Friday, 5 August 2022

Publications

My flash fiction & micros are mostly from the past few years, writing in the margins, between work, life & everything. 

Stories also forthcoming in - Fudoki Anthology - Retreat West - Flash Fiction Festival Anthology - The Brick Lane Short Story Anthology

August 2022 ⬇️⬇️⬇️ 

The Pigeon-Pea Princess of Sanganakallu - Fractured Lit

The Watchtower Seasons - New Flash Fiction Review

July 2022

What if Your Mother was the Woman Next Door - Ellipsis Zine

June 2022

⏩ A Sin to See Through Glass - National Flash Fiction Day 'Freedom' Anthology (Print)

FRAKTA National Flash Fiction Day Flash Flood 2022

⏩ The Measure of You - Crossing The Tees Flash Mob Anthology 

⏩ Gummy Bears - Tower Hamlets winner published in City of Stories Home anthology by Spread the Word

May 2022 

The Fish Tank Mangroves Canopy  - Urban Tree Festival runner-up

⏩ The Norwegian Spruce Seeds of the Svalbard Vault Urban Tree Festival Longlist

April 2022 

Twenty-one Species of Fish Called Sardine Oxford Flash Fiction Prize Anthology (print) 

⏩ CHAW Great Flash Fiction Festival Throwdown (Winner)

⏩ The Life Cycle of Fire & Note Craft

⏩ Stick and Poke Reflex Fiction (Longlist) 

March 2022

⏩ Per Procurationem Flash Fiction Festival Anthology, Volume 4

Recipe for Sustenance to avoid the End of the World as We Know it with Fresh Roles Flash Fiction Festival Anthology, Volume 4 (Technical Challenge Winner) 

⏩ The Almost-kiss Tiny Molecules

⏩ The Animals of Göbekli Tepe & Podcast The Phare

⏩ Always Sunset Retreat West Flash Festival Competition

 The Tucana Constellation of the Southern Skies Walk Listen Create

⏩ Torn EllipsisZine 

February 2022 

 The Soapstone Girl Dances Paragraph Planet

Spill Reflex Fiction (Longlist) 

December 2021

⏩ Plink Paragraph Planet

Our Lady of Perpetual Plastic & Smoke & Mirrors interview Smokelong Quarterly 

⏩ Duct Tape Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology (Print) Longlist

⏩ Hail Bath Short Story Award 2021 Anthology (Print) Shortlist

November 2021 

⏩ Eclipsed Spread the Word & London Wildlife Trust This is Our Place Anthology (Print & Download) 

⏩ 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 


Saturday, 14 May 2022

Cli-Fi


Check out some of my online flash fiction which includes nature, growth in all its connotations and climate concerns around weather, environment, migration, mental health, fertility, cycles and inequality. From 50 words anthropomorphising a succulent to speculative fiction about babies sold in convenience stores or houses with built-in skies.

 

🌴  The Fish Tank Mangroves Canopy - Urban Tree Festival Shortlist 

🌴  The Norwegian Spruce Seeds of the Svalbard Vault UTF Longlist

🌴  The Life Cycle of Fire & Note Craft

🌴  Always Sunset Retreat West Flash Festival Competition

🌴  Plink Paragraph Planet

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

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

🌴  The Acorns of Bartlett Park  Sydney Gardens Park Bath Tree Weekender prose winner. 

🌴  Watermelon Metropolis Litro Magazine - Nature Issue

🌴  Convenience Store Babies Janus Literary Issue 5

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

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

🌴  Sowing Sea Meadows   Litro 

🌴  The Succulent  50 - Word Stories

🌴  Tulips for the Homeless  Reflex Fiction  

🌴  Other Uses for a Woman's Body  Lunate Int. Women's Day Micro Competition Winner

 


Wednesday, 6 April 2022

5 Flash Fiction Writers (including me)

I was thrilled to be mentioned in this  article today in JMW by Mandira Mattnaik, called Beginners Guide to 5 Flash Writers and Their Unique Styles recommending my flash fiction amongst some of my favourite flash fiction writers--Bronwen Griffiths, Patricia Q. Bidar, Jo Withers and Sara Hills. 

Check out the article and learn more about these writers and flash fiction. 


And here are links to the 3 stories of mine which Mandira recommends:
 
Watermelon Metropolis published in the Nature issue of Litro Magazine.

Twenty-oneSpecies of Fish Called Sardine, the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize Winner.

TheAlligator Clock published by Ellipsis Zine.
 
 

Sunday, 28 November 2021

The Acorns of Bartlett Park

'The Acorns of Bartlett Park' is a piece of micro-fiction, that was written for and won the prose catgory of the Sydney Gardens Tree Weekender Writing Competition and was awarded this fabulous illustration of the story by Alban Low

Sydney Gardens Tree Weekender Writing Competition

Prompt: Trees in our local public gardens and parks have a special place in our hearts. They have boosted our spirits and willingly offered us something to hug! We want you to put your feelings about trees in public gardens and parks into just 250 words.We invite you to write a flash story or poem of 250 words or under about trees in your local public garden or park.

My story is about a tree in Bartlett Park in the East End of London. I'd been in this park with my partner sheltering in the rain with a carpet of acorns under our feet. As a child and a mother and youth worker I've played with acorns like these but this story is also about the stories we tell our children. The stories we tell them for fun or protection or to explain what we do not know. About nature and our nature. Some stories get changed over time, and we forget that Pinochio's maker Geppetto told the first lie, and not Pinochio, in Carlo Collodi's original story - Adventures of Pinocchio: The Story of a Puppet (1881-1883). I wrote my story thinking about climate change deniers and Covid deniers, wondering about the stories they will tell their children, and the stories those children will tell theirs.

👂 Listen to all the shortlisted stories read here.

Sydney Gardens Tree Weekender is a partnership project between ReThinking Cities and the Sydney Gardens Project and this competition was run by Rethinking Cities/Museum of Walking on behalf Bath and Northeas Somerset Council.

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Eclipsed

Photo by Kashif Haque
'Eclipsed', was published in print in the nature writing anthology, This is Our Place by Spread the Word and the London Wildlife Trust, and can be downloaded here

'Eclipsed' began life on June 10th in a Charlie Latimer class (@Charlie_Lat). We were talking about writing and when we get stuck or can't start. We were asked to write 'one true sentence' in the Hemingway tradition of when he told himself...

"Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there.  (A Moveable Feast, Hemingway, 1964)

My 'one true sentence' was:

'The sun eclipsed looks like a crescent moon.' 

There had been a solar eclipse that day and this became a refrain in the story and 'Eclipsed' was then developed in the Spread the Word and London Wildlife Trust nature writing workshops (@STWevents & @WildLondon).

Here's what was going on in my head and in the world, that influenced the story...

  1. A solar eclipse that loooked like a cresent moon.
  2. Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' 
  3. Urban nature, seasonal cycles, from the human body to the solar system
  4. Domestic abuse triggered in pregnancy
  5. Rise of Domestic Abuse numbers in lockdown
  6. Domestic Violence websites 'hide' button
  7. Reports of  billionaires going into space when people on earth are going to foodbanks and earth is going to pot. 

This Is Our Place was launched by Spread the Word and the London Wildlife Trust, on the 27th of November at Camley Street Natural Park. The event had live streamed readings from the project’s writers-in-residence, Jackee Holder, Elspeth Wilson, Laura Barker, LiLi K. Bright and Anita Sethi, alongside writers like me, whose work had been selected as part of the anthology showcasing voices in nature writing.

Friday, 1 October 2021

I Am Coin

'I Am Coin' published by EllipsisZine started off at the Stay-at-Home Literary Festival 2020.

The festival began as a single tweet by CJ Cooke, an award-winning author and senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow. A few short weeks later the festival launched, bringing together 220 authors and industry professionals with support from lead partner, Paper Nations. With 145 events held over two weeks, Stay-at-Home! debuted as one of the largest literary festivals in the United Kingdom.

The story came from prompts from two free and fantastic workshops, where an object was the starting point.

27 April 2020 -  Morning Workout with Susmita Bhattacharya - prompts (see link) included listing objects a character would carry and what they tell us abut the character in a situation.

1st May 2020 - Experimental Writing with Dr Tawnya Selene Renelle - prompts included writing from the perspective of a 'cherished object' and what the object sees, hears and feels.

The cherised object I chose was a silver coin (dated 1888) my grandmother recieved on her wedding day and gave to me the year my daughter was born in 1988. I was reminded of the letter she sent with it saying it wasn't worth much but meant a lot. I'd written 'Other Uses for a Woman's Body' thinking about the effects of climate change and 'I Am Coin', writing from the perspective of a coin fit with themes around the objectification and commodification of womens bodies like in sex work and human trafficking.

 


Deptford High Street 



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.'


Monday, 23 August 2021

Twenty-one Species of Fish Called Sardine


...a recycled Oxford English Dictionary as trophy

Twenty-one Species of Fish Called Sardine is piece of flash fiction in the form of a breathless paragraph. It started off life with the title I found in a fact I learned from QI. I got the first line from a mermaid prompt from a Meg Pokrass Flash Gym and developed the flash with an eye on a pirate themed subs call and entered the final draft in the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize, never imagining it would win, or that the judges would say such lovely things as they did below:

I found this piece outstanding. The final image of the child at the ‘now cold dashboard’ stayed with me – I loved the push of the pace, the lyrical language and structure, the child’s view layered over the lives of the parents; the way the mother’s condition surfaces almost as though it were revealed by the sea, with intricate, telling detail. A rhythm and crescendo that felt like a sea-swept dirge.

Catherine McNamara

The voice is immediate and intimate. The language is lush. The pace is breathless. It rewards re-reading.

Adam Lowe

Wonderfully poetic and evocative and with great detail and atmosphere.  Strong voice and emotional resonance.

Dr Clare Morgan

Thanks Catherine, Adam and Clare and everyone at the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. 

Write your 1000 word story and enter it here by January 31st 2022, to be in with a chance of winning £1000 and one of these wonderful trophies!

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."

(Gorman, 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

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


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.