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Like most fiction writers, I've been writing stories long and short for as long as I can remember. My first published work happened when I was studying for my A Levels, when my 'Horse Lover's Guide To Life Without A Horse' was serialised in Absolute Horse magazine. I was delighted, especially as it had even been illustrated by a contributing illustrator.
I studied creative writing under John McAuliffe, Martyn Bedford and Geoff Ryman as part of my English Language and Literature degree at the University of Manchester, where I also co-founded the university creative writing society. One story produced during this time was placed in The Roundtable Review, while another was shortlisted for the PCS short story competition 2006.
In 2017-2019, I studied a Creative Writing MA part-time at The Manchester Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University. I workshopped my historical novel, Bill O'Jack's, during my time there.
Sovay, my collection of short stories influenced by or based on English folk songs, won the Arvon Award at the Northern Writers' Awards 2017. One story, entitled 'The Unquiet Grave', was published by The Pygmy Giant in 2016. It was later included in their 'best of the year so far' on National Flash Fiction Day 2016. You can read it here. My story based on 'The Cruel Mother', retitled as 'Silence Surrounds Her', was published by Streetcake Magazine in April 2017 (issue 52). You can read it here.
In 2014, I was shortlisted for the Ideastap and Writers' Centre Inspires mentoring programme, on the strength of my YA novel, Kindred Spirit.
My story, 'Tonight's the night that'll be the night', was included in the Comma Press ebook, William Faulkner's Typewriter. It's available right here.
I love to try writing in other mediums, too. My short play, Red Megaphone, about the legacy of Ewan MacColl, was produced as part of Contact Theatre's Verbally Challenged initiative.
You can also read my piece of creative non-fiction, 'Hero', commissioned by The Real Story, right here. Or if you'd rather listen, below you can hear me reading it at Manchester Literature Festival 2016.