Category Archives: Published Work

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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Remembering at Christmas – 99Fiction Winner (November 2014)

As a child, she’d draw box-like houses with pathways that dangled vertically from the front door, and then sketch beside them stick-men too large to fit inside. As an artist, I spoke to her of perception… and perspective. Now she … Continue reading

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