Second Prize at Steyning Festival

Success in the Steyning Festival short story competition! I was delighted to learn last week that I’d been awarded second place prize in the Steyning Festival short story competition with my story Rebuffed. The competition was organised by West Sussex Writers (whose Competition Secretary, Richard Buxton, had clearly managed the affair with understated skill) and … Continued

A novel and a novella…

Ambushed by a Novella There I was, editing my novel and working on some short stories, when from out of the literary undergrowth a novella sprang. It was on me before I could defend myself: I was too slow to take evasive action; too weak to wrestle it to the ground. I had no time … Continued

Mid 2017 – A diet of novels and short stories

A diet of novels and short stories I’ve been busy with the novel as well as a new series of short stories. I enjoy running the two in parallel: the approach seems to keep the creativity topped up. Like a good diet, I think, writing needs to have variety. The working title of the novel … Continued

2016 Round Up – The Novel is Finished! Again …

“The Novel is finished!” From the fifth draft onwards, that was my declaration after completing each revision of  my novel which has the working title, ‘Auguste in September’. It is a story of skulduggery in the world of art. It wasn’t until 2016 began to draw to a close that the declaration began to be … Continued

2016 Half-Year Round-Up

A few days ago I heard I’d got third prize in the 2016 National Short Story competition run by Nottingham Writers Club with my story A Call to Arms. Performing well in a big competition against accomplished writers is a very satisfying experience. It not only confirms that something is going right, it also provides … Continued

2015 Round Up

A zigzag trajectory is perhaps a reasonable phrase to describe my flightpath. In 2015 I didn’t write what I’d set out to do. But I wrote. I hardly stopped. It seems the writer can plan a destination but even if he has enough fuel to get there he still has to avoid missiles (in the … Continued

Film in production

Michael’s one act play, Debts, is currently being made into a film by local East Sussex enthusiasts. Michael wrote the play as part of his Master’s degree course. The play examines the different ways in which people become indebted to others, sometimes without realising the commitment involved. It is anticipated that the film will be … Continued

New Peaks Conquered.

The Short Story Form Recognised Again How wonderful it was to learn that Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Not only is it a just reward for a writer of huge skill, it is also recognition for the short story form. As a writer who sweats to get texture and subtlety … Continued

Argus Reviews The Fish On My Ear

The Brighton Argus edition of the 9th February carried a flattering review of The Fish On My Ear. The review was written by Sussex writer, Jill Rutherford who was clearly impressed with the collection’s story lines and style. In particular Jill highlighted the twist in the tale in a number of the stories and the … Continued

New Stockists announced

The Fish On My Ear, as well as being stocked in Tome Books on Terminus Road in Eastbourne ( , is now also available from City Books in Hove (23, Western Road, Hove tel 01273 725306, Given that the title story is set in Singapore, the book is also being stocked by the prominent … Continued