Monthly Archives: October 2014

Directory of Stories and Writers @geowriting @paragraphplanet


Thanks to the hard work of Richard Hearn, developer of there is now a full list of the published stories on the geo-writing website. Presented in random order (mine’s in there somewhere!), clicking on each author’s name takes you to their story. Based on location prompts, there are many fantastic stories set in such diverse places as Sunderland, New York, Dover and Limerick and a variety of stories to suit everyone.

You can access the page here:

It was great fun to be a part of the project – hope it runs again next year.



Commendation in Retreat West Short story comp

I was absolutely delighted this week to find that I had received a commendation for my short story ‘Basic Geometry’ which I had entered into the Retreat West Short ‘Smoking’ themed story competition ( )

To be shortlisted was exciting enough knowing that my story would be read by Vanessa Gebbie, editor of the short story guide Short Circuit. But then to receive a commendation from her put me on cloud nine. Her comment – ‘Very strong writing here, and an unforgettable, hopeless scene’ –  meant that I haven’t stopped smiling since!

It was after reading the book that Vanessa edited that I submitted this story, perhaps having absorbed some of the great advice within, as I feel this is certainly the best result I have had regarding my short story writing so far. So although not a winner, I definitely feel that if someone like Vanessa Gebbie has recognised some value in my work, then I have won some credibility as a writer. It has certainly inspired me to keep going and improve my work.