I was born in Dublin, emigrated and ended up in London in my mid-twenties. I am married and have a grown-up son.
Reasons To Be Cheerful
I won the Small Wonder short story slam in 2013 with a story that consisted entirely of questions.
One of my stories was in a book, The Monkey’s Typewriter, which won the £3,000 first prize in a national competition, the Raymond Williams Award, administered by Arts Council England. The book was a project of Willesden Green Writers’ Group and my contribution was called Gerry Boysey’s Human Circus.
My poem “The first time the Earth went round by the Sun” was long-listed for the Fish poetry prize 2013.
My short story collection The London Silence was nominated by the publisher for a Guardian First Book Award (2004).
I did most of the short-listing, with help from some good friends, and edited seven anthologies (soon to be eight) for the Willesden Herald short story competition.
Samples of Writing
You can read my short story “Piano Smashing Blues” online at Pulp.net.
I have posted a lot of poems around the web, of the order of seventy or eighty perhaps, and kept a few more to myself. I think it would be cool to publish a selection of them in print. Watch this space, as they say.
Thanks for stopping by.