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Appearances /Events

  • Comma Press x Write Out Loud, Poetic Prose, panellist, April 2024
  • Levenshulme Old Library, Unheim-Lit, headline act, March 2024
  • Levenshulme Old Library, Ghosts At The Old Library, guest performer, December 2023
  • Retreat West Flash Fest, keynote speaker, September 2023
  • Verbose Spoken Word Night, headline act, February 2023
  • A Series of Dots, flash fiction podcast, guest speaker, October 2022
  • Edinburgh Fringe, That’s What She Said, featured guest, August 2019
  • That’s What She Said, featured guest, March 2019
  • Not Quite Light Festival, guest performer, March 2019
  • Verbose Spoken Word Night, headline act, February 2019
  • WAM (Words and Music) Festival, guest performer, October 2018

Workshops / Seminars

  • Sculpting a Short Story Collection, online, Comma Press, a series of four 2-hour workshops, April – May 2024
  • Writing Poetic Prose, Manchester, Comma Press x Write Out Loud, 1-hour workshop, April 2024
  • Successfully Bringing The Strange Into Your Stories, Manchester, 2-hour workshop, March 2024
  • Sculpting a Short Story Collection, Manchester, Comma Press, a series of four 2-hour workshops, Feb – March 2024
  • Writing Short Horror Fiction, online, For Books’ Sake Witch Season, 2-hour workshop, October 2022
  • Mastering Microfiction, online, Crow Collective, 2-hour workshop, October 2022
  • Editing Short Fiction, online, Retreat West, 1-hour workshop, March 2022
  • An Introduction to Flash Fiction, Mold, The Big Word Weekend, 2-hour workshop, November 2021
  • Go Weird or Go Home, online, Northern Writer’s Studio, 2-hour workshop, December 2021
  • Successfully Bringing The Strange Into Your Stories, online, Retreat West, 90-minute seminar, November 2021
  • The Art Of The Micro, online, Retreat West Flash Fest, 90-minute workshop, April 2020
  • Go Weird or Go Home, Didsbury, Didsbury Arts Festival, 2-hour workshop, June 2019
  • Fast Fiction,  2-hour workshop, Burnley Literature Festival, June 2018
  • Friday Flashing, online, regular sessions, Retreat West, 1-hour workshops providing prompts and critiquing work, through 2021 / 2022

Work / Voluntary / Internships

  • Retreat West, marketing, social media assistant and festival assistant,  2019 – 2023
  • Manchester Literature Festival, volunteer, various years
  • The Word Factory, social media assistant, 2018
  • First reader for Ellipsis (2017), TSS short story contest (2018) and Brighton Prize (2019)

Competition Judging / Reading

  • Flash 500, flash fiction stories, January 2024
  • Ellipsis Zine, flash fiction collections / novellas, April 2023
  • Reflex, flash fiction stories, September 2023
  • Flash 500, flash fiction stories, January 2022
  • Retreat West, themed flash fiction stories, June 2020

Grants / Awards

  • Shortlisted for Northern Writer’s Award for Fiction, 2024
  • Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice, The Wild Ones (project to make a step-change from short fiction to novels), December 2022
  • Northern Debut Award, Northern Writers’ Awards (short story collection, Girls Who Get Taken), June 2020
  • Northern Writer Of The Year, Northern Soul Awards, November 2018
  • Shortlisted for Word Factory Apprentice Award, 2018

Residencies

  • Alton Towers, 26th – 28th April 2019, The Liminal Residency (alternative writers’ retreats which take place in neglected or unusual spaces)

Selected Competition Placings

  • First prize Janus Literary, 2021
  • First prize Bath Flash Fiction, 2019
  • First prize Maírtin Crawford Award, 2018
  • Second prize Bridport Prize, 2020
  • Second prize Reflex Flash Fiction, 2020
  • Second prize FlashBack Fiction, 2018
  • Third prize Anton Chekov Award For Very Short Fiction, 2020
  • Highly commended National Flash Fiction Day Microfiction Contest, 2019
  • Highly commended Federation Writers Scotland Short Story Contest, 2019
  • Notable contender Bristol Prize, 2022
  • Shortlisted Fratured Lit Ghosts, Fables and Fractured Fairy Tales, 2024
  • Shortlisted Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, 2020
  • Shortlisted Flash 500, 2019
  • Shortlisted TSS Flash Fiction, 2019
  • Longlisted Mslexia Flash Fiction, 2020
  • Longlisted Flash 500 Novel Opening, 2023
  • Longlisted BBC National Short Story Award, 2022

Selected Publications

Novella:

  • Among These Animals, novella-in-flash, 2021, shortlisted in best novella category at the Saboteur Awards

Short Stories:

  • Advent, commissioned and published by Levenshulme Old Library, 2024
  • May We Know Them (anthologised in Of Myths and Mothers), Fly On The Wall, 2022
  • Seeds (anthologised in To Hull And Back), 2018

Flash Fiction / Creative Non-fiction / Microfiction:

  • Time and Tide, MoonPark Review, March 2023
  • A House That Refuses To Be Haunted, Ellipsis, November 2022
  • It’s Only A Cell If You Call It One and We Never Did, Ellipsis, November 2021
  • Teenage Girls Screaming In Cars, The Lone Women Wood, September 2021
  • The Numbers Game, Okay Donkey, May 2019
  • Amongst These Animals, The Forge, March 2019
  • A Series Of Small Things, Ellipsis, March 2019
  • The Hardest Thing In This World Is To Live In It, Barrelhouse, March 2019
  • Butterfly Kisses, Spelk, March 2018

Non-fiction:

  • Go Weird or Go Home, article, Writers HQ, March 2021
  • Weird Northern Writing, article, Northern Soul, July 2020
  • A Personal Anthology, short story selection, January 2020

Nominations / Selections

  • Time and Tide, longlisted for Wigleaf Top 50, June 2024
  • A House That Refuses To Be Haunted, selected for Wigleaf Top 50, June 2023
  • It’s Only A Cell If You Call It One And We Never Did, longlisted for Wigleaf Top 50, June 2022
  • Cleft, Best Small Fictions nomination, January 2020
  • So Far Over the Rainbow the Rainbow is a Fucking Dot, selected for The Best British and Irish Flash Fiction 2020
  • The Thing Between Your Legs, longlisted for Wigleaf Top 50, June 2019
  • The Pelt Collector, selected for The Best British and Irish Flash Fiction 2019
  • Al Fine / The End, selected for The Best British and Irish Flash Fiction 2019
  • There’s A Merman Under The Log Flume At Alton Towers, Pushcart Prize nomination, November 2019
  • Before The Nose, Pushcart Prize nomination, November 2019
  • Cleft, Pushcart Prize nomination, November 2019,
  • The Life She Gave Me, Pushcart Prize nomination, November 2019
  • The Hardest Thing In This World Is To Live In It, Best of The Net nomination, September 2019
  • To My Three Year Old, Naked In The Bath, Best of the Net nomination, September 2019
  • Great Sorrows are Mute, Best Microfictions nomination, November 2019

Originally posted 2020-01-05 11:47:22.


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