Short stories

They shall inherit the earth, about the same cult as in the novel, told from the point of view of the followers, in Litro, online.

Stripped, about the Zimbabwean War of Liberation, in The Red Line, online.

Burials, about an abusive schizophrenic man and his elderly mother who half-wishes for his untimely death, in The Lampeter Review, in print and online.

Sharing, read brilliantly by actor Carrie Cohen, about a moth infestation in Hackney, told from the point of view of the moths, in Liars’ League, online.

Trap, about a dysfunctional relationship and the suffering inflicted on wildlife, set in idyllic Upper Weardale, in Unthology 9, in print (Review by Rupert Dastur in The Short Story).

Hair, about a man who keeps all his pets’ fur and goes to strangers’ funerals, in East of the Web, online.

Cursed from the Earth, a Cain and Abel story set in Zimbabwe, in Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2018, in print.

Monopoly, about an old man who won’t sell up to a supermarket, in The Manchester Review, online.

A motionless stuffed bear, about a bear longing to get back to its owner, included in the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Anthology 2018, in print.

Gomorrah, about a 15-year-old boy in the 1943 firebombing of Hamburg, in the Mechanics’ Institute Review,  issue 15, in print.

Ginger, about a redhead from birth to adulthood, in Ellipsis Zine, online.

Homeward Bound, a 100-word piece in The Drabble, online.

Meat, about a newcomer’s unsettling experiences, in The Shadow Booth, vol. 3, in print.

Feet of Clay, about a rat seeking more voice than just a squeak, in The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2019, Kindle.

Lame Shadow, about a blind date, in the University of Sunderland/Waterstones Short Story Award 2019 (3rd prize), in print.

The trumpeters and pipers are silent, about abusive relationships, in Lighthouse Journal #20, in print.

Anguilla anguilla, about the long migration of the European eel, in Aftermath Magazine, online.

Rewilding and restoring a small garden, an essay in Permaculture Magazine, online.

The wildlife garden, a short piece about the birds and bees in my garden, in Permaculture Magazine, online.

Pancake Day, about a care home resident and her favourite care assistant, included in the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Anthology 2020, in print.

Gold, about a Zimbabwean miner and the War of Liberation, in Litro Magazine, online.

Run, rabbits, run, about animal abuse, in Eye Spy, an anthology published by Fresher Publishing, in print.

The landowners, an allegory about xenophobia and environmental destruction, in Shooter Literary Magazine.

The lost larynx, a weird piece shortlisted in the 2022 Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction, published in Solemates and Other Stories.

All that remains, about a mother, daughter and granddaughter in Civil War country.

Also: Highly commended in The London Magazine short story competition 2015. Shortlisted in the Short Fiction short story competition 2018. Longlisted in BBC National Short Story Award 2018. Shortlisted in The London Magazine short story competition 2018. Longlisted in Leicester Writes 2020, Cambridge Prize 2020, Fish memoir 2020, Bournemouth Writing Prize 2021, Yeovil Short Story Prize 2021 and Retreat West First Chapter competition 2024. Shortlisted in Cranked Anvil’s September 2022 prompt competition and the 2024 Bournemouth Writing Prize (to be published in an anthology in November 2024).