Apologies to any goose, I might have scared by saying “Boo(k)” to them. Although, geese are not easily scared, by the way. I’m here to say that, contrary to appearances, I am writing things. If they get anywhere, you, my imaginary friends, will be the first to know.

But for the meantime, if you are in the UK, you can get the New Short Stories series books, and a couple of poetry anthologies, for nothing but the cost of p&p, here.

N.B. Don’t forget to enter coupon code UKFEB2018 and CLICK APPLY or you’ll be charged £4 per book. You’ll still get a chance to review the total before checkout, so don’t worry too much. It’s all PayPal, by the way. And you can use PayPal without having a PayPal account, as they handle credit cards too. And never start on one of these N.B.s, because they go on fo…..

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Co-Edited with Lane Ashfeldt

As announced on

I have just sent a newsletter to our 1762 subscribers, with the cover reveal, biographies, publication details etc for Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 10 and other news. Link to view online: Newsletter.

Many thanks to Stratos Fountoulis for the cover design and once again to Lane Ashfeldt, to Liars’ League for continuing support over the years, and to the much-missed Willesden Green Writers’ Group, who helped keep this competition going through hell & high water. And all writers everywhere, here’s to you!

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Riot Felice – Smoker

This is something I wrote when I was supposed to be writing something else, recently. And before you tell me, I know The Observer is a Sunday paper.

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Co-Edited with Katy Darby

See you at The Performance Space, Willesden Library Centre, 7:30 pm December 8th for the launch. Katy Darby will announce who will walk away with the priceless mug for 2016. Authors are flying in from far and wide. Actors will read a few short excerpts. Fun will be had.

Update: First prize went to Love and Hair by Olga Zilberbourg, a Russian writer based in San Francisco. Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 9 is now available from our own & other online booksellers. For report, videos and more, please visit New Short Stories.

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“Jailbreak” has been chosen as one of the stories on the theme Justice & Mercy for the Liars’ League wing-ding at 7:30 pm Tuesday March 8th, downstairs at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP. It’s a new story in the Adventures of Carmencita series. I’m well chuffed and looking forward to all the performances on the night.


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Glimmer Train

My story “The Babby” has been accorded honourable mention in the Glimmer Train September “Family Matters” short story competition. I am particularly chuffed as it was one of over a thousand entries, and found itself under the eyes of the marvellous Susan and Linda, the sisters behind Glimmer Train.

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English Wednesdays

He’s buried there in Whitefriar Street
and they are buried too,
the disappeared,
all the matronly types I fell for…

My poem “Valentine” is published today in Staxtes magazine English Wednesdays.

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“It’s very easy to say I’d never do this, I’d never do that. I’d never, it’s easy, you say. But you don’t know, you don’t really know what you’d do unless you land in a situation. …”

Criminals by SJ Moran (Spelk Fiction, March 2015)


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Wake-Up Call

I have a poem in The Stare’s Nest today. At the time I wrote it I used to go to Leeds quite frequently for work and usually, though not always, stayed in the Hilton hotel beside the station. Sometimes I stayed at the Holiday Inn. Oh those expense account days!

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She’s back

Time Out, Carmencita - cover

Everybody is dying to meet her. Literally. She scythes her way through the oddballs who answer her lonely hearts advert, who frequent singles bars or are merely fated to encounter her by chance. Still, it’s no good to dwell on past misfortune, especially when it’s not hers. (Time Out, Carmencita – new edition for Kindle, 2014. £0.77p)

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