Hello, I’m a writer currently based in Oldham. I mostly write short stories and creative nonfiction, but am also in the process of developing a novella and novel.
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 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.
I am a regular performer at spoken word nights in the North West. I have 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.