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Occupation Author
Location Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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Introduction My stories have been published in The Yellow Room, The New Writer, Writers' Forum, Mslexia, The Lampeter Review and The New Writer magazines, as well as in anthologies from Salt Publishing, Cinnamon Press, Spilling Ink, Earlyworks Press, Unbound Press, Rubery Press and Biscuit Publishing. Shortlisted six times for the Bridport Prize and three times for the Fish Prize, I have stories in both the 2010 and 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize Anthologies. In 2011, I came second in the Scottish Writers Association’s contest and won the Exeter Writers competition. In 2013, I was runner-up in Mitchelstown Literary Society’s William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen competition and had a story published in the Salt Anthology of New Writing as well as winning the local prize in the Bath Short Story Award. My first novel, Tying Down The Lion, is published by Brick Lane. Ink Tears Press released my short story collection, When Planets Slip Their Tracks, in January 2016. It has been shortlisted for The Rubery International Book Award and longlisted for The Edge Hill University Short Story Prize.
Interests Writing, reading, playing piano.
Favorite Movies Marnie, Psycho, Duel, Mildred Pierce, Dark Victory, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Atonement, The Reader, The Lovely Bones, All About Eve, Dark Victory, Brokeback Mountain, The Notebook, Never Let Me Go, Blood Diamond, Julie and Julia, The Hours, Revolutionary Road, Juno, Grease, Gone With The Wind, Notes On A Scandal, Felicia's Journey, Peter's Friends, The Help, Fried Green Tomatoes, Wait Until Dark, Mr Skeffington, Waterloo Bridge.
Favorite Music Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Kate Bush, Talking Heads, Sinead O' Connor, Spandau Ballet, Walker Brothers, U2.
Favorite Books L-Shaped Room, Ethan Frome, Me and Emma, The Prevailing Wind, L'Etranger, La Porte Etroite, Our Spoons Came from Woolworths, A Touch Of Mistletoe, The Friday Gospels, Across The Common, The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, Perfect, One Day, The Pre-War House, The Lighthouse, The Fifth Child, The Fault In Our Stars, London Belongs To Me, Olive Kitteredge, Felicia's Journey, The Children Of Dynmouth, A Song For Issy Bradley, Our Endless Numbered Days. Also anything by Raymond Carver, Sarah Salway, Barbara Comyns, Helen Simpson, William Trevor, Saki, Carys Bray, Rachel Joyce, Penelope Lively, Helen Simpson, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Daphne du Maurier.

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