Wildflower - Flash Fiction

My piece of flash fiction, Wildflower, won third prize in the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition. As my story will now be used by Interact Stroke Support as one of the stories that is read by actors to stroke survivors in order to help recover memory and language function, I won’t be attempting to publish it elsewhere, so I thought I may as well publish it here. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Third Prize - Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

I am delighted to have won third prize in the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition run by Interact Stroke Support. Interact are a fabulous charity who send actors into hospitals and care centres to do dramatic readings of short stories to people recovering from strokes. The benefits to the recovery of memory and language abilities of these survivors are quite wonderful. The competition was for 1000-word stories in any genre (not just crime!

My Writing Room

I don’t often do blog updates as my writing life is somewhat slower than it used to be. I am still working on my next novel - and enjoying it very much, now I’ve taken any pressure off myself to actually finish it by a certain deadline. I am writing each chapter by hand first and I am amazed at the difference this is making to me creatively! It’s brilliant.


Happy International Womens’ Day, friends! Here are some of the literary women in my life (or at least, on my shelves)…

Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day, friends! I thought it would be fun to recommend a few books that I’ve loved reading. When deciding which ones to select I hit on two criteria: They have to be books physically on the shelves of my house now (which means I’ve skipped a lot of books I’ve borrowed or read on Kindle or given away). They need to be from a broad range of genres.