About

Reading at BAR Gallery, 2014

I was born in Dublin and made my way to London on a bike in my mid-twenties. It’s where I can still be found, though ever further out, most recently as far as Harrow. I no longer own a bicycle.

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, which had a rude name I’ll not assail your eyes with here today, 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 have edited or co-edited nine anthologies of short stories and two of poetry. And it’s no exaggeration to say those books outsold even the first edition of Moby-Dick.