Hi, I’m a writer – born in Wales, raised in Merseyside and currently living in Greater Manchester.
I mostly write about wayward teens and middle-aged women who’ve had enough, with a good dollop of dark weirdness. I’m represented by Laura Williams at Greene & Heaton.
I’m the proud recipient of a 2020 Northern Writer’s Award from New Writing North, for my short story collection Girls Who Get Taken – the book is complete and in the hands of my lovely agent.
I’m also the proud recipient of an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice Award, for my novel-in-progress, The Wild Ones.
Some cool things that have happened since I started writing: My entry for the 2022 BBC National Short Story Award reached the ‘unofficial longlist’ – top 60 out of 850 entries. I’ve won first prize in the Bath Flash Fiction Award, first prize in the Mairtín Crawford Short Story Award, placed second in the Bridport Prize, been shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, been a ‘notable contender’ in the Bristol Prize and have won, placed or shortlisted in other writing competitions. In 2018 I 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’ve 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 We Said. I’ve 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.
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 scary films, listening to 90s music 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.