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Hello, I’m a writer currently based in Oldham.

I’m represented by Laura Williams at Greene & Heaton. I am the recipient of a 2020 Northern Writer’s Award from New Writing North in the Northern Debut category, for my short story collection Girls Who Get Taken & Other Stories. In 2020 I placed second in the Bridport Prize flash fiction category and was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, and in 2019 I won first prize in the Bath Flash Fiction Award and third prize in the Anton Chekhov Award for Very Short Fiction. In 2018 I won the Mairtín Crawford Short Story Award at Belfast Book Festival and was named ‘Northern Writer of The Year’ at the Northern Soul Awards. My novella-in-flash Among These Animals was published by Ellipsis in March 2021.

I have performed my work at many spoken word nights in the North West, including as a headliner at Verbose, and a featured guest at That’s What She* Said. I have also written and performed bespoke pieces for the Not Quite Light Festival and the Words & Music Festival and performed at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe with For Books’ Sake.

In April 2019 I attended the Liminal Residency’s Alton Towers Resort alternative writing residency, in the company of Claire Fuller, SJ Bradley, Alison Powell & Julia Deakin.

I am currently on the judging panel for the London Independent Story Prize and have been a judge or first reader for other fiction competitions.

When I’m not writing, I juggle freelance work with hanging out with my daughter, husband and dog. In my free time I enjoy watching creature features, listening to Britpop and reading short stories.

You can contact me using the form below.

P.S. The wonderful eye / flower art on this website is by Janice Leagra

Originally posted 2018-06-04 15:55:29.

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