The sky was gold streaks and white streaks, an expensive look, stormy. Diagonals ruled. Under the streaks came blue woodland in bar shapes, sliced up by firebreaks. Somewhere there my brother Ray lived."


As Rivers Flow

Assumin'," she adds between kisses, "you will be lookin' your best as we get outta here. I don't want us goin' someplace and you arrivin' like a flower."


Call It Tender

Father said he would put his kettle on. Shuffling to the kitchen he picked up the phone. Put it down. Came back and sat down; wondered why no water boiled."


As Rivers Flow

Miss Heidi said I could write in my diary Miss Heidi introduced me to sex, there was a broom cupboard on the third floor and we were to go there straight away and we did."


The Most Serene Republic

Your time roaming is over, no more wild praries, no lullaby in the bushes not far from Kenwood, no viola in the corner."


even the butterfly must endure the storm

words and music

A unique collaborative project for words and music - played on iPad and iPhone - with the musician Jan Pulsford and begun at the beginning of 2013. Jan is in her own words a 'producer, songwriter, keyboardist, virtual artist and explorer in the world of music and technology'. She wrote for and played with Cyndi Lauper and the Thompson Twins. Jan now presents her ambient music online in regular shows to a global audience.

The collaboration at present consists of seven short pieces. These have been performed at a number of venues including the National Portrait Gallery and Write Idea Festival in London. 'The pink house' will be available online later this year at Axon in Australia.

chandelier is adapted from the story 'Ana does the twist' (in the 2013 collection even the butterfly must endure the storm).

The pilot, adapted from 'Parrett' (As Rivers Flow)

Australia, adapted from 'Here comes the pianist' (The Most Serene Republic)

America and China, adapted from 'Seine' (As Rivers Flow)

The pink house, written with the project in mind. It was published and can be heard at Axon (Australia).

Cool, again written with the project very much in mind. Cool has been taken by the online publisher, Fleeting.

Chelsea was shortlisted for the 2015 Sean O'Faolain prize for fiction. Also available at Axon.

Tearful was in summer 2016 commended and published as part of the Bath Flash Fiction award.

 

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