The idea behind back in the water as a theme (Brockley Max festival, Writers of Our Age) was getting back to normal life. We still haven’t really, and we didn’t stick to that brief, but water definitely came into it! Two stories from me, Lift Off, which will be featured in FlashFlood 2021 on 26th June, and Greenlanders, which was read at Liars’ League a while back.
My latest publication! buy it here:
I couldn’t make the launch, which although on line was at 2am in the morning, so I recroded a reading of the first page or so. Here it is.
my creature of the air, is nothing like the cover image. I had something more like this in mind, but with wilder hair and feathers on her face.
This is the cover. Needless to say my creature of the air is a great deal earthier than this suggests!
Table of Contents
The Snow Wife by Rose Strickman
Into Thick Air by Davian Aw
Faery Dust by Mark Bruce
Of White Cranes and Blue Stars by Alexandra Seidel
Dead Man’s Hustle by Damascus Mincemeyer
Final Flight by Cherry Potts
The Ravens, Before Returning by Ellen Huang
Their Disappearing Edges by Giselle Leeb
Swanmaid by Bronwynn Erskine
The Whippoorwill by Kevin Cockle
Nephele, On Friday by Elizabeth R. McClellan
Golden Goose by Chadwick Ginther
The House with a Pond with a Girl In It by Christa Hogan
Research Log ~~33 by Rowena McGowan
Eiyri by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Raven Girl by Alyson Faye
Time to Fold by Mara Malins
We All Fall Down by Sara C. Walker
The Sky Thief by Elise Forier Edie
Late Tuesday by Oliver Smith
Wind Song by Sarah Van Goethem
On 8th March Arachne Press held an International Women’s Day of readings from female authors and poets, surrounded by the Tatty Divine exhibition at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. Many thanks to Greenwich University Galleries for hosting.
Here I am reading my short story from Departures, Cloud Island.
Here’s a snippet of audio of my reading of Red Dress, at the Brockley Max fundraiser at Halloween.
We raised around £200, but more is needed – If you’d like to support our local festival, there’s a crowd fund here
If you liked the audio, Red Dress is available to buy as an e-story from
Cut a Long Story along with other short stories by me.
Foundation Myth is getting out and about – this is the audio recording of a reading of Story Cities we did at the Old Rotal Naval College in Greenwich for Design Week. That was a lot of fun, there was a storytellers’ chair!
Myth is getting another outing on 11th December at 6.30pm alongside other Story Cities authors, Rosamund Davies, Evleen Towey, Jayne Buxton and Máire Owens; and winners of this term’s City Writes competition (TBA).
City125 Suite, 26-38 Whiskin Street EC1R 0JD TICKETS £10 in advance only
The venue is accessed via the Rhind building on St John’s Street, (big glass thing opposite the red brick one with the clock.) I’m sure they’ll have someone to direct people!
People who know me know that I don’t do horror. I hate creep and gore, and I actively like bats, spiders and so on, and don’t appreciate them being demonised.
Be that as it may, I am quite fond of a subtle ghost story, and I AM reading a small horror story, in company with other local writers for Hallowe’en.
Join us on 31st October at 7.30, upstairs at the Honor Oak pub, St Germains Road, SE23, for Frightful Yarns, in support of our local festival BrockleyMax.
This is a fundraiser, so ticketed, and £5 to get in. Advance tickets available here (with booking fee)
I’m sure there are tickets on the door too. Fancy dress optional.
Come along for a tale of entrapment and revenge through the medium of dance.
Yes. Really, and No, I won’t be dancing… don’t be silly.
Math Jones embodying Joel’s confusion, excitement, fear and …
Here’s a recording of me reading Algorithms, written specifically for the Urban Myths event at Brockley Max last night, which showcased the work of my fellow WooA writers.
Still recovering from an epic evening of communal writing!
I had a spurt of doing submissions recently, and happily can now announce that my story Greenlanders is being read at Liars’ League on Tuesday 14th June – a transport themed evening in which I take up the baton for whaling ships and emigrant steamers. I can’t be there as I’m teaching in another part of town, and even the fastest bus on earth isn’t going to get me there in time, so if any friends, relations or enthusiasts want to go along and cheer vigorously, that would be gratifying!
I wrote the story as part of a workshop I was running at the Metropolitan Archive, writing to live music from Sarah Lloyd & Ian Kennedy, and having just looked at an exhibition of Victorian photographs of everyone from celebrities to ne’er-do-wells.
Another chance to catch a live story, this time in Bath, at Story Friday on 17th June – a busy week! The story is Midsummer Morris Marathon, fo their Solstice theme. This time I’m reading it myself, so the encouragement to friends in the area is even more forceful – you will be hearing from me!
This story is based on elements of fact – I have met those inexhaustible dancers, though not in Somerset, I have stood on that hill and seen that view – after that it’s entirely hokum, unless it isn’t of course…