Publication of The Locust Theorem

I’m totally thrilled and excited to say that my latest short story, The Locust Theorem, has just been published by Fairlight Books. It’s online, it’s free to read right here, and is a lovely bit of sci-fi fun to get you through to the weekend.

The story takes about twenty minutes to read and follows Andy Anderson, a struggling geneticist trying to come to terms with the loss of his girlfriend – and if that doesn’t grab you, here’s an excerpt:

The first indication I had that something might be wrong was the day the builders came. They had set up scaffolding outside the hotel and, as Su was passing under it, one of them dropped a knife. It sailed four floors down, point-first, straight towards Su’s face. She looked up just in time for it to hit her. There was a sharp sound, like a blade against granite, before the knife fell to the ground and clattered away across the forecourt. Su was shaken but not hurt, aside from a light red irritation that bloomed in a line down her face. Continue reading Publication of The Locust Theorem

Report from the London Short Story Festival

6a00d83451b01369e201b8d1245a87970c-piIt’s a strange thing, but as a publisher and an author, I find I have to very strict about when I wear my work hat and when I wear my writer’s hat, and it’s very rare that I feel comfortable letting those two things overlap. This weekend’s London Short Story Festival was one of those occasions.

Running from Friday 18 to Sunday 21 June, this was only the Festival’s second year running. Despite this, it boasted a jam-packed programme of events and all its Masterclass workshops sold out well before it started. Events featured authors from around the world, from established masters like Ben Okri, Helen Simpson and Toby Litt to new guns like Kirsty Logan and SJ Naude. The Festival is sponsored by Spread the Word, who are keen to represent the diversity of the short story form, and this showed in the programming. Continue reading Report from the London Short Story Festival

Hark Magazine Issue 3 is Live – ‘Dear Versailles’ inside!

My latest short story, Dear Versailles, has been published in Issue 3 of Hark Magazine.  You can read it right here on page nineteen!

There will also be a launch night on the 28th November, at the Washington Pub in Hampstead Heath.  I won’t be reading this time (though I may be in the future – watch this space!) but my fangirls and I will be there, so should you!

Here’s a small excerpt to whet your appetites: Continue reading Hark Magazine Issue 3 is Live – ‘Dear Versailles’ inside!

Hark Magazine Publication | ‘Dear Versailles’

I’m delighted to announce that my latest short story, Dear Versailles, has been accepted for publication in Issue 3 of Hark Magazine, due out later this month.

Hark is a fantastic new publication, full of liminal literarture, short stories and poems, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with them.  They have a great blog too, and have just posted a set of interviews with all the Issue 3 authors, which can be found here.

There will be a launch event on the 28th November at the Washington Pub in Hampstead, which you are all very welcome to attend.  I’m personally really excited that this story in particular has been selected, as it’s very close to my heart and has been a while in the mulling pot, so I really do mean it when I say I hope to see you there.

Third Place for ‘Until Then, Sister’ at the Kilburn Literary Festival

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 23.42.56Last night, there was an excellent and most wine-fuelled literary shindig: the Kilburn Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition reading and public vote.

What a night.  So many wonderful and entertaining stories, lots of talented writers in one room.  I am very proud that I got to be one of them and, not only that, but also to have won the 3rd Prize for my entry, Until Then, Sister.  Thank you so much to Toni Green read my flash fiction piece out so beautifully and congratulations to fellow-wordsmith Jade Summer on 1st Prize!

Don’t forget the Kilburn Literary Festival is still on for a few more days, so if you’re a lit bunny, do go and check out their upcoming events.

Selection for the Kilburn Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition

Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the inaugural Kilburn Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition!

My entry, Until Then, Sister, has been selected as one of twelve finalists, each one coming to no more than five hundred words.  There will be an event on 30th October for anyone who wants to come and hear the stories, which will be read out by professional actors.  What’s more, the audience then gets to vote on the winner.  That’s right – gulp! – it is that most feared of all things: a public vote!

So come along, hear some stories, vote some votes, and have a gosh-darn literary evening.

For more information, visit the Kilburn Literary Festival website right here.

My first public reading

Yesterday saw a landmark event for any author: my first public reading.  I read out the first few pages of The Yellow Moth, which was recently published on the cover of OpenPen Magazine, Issue 11.

Almost everything about the event went wrong: my mother was late, her partner went for a wander and got lost, the roof fell in on the venue an hour before the shindig began, nobody could get through to anyone else about it.  But, by a mix of serendipity and enthusiasm, we all managed to find seats in the trendy cellar of a really cute pancake house.  My mother’s partner resurfaced, a spot was found to park the car, people figured out where we were and I discovered the best gluten-free pancakes in North-East London! Continue reading My first public reading

Open Pen Magazine Publication | ‘The Yellow Moth’ & Excerpt

OP11_FROTNCOVERVery exciting news, everybody: for the first time ever, one of my short stories is going to be published in a proper, grown-up literary journal!  Even better, it’s been selected as the Cover Story!

The Yellow Moth, which is about a small girl having her first existential crisis, will be published in Open Pen Magazine, Issue 11, and will be available in all the best kind of independent bookshops in print.  There will be an event to celebrate the Issue 11 launch and words in general on April 10th from 7pm, where I will be doing a reading with great amounts of nervousness.

A small sneak-peek of The Yellow Moth is available here on the Open Pen website, but if you want more, I’ve posted a few paragraphs below as well.   Continue reading Open Pen Magazine Publication | ‘The Yellow Moth’ & Excerpt