Reading at BAR Gallery, 2014

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

My story “The Babby” achieved honourable mention in the Glimmer Train Family Matters short story competition, September 2015.

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.

One of my contributions to WriteThis was listed among the “notable stories of 2006” by Story South Million Writers Award.

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

Piano Smashing Blues

You can read my short story “Piano Smashing Blues” online at Pulp.net.

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