From Liverpool, UK
based Melbourne’s west, Victoria
Broken Rules is a collection of seventeen linked short stories exploring themes of marginalised sexual identities. Its development is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and by a PIP Fellowship from Varuna, the National Writers House.
My short fiction is published in Australia and overseas, and has been recognised in literary awards and competitions including the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize, the inaugural City Of Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards, the Bridport Prize, and The Age Short Story Awards. Publications include American Writers Review, Tincture Journal, Dazed, The Bridport Prize Anthology, Roomers, 21D, and Award Winning Australian Writing. Interrupter, published in pocketbook format by In Short Publishing Co., was recently dramatised (2018) on Vision Australia Radio’s weekly literary program Cover To Cover.
2018 Ambassador Of Words for the Fundación César Egido Serrano and the Museo de la Palabra.
I occasionally write pieces of very short fiction within the weblog section of this website.
Roomers #64, Winter 2018
Roomers #63, Summer 2018
Interrupter (In Short Publishing, Australia) 2015
Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Dazed (London, UK), and online at Dazed Digital
Bridport Prize Anthology 2013 (Redcliffe Press Ltd, UK)
Award Winning Australian Writing 2010 (Melbourne Books, Australia)
Sleepers Almanac 6 (Sleepers Publishing, Australia)
21D – Street (21D, Australia)
21D Anthology I (21D, Australia; Smashwords)
21D Short 3 (21D, Australia; Smashwords)
2018 Ambassador for the Fundación César Egido Serrano and the Museo de la Palabra.
The work of Elwood Writers featured in the Cover To Cover Armistice Day Centenary Special on Vision Australia Radio in November. Broadcast Friday 9 November, repeated Sunday 11 November. Podcast available here.
Friday 2 November 2018 (repeated Sunday 4 October): The House In The Sky was read by Tim McQueen on Cover To Cover, Vision Australia Radio. Podcast available here.
Friday 5 October 2018 (repeated Sunday 7 October): The Birthday was read by Mike Cannon on Cover To Cover, Vision Australia Radio. Available in a podcast, here.
25 Aug 2018: A night of literary readings at St Kilda Library with Elwood Writers. I read The Birthday and The House In The Sky.
14 Aug 2018: Delivered a micro-fiction workshop for the Roomers creative writing group.
2018 alumni residency at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW (23rd to 28th April).
The short story Interrupter was dramatised and broadcast on Vision Australia Radio’s Cover To Cover program on 6th April 2018, repeated 8th April 2018. The program is available as a podcast here.
2017 alumni residency at Varuna, the National Writers House, Katoomba, NSW (9th to 16th October)
2017 – Elwood Writers developed the material for the 2017 Father’s Day Cover To Cover program on Vision Australia Radio. The program was broadcast on Friday 1 September, and repeated on Sunday 3 September. The podcast is available here.
2016 – Featured in Star Weekly newspaper: ‘Tangled webs rewoven’ in January 13 print and online editions.
2015 – Winner, Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize (announced 6th November). ‘Their cruel routines’ was described by the judges as “exceptional and unnerving”. Read the full judges’ report here.
2015 – Finalist and Diploma Award winner in the IV Edition of the Museo de la Palabra Flash Fiction Competition (October)
There were 13 finalists from 35,609 stories entered from 149 countries. The first prize was $20,000
2015 – ‘Nothing’, ‘Pastel’, and ‘Henry’ read on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio (16th and 20th August)
2015 – Commissioned by HERO Magazine, London, to write a themed short-story for issue 13 of the magazine
2015 – ‘The Hot Spell’ was read on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio (11th and 15th January) in an hour-long program of material developed by the Elwood Writers. The program was repeated on 31st December as part of a Best Of Cover To Cover series.
2014 – Winner, Dazed Short Story Competition. Winning story published in Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Dazed, and online at Dazed Digital.
2013 – Prizewinner in the short story category of the Bridport Prize International Writing Competition. “Mention the Bridport Prize and the eyes of writers everywhere light up. It’s not just the money – though that’s not to be sneezed at – it’s a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment” – Fay Weldon CBE, patron of the Bridport Prize
2013 – Shortlisted for the inaugural Writers Victoria Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship, Sri Lanka
2011 – ‘Randy’ was read on The Fiction Room on Vision Australia Radio (7th August)
2011 – Invited to perform ‘Larry’s Way’ at the State Library of Victoria, as part of the Summer Reads event
2011 – Longlisted for The Big Issue Fiction Edition (Ed#388)
2010 – Highly Commended in The Age Short Story Competition
2009 – Winner of both the Short Story Award and the Lord Mayor’s Award in the inaugural Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards are an initiative to mark Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature
2009 – Highly Commended in the Manchester Fiction Prize
2007 – Award-winner in the CAE Short Story Competition, Cut