About


Reading at Queens Park Book Festival with local writers' group

I was born in Dublin and made my way to London on a bike in my mid-twenties. It’s where I can still be found though ever further out, most recently as far as Harrow. I no longer own a bicycle.
Reasons to be Cheerful
My story “The Babby” achieved honourable mention in the Glimmer Train Family Matters short story competition, September 2015.
I won the Small Wonder short story slam in 2013 with a story that consisted entirely of questions.
One of my stories was in a book, The Monkey’s Typewriter, which won the £3,000 first prize in a national competition, the Raymond Williams Award, administered by Arts Council England. The book was a project of Willesden Green Writers’ Group and my contribution was called Gerry Boysey’s Human Circus.
My poem “The first time the Earth went round by the Sun” was long-listed for the Fish poetry prize 2013.
A fable of mine called "Wanker" was listed as one of the Notable Stories of 2006 by Story South Million Writers Award.

My short story collection "The London Silence" was published by Pretend Genius in 2004. The title story refers to the silence among Londoners on a tube train when it stops in a tunnel. The book is in two parts. The second part, called "All Those Endearing Young Charms," contains a novella-like sequence of related stories.
I have edited or co-edited ten anthologies of short stories. Nine of the ten were from the Willesden Herald international short story competition, for which I did most of the shortlisting. In this connection, I was lucky enough to correspond with and meet many brilliant writers, known and unknown. The competition organisation, reading and judging were all done for love of the short story, with only a Willesden Herald mug as token of gratitude. I also co-edited two anthologies of poetry. All the books and other editing credits are listed under Publications.




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