Category Archives: Published Work

Wanderlust: Weekly Photo Challenge

There is no place that signifies travel as much to me as South Africa, possibly because my initial visit there marked the first time I’d travelled outside Europe.  So even though I visited Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia a few … Continue reading

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Back Catalogue – Friday Fictioneers, October 2016

    Tom filed Valerie, his last conquest, on the shelves labelled ‘Good Listener’, right between ‘Sex No Strings’- where Alana languishes – and Sharon’s ‘Ego Massager’ niche. His social bookshelves have flourished ever since he negotiated puberty. He occasionally … Continue reading

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Rosemary’s Baby – 2nd Prize, Flash500 Annual Short Story Competition, 2016

ROSEMARY’S BABY   A shadow falls across my table, and I look up from my book, stifling an expression of dismay as I recognise a former work colleague. I can’t recall her name, but fortunately she’s one of those women … Continue reading

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Triangles – 1st Prize Flash500 Annual Short Story Competition, 2016

TRIANGLES   “I’ve found her, Rosie!” For as long as I can recall, Alice seems to have been wearing a mask.  Now it’s dropped away, and I see the Alice I remember from way back.  This Alice is dancing around, … Continue reading

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The Future: WPC

Well, with a topic such as “The Future” it was either going to be young plants, babies or young birds/animals.  So baby swans it is then…  <sighs>  Love the dewdrop on Mummy Swan’s beak though.. For (hopefully) more imaginative takes … Continue reading

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“Finn” (Second Place – Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2015-16)

 “FINN” “You won’t succeed that way, you know.” The male voice from the bank sounded quite old, and a glance across the water confirmed this impression. “Piss off.” He chuckled, and far from pissing off, he settled on a rock, … Continue reading

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Another Manic Monday – First Prize, Writers’ Forum Magazine #170

Everyone says I don’t look 64, but on Mondays I feel every day of it, and I can’t wait for my 65th birthday. I suppose it’s the prospect of five full days at the diner ahead of me that does … Continue reading

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The Secretary Bird, Friday Fictioneers, October 2015

I abhor her ingratiating manner, the sly puss. “Your husband’s busy right now Mrs Adams, can I help?” (Yes dear, you can tell him I found your hotel receipt.) “Well it is rather important… and urgent …” Her eyes gleam … Continue reading

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Keeping Mum… and Dad : Murder in the Sun, July 2015

I’ve never seen a dead body before, and if Dad has his way, I won’t get to see this one either. I know it’s a woman, because I can see her sand-sprinkled feet. One is bare, but the other has … Continue reading

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The Reliable Witness – Writing Magazine Flash Comp Winner, May 2015

The years have been kind to him; kinder than they have to me. On this chilly January day, he’s enjoying his moment in the flicker of flash photography, the clamour of people seeking his views; it’s been a long time. … Continue reading

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