Human Resources at Putney Arts Theatre

It was an absolute delight this weekend to go to London to see my play, HUMAN RESOURCES, live on stage at Putney Arts Theatre. PAT ran a competition for new one-act stage plays and I was so thrilled to be selected. As I only started writing scripts after the start of the pandemic (I know… great timing, right?), this was my first opportunity to see something of mine performed live. Really special that it was a full one-act as well.

Novella Available for Pre-orders

My novella, At the Bottom of the Stairs, is now available for ordering from Reflex Press. Publication date is 10th May, but you can beat the rush by pre-ordering a paperback by clicking HERE. (An e-book version will be available after publication). As we approach publication day, I am in the No-Man’s Land of being both terrified that people are actually going to read it, and terrified that nobody is going to read it.

2021 in Books

I love looking back at the end of the year and remembering all the fantastic books I’ve read or listened to. In 2021, I read 28 books - lots of novel, as well as some short story collections and a bit of non-fiction. I also listened to 19 audiobooks. (And I read tonnes of play scripts for work!) Out of the 47 books I read/listened to this year, I gave eight of them 10/10 for how much I enjoyed them:

Bath Flash Fiction - Commended

I’m delighted to have been Commended in this quarter’s Bath Flash Fiction competition. There were 1212 entries from 44 different countries, so I’m thrilled to have made the top five! The competition is for stories under 300 words, and I so rarely have stories this length - I think I might have only entered once before, but didn’t even make the longlist. Every year, the organisers produce an anthology of the 200 stories that made up their four, 50-strong longlists from the year, so my aim really was to try to sneak into that.

Script Writing

Over the last year and a half I haven’t been writing much prose fiction. Partly that is due to a good few bouts of home-schooling my boys! But also, it is because I have - and I’m finally ready to admit this - started writing play scripts. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but felt I had no right to, somehow! Although I went to see a lot of amateur and semi-professional theatre as a kid, it still seemed like an alien world.