I moved to New Zealand from the North of England in 2007, been writing full time ever since.
Published in: Horizon Review, Otoliths, Blackmail Press, Brief, and others.
Longlisted: Sean O' Faolain International Short Story Prize (2010); Kathleen Grattan Award (2011, poetry); Bristol Short Story Prize (2012).
Shortlisted: Fish One Page Prize (2010); Binnacle Ultra Short Competition (2011, poetry); Short Fiction (2012, fiction).
Won: AUT Creative Writing Prize (2012, graphic fiction).
Currently working on two short fiction collections and re-drafting an epic graphic poem ostensibly about stuttering. First draft at:
I write because I'm privilleged to do so.
Ann Radcliffe, Aphra Benn, Balzac, Dickens, Hardy, Calvino, Chaucer, Larkin, Proulx, Michael Longley, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Simon Armitage, David Mitchell, Helen Dunmore, Tim Jones - ask me tomorrow.
No worries, Meg. :)
Rachel - thank you very much for your nice words about my story "Night Flower" - very strongly appreciated! best, meg
I enjoyed it very much, Bill. I hone in very quickly on stuff I like.
Thanks for faving the Tapeworm poem, Rachel. Appreciate it very much!
Con - was it meant to have? I enjoyed it!
Bill, a pleasure to read you!
Meg - you're welcome - it was a fun comment to read too!
Thanks for reading and commenting "Love one another or die." I thought it had disappeared.
Hi, Rachel. Thanks for faving "Finland." Wonderful comment also.
thank you Rachel for your comment about "Blue-Lit"! I love James Robison's comments, they are little stories! best, meg
Hey, no worries, Lucinda :)
Thank you for commenting on Flashing and Mogo. Glad you liked the last line. Cyberhugs!
Thanks, Mark, I enjoy your work. And thanks for your kind words about "Rogue Trading".
Rachel, thanks for reading Little Yappy Dog, and for your comments about interweaving elements- Much appreciated. Loved Rogue Trading, great piece! All best.
Ah, Michelle, you're welcome - it was such a beautiful and moving piece - it's stayed with me.
I think Mrs. Lobridge is best left in the past!
Thanks for the comment on Almost There, Rachel. Appreciate it very much. Great seeing you here. Off to read a couple stories now... And I look forward to hearing more about Mrs. Lobridge.
David - ditto! I'm looking forward to reading more of your work!
Thanks for the kind words, Rachel!
Thanks, Rachel. Kind of you to comment on "Swords," an early poem of mine.
Hey, Joe - I enjoyed your work.
Rachel, thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Matisse..". I agree; it seems to me that life is mostly about finding our place. The lucky and the geniuses find it earlier. I look forward to reading your work here.
No worries, Alison.
Hi Rachel, thanks so much for your comment on my story.
Maren, I'll be sure to whine about the damp just as you're enjoying the sunshine. It's so discombobulating being seasonally at odds with the world and, coming from the UK as I do, I still get confused myself.
Summer holidays - hard to imagine there is such a thing while I listen to my son's complaining that it is not quite cold enough for the rain to turn into snow... We could do with a little bit of summer here!
Hey, Susan - it's easy to make great comments about superb writing.
Rachel, thank you so much for reading Ash and your lovely comment!
Yeeeha! James, that's so brill - first email I read today :)
I'm putting your statement about Rodeo Days on the dust jacket of my next book--if there are still dust jackets, books, or blurbs.
No worries, Maren, and thanks for the great feedback on "Crown-of-thorns.
Thank you so much for appreciating and commenting on "I type her name into Google." I look forward to reading your work!
Thank you, Rachel, for commenting on "Fox" and welcome to Fictionaut!
Mark, I was so pleased to see your name! You never disappoint.
Lee, no probs :)
Hey, Sylvia, no worries.
Hey, and thanks so much for your kind words about 'Mystery'! Greatly appreciated, and glad you enjoyed.
Hi Rachel, happy you're here!
Welcome to you, too! Thanks for the note!
Thanks for reading First Love, Rachel, and for your comment.
Hi, Shilo - I hope I'm posting and replying correctly, too! I'm also new.
I got gorgeous box set of cards from Binnacle, everyone's flash/poetry pieces from the comp in teeny form, but last time I checked the journal wasn't ready...thanks for reminding me to look. They are lovely to work with.
Your piece is nuanced and subtle. Really enjoyed it.
Thank you for reading my story "Level." I'm new to Fictionaut, so I hope I'm posting and replying correctly. Has Binnacle released your piece yet? I placed a story there a while back, but I was moving at the time and lost track of their publication schedule. The journal is very cleverly formatted and the folks are great to work with. Thanks again for the close read of the piece. I'll make that revision soon. I really was going for a delicately nuanced piece that leaves the reader feeling glad to have read a piece of short fiction--not too heavy, not slapstick. Thank you, again!
Same, Robert - good stuff.
So happy to find you here, Rachel and thanks for your recent comments on "Stilts." Much appreciated. I look forward to reading more of your work!
Beate, thanks for inviting me! You write great.
Welcome to Fictionaut. Fantastic to see you here. And thanks for reading and commenting on "The Wedding: Snow White."
Awe, Sally - you're welcome - I really enjoyed your piece and it was a privilege to be able to read it and comment - thank you!
Rachel, I'm so touched by your comments on my poem. I've never studied writing and know nothing about the technical aspects, particularly of poetry, so such observations from a 'real' poet really mean a lot. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Means a lot, you have no idea!
Kia ora, Sally - thank you!
Hi, Rachel. A friend of Beate is a friend of mine. Glad you've joined us. I see in your profile you live in Auckland. I'm in Wellington, moved here from the US in 2005. Will look forward to bumping into you in the marvelous world of Fictionaut. Welcome!
Thanks so much, Darryl - that's a lovely welcome!
We're honored to have you with us! Welcome!
Hullo! Thank you so much, Sylvia!
Hey, Rachel! Welcome to Fictionaut!