Sunday, 28 November 2021

Publications

Most of my flash fiction and micros are from the past couple of years, writing in the margins, between work, life and everything. 

Stories also forthcoming in - Bath Flash Fiction Anthology - Bath Short Story Anthology - Flash Fiction Festival Anthology 2021 - Smokelong

November 2021 ⬇️⬇️⬇️

⏩ Eclipsed Spread the Word & London Wildlife Trust This is Our Place Anthology. 

⏩ A Portrait of War and Love Ellipsiszine#10 (Print) 

⏩ Woodbine Reflex Fiction Autumn 2021 Flash Fiction Competition (4th place) 

⏩ The Animals of Göbekli Tepe  The Phare Literary Magazine 

⏩ The Acorns of Bartlett Park  Sydney Gardens Park Bath Tree Weekender prose competition winner. Check out Longlist here. 

Born Free Paragraph Planet

⏩ Night Bathing Highlands and Islands Short Story Association (HISSAC) Flash Fiction Winner 

October 2021

Guys I Meet Before I Die Half Empty Magazine - Sweet & Sour Issue 

Watermelon Metropolis Litro Magazine - Nature Issue

⏩ Mixtape for an Amusiac Sledgehammer Literary Journal

Three Hours and Seven Minutes Reflex Fiction Longlist 

⏩ I Am Coin  EllipsisZine

September 2021

Convenience Store Babies Janus Literary Issue 5

⏩ My Velcro Baby Retreat West Festival Micro Competition Winner

The Girl with the Farrah Fawcett Hair Emerge Literary Journal

⏩ We're playing doctors and nurses.... Paragraph Planet

⏩ Turtle on the Dotted Line Reflex Fiction

⏩ Twenty-one Species of Fish Called Sardine  Oxford Flash Fiction Prize Winner

August 2021

Killing Flies  Scissors & Spackle (Emerge Literary Journal) 

⏩ Watering the Garden at 4am  The Mambo Academy of Kitty Wang presents 'Millipede Ranch' from Blink Ink (Print)

July 2021

⏩ Babies Falling from the Sky Crack the Spine Anthology: The Year 2020 (Print)

Goldilocks and My Imaginary Family Free Flash Fiction Competition Winner

Stain Rejection Letters 

Don't Tell Me What to Wear Paragraph Planet 

⏩ Leaving Him Ellipsis Zine Issue #9 (Print) 

June 2021

The Soft Th Janus Literary

⏩ No Birds' Nests in the Tree Next Door NFFD Flash Flood Journal

⏩ Cardiac Ablation 50 Word Stories

⏩ Contact Lenses in  Beguiled by a Wild Thing Anthology Reflex Press (Print)

May 2021 

In the Other's Mouth Emerge Literary Journal

The Alligator Clock Ellipsis Zine

The Recovery Position The Daily Drunk Magazine

April 2021 

Under the Kitchen Table SVJ Schuylkill Valley Journal 

⏩ Trespass to the Person Versification Misfit Micros

A Body of Water Reflex Fiction 

March 2021

Orphan Negative Paragraph Planet 

White Line  Gone Lawn

Forced Moulting Gone Lawn

Like Rain  Blues Doodles 

February 2021

⏩ She Leaves Offerings on Doorsteps Schuylkill Valley Journal (Print)

⏩ The Unbirthday at the Border Schuylkill Valley Journal (Print)

⏩ There is no Ocean in the Bucket  Schuylkill Valley Journal (Print)

Rot  Reflex Fiction 

January 2021

Meat Raffle  Janus Literary Journal

I Wear Other People  EllipsisZine

Providing Opportunities For Another to Excel  50 - Word Stories

On the 11th day of Christmas   Paragraph Planet 

December 2020

Sowing Sea Meadows   Litro

⏩ The Man I Live With The Hunterian - Alcohol in the Archives Journal

How I Wonder  Friday Flash Fiction

Pine  Friday Flash Fiction

⏩ Between Rivers  City Lit Anthology: Between the Lines 2020 (Print & Ebook )  

Menhirs  Friday Flash Fiction

November 2020

The Black-lacquered Bowl  Fudoki

The Succulent  50 - Word Stories

Beans  Mum Life Stories - Competition & Anthology

October 2020

⏩ The Indentation of Pearls  Hysteria 21 - Competition and Anthology

Dear Joy  Friday Flash Fiction

The Proper Respect for Water  London Independent Story Prize

Bubble-wrap and Brown Paper  Virtualzine

September 2020

⏩ Cloudburst '72  The London Reader - Cyberpunk 2020 1ssue

Contact Lenses  Reflex Fiction Longlist

Connected  Paragraph Planet

⏩ Overcharged with Dead  Mslexia Issue #87 (Print)

August 2020

Remington Made Typewriters  Friday Flash Fiction

Paper Cranes  50 - Word Stories

Duck and Cover  Liars League - Performed by Lin Sagovsky

Landed My First Kick-flip  Paragraph Planet

July 2020

Covid Time Capsule Items List (Archive Copy)  100 Words of Solitude - Life in the Time of Corona

a measurement of silence in one hundred words  Fish Publishing - Lockdown Prize & Anthology - Third Place

June 2020

⏩ The Berlin Heart  Paper and Ink Literary Zine #16 - The Rebellion Issue (Print)

⏩ Circle Time  Bridge House Publishing - Waterloo Festival Competition Anthology

Rubin's Vase  NFFD Flash Flood Journal

May 2020

⏩ The Karma Economy  Crack the Spine: The Year Anthology (Print)

April 2020

⏩ 7 Photos Lie on My Mother's Body  Thorn Literary Magazine

⏩ Rising and Falling with the Sea  Thorn Literary Magazine

The Birthday Cake Approaches  Paragraph Planet

Tulips for the Homeless  Reflex Fiction

March 2020

The Room on the Ledge  The Wellington Review Issue #5

⏩ The Cubital Fossa  EllipsisZine Issue #7: She Cries Honey Anthology (Print)

Other Uses for a Woman's Body  Lunate International Women's Day Micro Competition Winner

⏩ Life Sentence Mslexia: Issue #85 (Print)

February 2020

Pancakes  Paragraph Planet

⏩ Harvest  Crack the Spine: Neighbours Anthology (Print)

Pre 2020

Fruit is the New Gold  Paragraph Planet

Submarine  Jellyfish Review: Issue #51 Metalheads

⏩ Red Grass  The London Reader: The Motherhood Issue   (Print)

My Father the Somniloquist  Short Edition: Online and Story Dispensers 

⏩ Flamingos of the Salinas  Spread the Word: City of Stories Anthology (Print)

⏩ My Mother Left Me for a Tree  Retreat West: Word for Freedom - Anthology Celebrating 100 years of Women's Suffrage (Print)

The Old Man and The Balloon  The Magnolia Review - Balloon Issue

Under the Gaze of the Lion  EllipsisZine

⏩ Rusted  Paper and Ink Literary Zine # - The Punk Issue (Print)

The Shop of Preserved Curiosities  Dear Damsels - Curiosity Issue

Soul Brothers  NFFD Flash Flood Journal

Lost Words   Friday Flash Fiction 


Monday, 20 September 2021

We're Playing Doctors and Nurses


This story began on my way to work at our youth centre, when a young woman passed me wearing a mask under her chin as if it was the most natural thing in the world. 

I thought about how I'd never seen a surgical mask in a doctor or nurse toy set and I fast-forwarded into a post-apocalyptic world (or maybe somewhere now) and thought about the consequences of discarded masks, a discarded health service, and a discarded world and the irony of the term 'stranger-danger' when statistically we are more likely to be hurt by people we know.

The story is pretty creepy I know. I'm hoping it makes the reader uneasy. I think it's a good thing when I'm not feeling comfortable about something, it's harder to ignore.

Thanks Paragraph Planet for publishing this. Writers, send any 75 worders you have their way here

Monday, 30 August 2021

Watering the Garden at 4am

'Watering the Garden at 4am' is a 50 word story published in The Mambo Academy of Kitty Wang presents 'Millipede Ranch' by Blink Ink.

 

Sapsuckers by Rachel Laundon
 
Dueling by Rachel Laundon
 

I was thinking of the brilliant Gabriel Garcia Marquez story called 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings', and the health worries of a number people I know, and how a decline in physical and mental health can keep a person in a sort of captivity.

According to Prostrate Cancer UK, 'One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer. It already kills more people than breast cancer and by 2030 it’s set to be the most common cancer in the UK.'


Tuesday, 13 April 2021

A Body of Water

A Body of Water is an experimential piece I wrote as a breathless paragraph or as someone else pointed out, a stream of consciousness - which is even more appropriate when you read it.

I wrote it after watching Normal People and a couple of glasses of wine and with a headache that wouldn't let me sleep. I tried using the 'drunk voice' for a character and I read it and liked it and expected I wouldn't in the morning. I did and edited it and the lovely people at Reflex Fiction published it.



Saturday, 27 March 2021

Orphan Negative

Orphan Negative, a 75 word micro, was published by Paragraph Planet. This one was prompted by a QI episode - when I heard the term I knew I wanted to do something with it - and here's what I did!

Monday, 22 March 2021

White Line & Forced Moulting

White Line and Forced Moulting are pieces of flash published by the lovely people at Gone Lawn. Both are stories of mothers in cities doing what it takes to survive. Both were written either side of Halloween 2020 and both are influenced by magic realism and lockdown (but neither are set in lock down). 

White Line is set in Mumbai, prompted by the time I was there when new lines were painted on the road for a visiting VIP. Add to that - life in lockdown with the gap widening  between the haves and have-nots and the rise of domestic violence and all the roads taken and not and all the lines that are crossed. 




I wrote Forced Moulting after Halloween when there was a call for horror stories. I was drained from all the horror - real and fiction and the first line was my response - I have no horror left inside me - and I went from there. And with the second lockdown the food poverty in East London brought a familiar picture of chicks in a nest sqwawking for food and I extended the metaphor to the whole piece. My research on moulting took me to the practice and the title  - Forced Moulting. 

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Friday, 29 January 2021

Meat Raffle

Meat Raffle was published today in the debut issue of the Janus Literary journal. I'm particularly glad to see it out there considering the recent issues of food poverty in lockdown in the UK. 

I see it as a youth worker in a deprived inner city borough. 

I see it as a food bank worker during lockdown. 

Artists like Banksy see it. Years ago the message below appeared on the site of a missing poster board around the corner from where I work and live in London's East End. 

East End of London - Banksy 

Thursday, 21 January 2021

I Wear Other People

I Wear Other People, is a piece of flash published by EllipsisZine. The first paragraph was written new year's day (thinking about empathy) & the second on the 2nd, in a writing sprint from prompts from the first Woolwich Creative Writing Workshop of 2021✍️

Today it was great to watch the inauguration and see some change.

"If we are willing to stand in the other person's shoes...just for a moment, stand in their shoes... the thing about life: there's no accounting for what fate will deal you... Some days, when you need a hand. There are other days when we're called to lend a hand." (Biden, 2021)



"It’s the past we step into and how we repair it... 

We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover... 

Our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it."

(Gormon, 2021 See whole poem here

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Providing Opportunities for Another to Excel

Providing Opportunities for Another to Excel is a 50-worder published by 50-Word Stories. It was inspired by those times when people feel unable to cope and don't ask for help and those times when people need to be needed and those times when people are stronger than they know. 

Monday, 4 January 2021

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas  published by Paragraph Planet, was inspired by all those Christmas trees that appear out on kerb the day after Boxing Day.

Friday, 25 December 2020

Sowing Sea Meadows

Lovely to have a story up on Litro on Christmas day. There's no mention of Christmas in it but like my mum says lots of movies we watch at Christmas don't either but we watch them because they have some of the spirit of Christmas. Hope that 'Sowing Sea Meadows' has.

The story was inspired by an article about the importance of sea meadows and their replanting. 

Monday, 21 December 2020

The Man I Live With

'The Man I Live With' started off in a Sarah Spence online workshop as part of the Being Human Festival. We used objects from The Huntarian as prompts for writing. The one I chose was the temperence medal below:


Read 'The Man I Live With' and other stories inspired by the acchives in the Alchohol in the Archives Journal


Sunday, 20 December 2020

Friday, 18 December 2020

Pine

Pine, published by Friday Flash Fiction was inspired by some of the stories about the homelessness of children in the news and the course material I teach.



Friday, 4 December 2020

Between Rivers

'Between Rivers' was published in the 2020  City Lit anthology launched on December 4th. Check out a free digital copy here or buy the paperback here.


Check out the lauch video below:

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Menhirs

Menhirs - a 100 word micro, published by Friday Flash Fiction, began at the start of the March 2020 lockdown with a picture of chairs in a circle that got me thinking of stone henge and a post apocalyptic scene with a hidden threat. 

It was a much longer piece but it seemed to get better the more words it lost. Like the simplicity of a return to a pre- industrial world.



Saturday, 28 November 2020

The Black-Lacquered Bowl

The Black-lacquered Bowl found its perfect home with Fudoki. Check out their lovely online magazine for your fix of fabulous Myths, Legends, Fables, Fantasy, Folklore and Fairytale. 


 

Monday, 23 November 2020

The Succulent




The Succulent, published by 50 Word Stories, started life in a Charlie Latt writing class when we were asked to pick an object in the room as a prompt.

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Beans

Photo by Deepansh Khurana on Unsplash

Beans was written for the Mum Life Stories anthology and Micro Fiction competition and I was delighted when it won.

Check out the story, the judges comments and what inspired it here.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

The Indentation of Pearls


The Indentation of Pearls made it as a Finalist and will be published in the Hysteria paperback anthology with quite a few writers I admire. 

Friday, 16 October 2020

Dear Joy

Dear Joy is a drabble I wrote, at a time joy seemed to be in short supply and it popped up this evening on Friday Flash Fiction

Friday, 9 October 2020

The Proper Respect for Water

 

 

The Proper Respect for Water, a piece of flash fiction, about a girl learning to navigate, float and swim in the patriarchal seas, was a semi-finalist in the London Independent Story Prize

➤ Check out my interview, where I talk about it and writing flash, here.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Bubble-wrap and Brown Paper

Bubble-wrap and Brown Paper, published by Virtualzine, was born in the Bishopsgate Institute during a Vicky Grut creative writing class in January 2020. When it was published today I was surprised to see the mention of 'banana bread' as I'd written this story months before the craze started. This is an example of how things might have more significance to the reader than a writer might have intended and fits nicely in with the themes in this story.

Monday, 5 October 2020

Cloudburst '72

Cloudburst '72 is published in the Cyberpunk 2020 issue of The London Reader. I'm delighted to have my name on the same front page as one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement and Nebula award winners like Ken Liu, James Patrick Kelly, and Cat Rambo and Arthur C Clarke Award-winners Gwyneth Jones and Lauren Beukes....and Jakub Szamałek - the principal writer for the game Cyberpunk 2077. Pretty illustrious company for my little story!

But more than that I'm glad to have a platform to explore climate change, sustainability, technology and the human relationships of the future.

The London Reader’s Foreword: This sharply-worded piece of minifiction by Rosaleen Lynch cuts into 2172 and a world ravaged by climate change. Her quick-paced and fine-tuned take on a solarpunk future explores the dense subjects of climate catastrophe and reproductive technology. Despite the state of the devastated world, life emerges when least expected.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses found the perfect home in Reflex Fiction (the name says it all). They publish stories between 180 and 360 words - the perfect place for a story about the lenses we see through,

 'Write what you know' people say. For this story I knew something about...

  • Wearing contact lenses and glasses
  • Shifts in perspective both psychological and physical
  • The cost of things when you're skint
  • Feeling powerless
  • Getting ready to go on demonstrations to protest & marching on the streets

I don't know everything about these subjects and that's where this story began - with something I didn't know about something I did.  

I wrote it in May 2020 when I was ill, when much of the time all I could do was empathize with and support from afar the protests in the US.

BLM Amnesty Int Front Page
Amnesty International  Front Page

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Connected

Connected is another 75 word micro published by Paragraph Planet prompted by this Independent article with the headline:

MYSTERIOUS 'HEARTBEAT' DETECTED COMING FROM COSMIC GAS CLOUD

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Overcharged with Dead

Overcharged with Dead was inspired by a QI fact and a Jude Higgins online workshop prompt. I wrote the words 'Winchester Geese' on my phone during an episode of QI and did some research into the Southward sex workers named after the Bishop of Winchester who gave out prostitution licensees to work in this area of London. 

When Jude asked us to look out on the solstice morning and write about it, I wondered what lockdown would be like for a sex worker during the pandemic. 

I entered it for the 'Home' themed flash fiction prompt in Mslexia and I was delighted that Meg Pokrass chose it for the Exploring Our Animal Natures Issue 87.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Remington Made Typewriters

I wrote Remington Made Typewriters after watching a great documentary (if you love typewriters) starring Tom Hanks called California Typewriter

This 100 word flash explores that age old adage about the pen being mightier than the sword and found a home with Friday Flash Fiction.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Paper Cranes

Paper Cranes, published by 50-Word Stories, is a micro I wrote on the 6th of August, the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. 

My tiny fiction takes some inspiration from the real life story of Sadako Sasaki and the hope symbolised in the paper crane. 



Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Duck and Cover

Duck and Cover was one of the winning stories performed by the wonderful Lin Sagovsky at the 'Women and Girls' Liars League event on August 11th.

Read it or listen to it here or watch 👇

Friday, 7 August 2020

Landed My First Kick-flip

This micro, published by Paragraph Planet on August 6th, was inspired by a video of the joy of a Ukrainian girl landing her first kickflip. With the increased interest in pursuits like skateboarding, it is wonderful to see that some good has come from difficult times. 




Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Covid19 Time Capsule Items List (Archive Copy)


I wrote this tiny cautionary tale for the project, inspired by Tim Harford's concerns about having enough glass vials, even if we get enough Covid19 vaccine.


Monday, 22 June 2020

The Berlin Heart

The Berlin Heart is in Paper and Ink Literary Zine #16, the Rebellion Issue. Available for pre-order.




One pound from every zine pre-order, and five pounds from print sales, will be donated to Stop Hate UK. An anti hate crime charity that does great work here in the UK, and is sadly needed more than ever given the current state of affairs.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Circle Time

Circle Time was one of the winners of the Waterloo Festival short story competition run in collaboration with Bridge House Publishing with the theme of : Transforming Communities

The ebook anthology of winning entries was launched on June 12th at an online event and will be published in paperback with the previous year's winners as part of a trilogy of themes in December. 


Saturday, 6 June 2020

Rubin's Vase

Rubin's Vase was published on National Flash Fiction Day 2020 on June 6th.

I got the idea after I watched an episode of Tales from the Loop when a character was shown as being missing from everywhere they had been. I liked the idea of filling that space. 

I researched 'negative space' and started the piece on my phone before I went to sleep and finished it on my laptop next day, pushing for the NFFD FlashFlood deadline. 

'Ma' is used in my story, not just as a missing maternal family figure but as the Japanese word roughly translated as 'negative space'. 

Although the story started out with the name 'Negative Space' when I saw another flash of the same name I changed it. I knew of Rubin's Vase but didn't know that's what it was called. It fit perfectly with my themes around communication, shifting perspective and filling in the blanks.




Wednesday, 27 May 2020

The Karma Economy


The Karma Economy was published in May in Crack the Spine: The Year Anthology 2019.


THE YEAR
A Crack the Spine Anthology
2019

In June 2019 I went to a free event at the Barbican run by The Orwel Foundation's Ministry of Plenty. This event and the 70th anniversary of George Orwell's book 1984 prompted this piece, as well as campaign's such as 'me too' and those related to mental health and inequality, in an increasingly capitalist society where much data is quantitative rather than qualitative and the 1% outweigh the other 99%.

The Karma Economy is looking at what it would be like to balance the books in a different way. To read this piece and some other fantastic stories find it to buy here or you can check out the first few pages for free and read my story there.


Wednesday, 15 April 2020

7 Photos Lie on My Mother's Body | Rising & Falling with the Sea

These two were published on April 15th in Thorn Literary Magazine (Spring Issue, 2020 p.22-25).

Rising and Falling with the Sea went through many incarnations. I nearly gave up on it. It helped to leave it alone and come back to it after reading other stories for inspiration. It started in a workshop by Judith Johnson where the challenge was to start a story with a body. The Perkins-Gilman story The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) prompted the addition of magic realism & references to mental health. Woolf's To the Lighthouse (1927) gave me the title, the refrain and the artist view and for the most recent draft I reread Shelly's Ozymandias (1826).

I wrote Seven Photos Lie on My Mother's Body more recently, to have a go at a list story. I like exploring memory as a theme because I have no autobiographical memory and have to rely on photos and other people's memories - both of which can lie.


Thorn Lit Mag (1.1) SPRING 2020