More About My Work

Stories are the fabric from which our lives are made and writing enables me to spin yarns, weave tales and embroider the truth – no surprise then that I used to be a textile teacher. I get ideas from my own experiences but from all sorts of other sources too: classified ads, photos, “what if” scenarios, and from eavesdropping on buses – go on admit it, I’m not the only one. Sometimes I get ideas just by finding random words and letting my brain connect them into something meaningful on the page. It’s magic really.

My stories have been broadcast on  Radio 4 and have been selected for numerous events and anthologies in the UK and abroad. I divide my time between Hastings and London, and I run creative writing workshops, for beginners and improvers. I also run spoken word events. I've just completed an M.A. in Creative Writing at Chichester University for which I was awarded a Distinction and was joint winner of the Kate Betts prize for excellence.

                            

Publications

Bay Watch, Hastings Online Times, Jan 26 2022 Hastings Online Times – Bay Watch

This Isn't Who I Am, Writers Forum Magazine, Jan 2022

Deck the Parks with Boughs of Holly, Hastings Online Times, Dec 15 2021, Hastings Online Times – Hastings Tree Guide No 2

The Tree that  would Puzzle a Monkey, Hastings Online Times, Wed Dec 1st 2021, Hastings Online Times – Hastings Tree Guide No 1

Meet Dr. Owen Johnson, Champion of Champion Trees, Hastings Online Times Nov 24 2021, Hastings Online Times – Dr Owen Johnson

Troubled Waters and Can Someone Please Chase this up Please? Inside no 13, Hastings Writers Group, 2021

Because The Night Belongs to Worriers, Funny Pearls, online, April 2021, Because the Night Belongs to Worriers by Joan Taylor-Rowan - funny pearls

The Mother of All Portraits, Hastings Online Times, Jan 14 2021, Hastings Online Times – Whistler’s Mother

Silence, Swamp Magazine, Issue 26, 2020

Born of Angels, Outsiders: Short Story Review 2020, Momaya Press, 2020

Go, Amigo, Go, Outsiders: Short Story Review 2020, Momaya Press, 2020

Inside the Egg, Make a Wish, Keep the Wish Secret – The 2017 & 2018 Cambridge Short Story Prize Anthology, TSS Publishing, 2019

Three Sisters on the Edge,  Departures, (Ed. Cherry Potts), Arachne press, 2019

Five by Five, Twenty Five Stories by Five Writers, (Ed. Cherry Potts and Katy Darby), Arachne Press, 2018

Birdland, Stations, Ed. Cherry Potts, Arachne Press, 2012

Renewal, London Lies, (Ed. Cherry Potts), Arachne Press, 2012

The Birdskin Shoes, Create Space, 2012

Never Knowingly, Stories for Homes, Volume 2, Shelter, (Ed. Debi Alper), 2017

The Bet, Global Shorts, 2009

The Bet, Tales of the Decongested, Foyles, 2009

The Palais, Trout in the Milk  (ed. Suzie Blair) New Fiction, 1992

Awards and Competitions

You Think You're So Bloody Special, Writers Forum Magazine, Jan 2022: shortlisted

Dryrobe, Hastings Writers' Group, Catherine Cookson cup, 2021: winner

This Isn't Who I Am, Writer Forum Magazine, Oct 2021: Winner

Dryrobe, Writers Forum Magazine, July 2021: shortlisted

Gulls Just Want to Have Fun, Southampton University Green Stories for Kids, 2020: winner

Born of Angels, Momaya Press international short story competition, 2020: shortlisted

Go, Amigo Go, Momaya Press international short story competition, 2020: shortlisted

Inside the Egg, Cambridge short story competition, 2018: second prize

Nola’s Ark, Mslexia young adult novel competition, 2017: longlisted

The Execution, Writer’s Village international short story competition, 2014: shortlisted

Close but not Warm, SLS international short story competition, 2012: runner up

Renewal, SLS international short story competition, 2012: finalist

Ha Ha Ha, ChapterOne international short story competition, 2009: highly commended

Close but not Warm, ChapterOne international short story competition, 2009: finalist

The Bet, Global shorts, 2009 : winner

The Bet, Asham Award, 2008: short-listed

Shoes of the Skin of a Bird, SpreadTheWord  novel pitch competition, 2006: finalist

The Beam Room, BBC Radio 4, Dot Dot Dot…, 2001: winner

Broadcasts and Performance

Dryrobe, Back in the Water: Short Stories for Brockley Max, Jun 2021

Three Sisters by the Sea, Departures: launch, London:  2019

The Bet, Short Story, Hastings: 2018

Inside the Egg, Three Sisters by the Sea, Bittersweet, like Pomegranates, Art Stories: One woman show Hastings: 2018

Is That What it’s all About? Weird Shit, Hastings: 2017

Last Will, White Rabbit, London: “Are You Sitting Comfortably?: 2015

Renewal, Liar’s League, London: 2013

Kandy Kottage: The Musical, Landor Theatre, London, March 2013

I’ve Always been a Good Girl, Liars League, New York: 2012

Never Knowingly, Liar’s League, Leeds:  2012

Slippage, Liar’s League, London: 2012

Admiration for the Oyster, Storytails, London: 2011

A Headful of StoriesOne woman show, Upstairs at The Walrus: London 2011

Admiration for the Oyster, Foyles Bookshop, London: Tales of The decongested: 2010

Kandy Kottage, Liar’s League, London: 2009

The Bet, Foyles Bookshop, London: Tales of The decongested: 2009

Carmel’s Christmas, Foyles Bookshop, London: Tales of The decongested: 2008

Ha Ha Ha, Brighton Festival (Short Fuse):2008

Ha Ha Ha, BBC Radio 4, London: 2008

Close but not Warm, BBC Radio 4, London: 2006

The Beam Room, BBC Radio 4, London: 2002