Monthly Archives: August 2014

75 Word story on @paragraphplanet #amwriting


Today my 75 words story, Like aspergillus, is published online with Paragraph Planet. This is a great website that publishes a new 75 word story or novel extract everyday from new writers as well as established authors. Currently they are seeking submissions, so if you have 75 words that make a good story, then see their website for submission details


My first time on radio! @RNorthumberland @listenupnorth #WW1

Today was the very first time any of my work had aired on radio, thanks to Rachel Cochrane of @listenupnorth who recorded my poem ‘Voice of the Sam Browne Belt’ following a WW1 writing workshop at the Durham Light Infantry Museum earlier in the summer. The hour long programme featured music from the era as well as several readings which Rachel had recorded. I was delighted that my poem had been chosen among other great pieces of poetry and short stories.

For those that missed it, there is another chance to listen in on Thursday at 7pm. Just follow the link and enjoy.

Great fun with @FlashFridayFic @postupak

Flash! Friday

I had great fun last Friday taking part in the weekly @FlashFridayFic competition properly for the first time. I had a go a short while ago but was not able to follow up as a reader. This time I had the luxury of time and was able to both submit a story and to read the other entries and comment on them.

That’s what makes the competition so much fun! Each week the organiser Rebekah Postupak posts a photographic prompt then┬áthe writers get writing. The word limit is 150 words with 10 per cent leeway. It’s amazing that so many great stories come out of so few words and so quickly. Submissions are only allowed on the Friday based on Washington DC time. Guest judges preside and choose a winner which is announced on the following Sunday.

There is such a variety of writing and takes on the prompt which also makes being a reader fun, although it’s great to have an opportunity to see your own work up there too.

If you get a chance, try having a go this week. The rules are on the website at

And you will be made to feel most welcome – enjoy!

In good company @paperswanswrite ipamphlet 3

It was fantastic to see another one of my stories out there to be read this week. My flash fiction Quarry was included in the third Paperswans Ipamphlet along with some other great writers of both poetry and prose.


The pamphlet is free to download and available at