Bright and brief

I reach for your fingers – warm and rough in the peat and shreds of leaves beneath us – and slide my own between them. You let me, and I let that be enough. Above us, strings of coloured lanterns make islands of the trees, their sherbet glow creating an artificial ceiling that will trap everything… More Bright and brief


Somewhere after the moment I lay my face on the pillow, I come to know the things I see are no longer real. I dream that I am in a strange world, with strange people. Two or three of them I know, in my dream, although I don’t know them now. We are at the beginning… More Xerxes

Ghosts in the snow

  There are ghosts in the snow, slipping silently between the darkening columns of the trees as night draws in. The hiss and whisper of the pines masks the sound of their coming; the icy wind blurs their edges. When the old woman ventures out on grey winter days to collect wood for the fire,… More Ghosts in the snow

33 (and a few more) banned books that you absolutely, totally shouldn’t read.

It’s Banned Books Week this week (21st – 27th September), and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to pick up and devour some powerful literature! Buzzfeed have helpfully shared a list of 33 banned books, including some of my favourites such as the amazing Beloved, by Toni Morrison, the profoundly disturbing The Handmaid’s Tale,… More 33 (and a few more) banned books that you absolutely, totally shouldn’t read.

#Flashcomp winner!

Very pleased to say that I’ve been chosen as one of the five winners of 1000 Words’ recent flash fiction competition :) The challenge was to write a story of 200 words or less, inspired by the photo above. I managed to resist until half an hour before the competition closed, but got sucked in… More #Flashcomp winner!


I took my inspiration for this piece from a photo writing prompt on 1000 Words’ Pinterest board.   We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt. Can I tell you how it was? The earth like a saucer under that wide, grey-gold sky, the sun never rising more than a stretched… More Johannes

Flash fiction: Gold-flecked Water by Berit Ellingsen

One of my favourite writers of short stories and flash fiction – the lovely Berit Ellingsen – has been published in Lies/Isle recently with a gorgeous little piece called Gold-flecked Water. Like everything Ellingsen writes, it’s completely beautiful, so you should go and check it out. More of Ellingsen’s work, including links to her amazing… More Flash fiction: Gold-flecked Water by Berit Ellingsen

Long Nights

“What I needed,” said Jordan, hanging upside down from the railings, “What I actually really needed was just a minute, you know?” I did know.  Sometimes it just felt like the days swept along like a river, dragging you along with them in a rush, not letting you think. I handled it better than Jordan,… More Long Nights

One week left! Myslexia’s 2014 Short Story Competition

Women fiction writers, listen up: Myslexia’s 2014 Short Story Competition is open for one more week! You’ve got until March 17th to get your inspiration flowing, your ideas written up and your entries in.  With prizes of £2,500, £500 and £250 for the three top entries, it’s definitely worth a nosy if you have time.… More One week left! Myslexia’s 2014 Short Story Competition

Happy New Year 2014

It’s been a bit of a quiet few months but with 2014 just around the corner, I want to wish everyone who’s stopped by this year a very Happy New Year! I’ve ‘met’ some fabulous people through this blog, multiplied my reading material by a hundred and found some fantastic flash fiction fanatics. Thank you… More Happy New Year 2014

Weekly Writing Challenge: Snapshots

Bit of silly non-fiction for this week’s Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge: Snapshot. Take a moment in your week and, instead of taking a picture, write something instead… Stuck at Stevenson Square I’m stuck behind them as I reach Stevenson Square. Initially huddled close together, they’ve extended their territory and are now taking up almost… More Weekly Writing Challenge: Snapshots