about me

Born in Rochdale in the UK, I became a chemical engineer. Later, as an antidote to facts and numbers, I began to write. First came an account of a journey through Mongolia, published as a charity ebook, "Hold the Dog! 16 Days in Mongolia". Nowadays I write short stories, and am some way through a novel. I live in Manchester.

I am interested in writing from different perspectives and in different styles, in stories about underdogs, stories that make people think, but most of all, I want to write stories that make people feel something.

SHORT STORIES

"The Match" is scheduled for publication by Spelk Fiction in September 2016.

"The Camp" is scheduled for publication by Spelk Fiction in August 2016.

"Rising Waters", a short speculative piece on flooding, was published by Spelk Fiction in July 2016.

"The Day I Nearly Died", "The Beach House" and "Falling" all appeared in Issue 23 of Jotters United Lit-Zine in June 2016.

"The Beach House", a piece of flash fiction about choices and bravery, was published by Spelk Fiction in November 2015.

"Falling", a short piece about consequences and how life might not be so bad after all, was published by Storgy in June 2015.

"Wilfred", a short story about remembering, appeared in Issue 9 of Bunbury Magazine.

"The Election", a story about winning, losing and perseverance, can be read at A Little Feminist Blog on Language.

A selection of my stories are available to read and listen to at Macguffin.

TRAVEL WRITING

In 2010 I wrote an account of time I spent in Mongolia as part of The Big Trip East in 2005. In 2011 I published the account as an ebook, "Hold the Dog! 16 Days in Mongolia". I donate all the proceeds from sales of the ebook to two Mongolia-related charities, CAMDA and the Yamaa Trust. You can discover more about the book, and how to get hold of a copy, here

Other highlights from The Big Trip East were Tiger Leaping Gorge in south-west China, Lake Baikal in Siberia, and the Trans-Mongolian railway, each of which inspired me to write travel articles.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge article was published in the September 2006 issue of The Traveler e-zine, and in issue 15 of Itchy Feet Magazine.

The Lake Baikal article is, I was surprised to discover recently, published here, while the Trans-Mongolian article is published here