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Talking About Lily May - This short story follows Sam, a middle-aged blues musician, in his quest to win the heart of a charming young back-up singer. It was recorded by the voiceover artist and actor AND musician Tom Clarke-Hill, and is followed by the song Sam wrote to express his feelings to Lily May. Only the lyrics appear in the story, of course, and I’m indebted to Tom (on bass and vocals) and Phil Bond (on keys) for the melody, and the recording. They also performed the story and song at Word.Play.Live, a terrific event organised by Brum Radio’s Blake Woodham, at the Warehouse Café in Birmingham on 8 October 2018.

A Message for George, Whose Essay on Pride and Prejudice I Found in the Grass - When I see writing on discarded paper, I always pick it up. The inspiration for this piece was a crumpled essay. I disagreed with many of the teacher’s red comments, and offered young George, wherever he may be, a few pointers. It was recorded and produced by Brum Radio for their ‘Word Play’ feature.

The Perfect Wife - It’s a long time now since we welcomed another woman into our home. Here is what I thought at the beginning regarding getting used to her.



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8 Ways to Avoid Every Novelist’s Least Favorite Question

I had an idea for a bit of writerly humor, and my husband helped me make this video. I hope it gives you a giggle!

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Here there are links to published short stories as well as essays and other writing.

His Odette - On the Seawall, 2018 - read it here
Pete is obsessed with a Bolshoi ballerina. Is this what keeps him from connecting with the woman in his bed?

Sitting, Standing, Mending - LossLit, 2017 - read it here
Two couples on an island off the coast of Maine react to the fact that one of the wives seems to be turning British.

Umbilical - Synaesthesia, 2017 - read it here 
A pair of brothers are determined to win a seemingly impossible prize at the funfair in the Tuileries Gardens.

Waiting for Godot - The Musical - Barrelhouse Issue 17, 2017 - buy it here 
Millie and Randall are improvisers, both in performance and in their relationship. What happens when they improvise beyond their own moral boundaries?.

The Summer Smiley Saved Me - Bookanista, 2017- read it here
I spent the summer of 1989 in Taipei, with a broken heart, a ridiculous job, roommates who didn't want to eat with me, and the horror of the Tiananmen Massacre to contend with. Here's how reading helped me through.

Postcard from Droitwich - read it here

A Message for George, Whose Essay on Pride and Prejudice I Found in the Grass - read it here
When I see writing on discarded paper, I always pick it up. The inspiration for this piece was a crumpled essay. I disagreed with many of the teacher’s red comments, and offered young George, wherever he may be, a few pointers.

Long-tall Adam - read it here
Inspired by a magazine feature in which eight acclaimed writers shared unforgettable summer experiences, I wrote my own.

Cryptic Poems - read them here
I gave myself some crossword clues and the answers as writing prompts for a bit of creative effort. It’s really fun! Try it!