I try to write on a broad variety of topics, but I have a particular interest in technology, society, and personal philosophy, which all sounds very grand, but I’m also deeply concerned with writing stuff that entertains. An element of humour and/or irony often creeps in.
My writing works on two levels. On the surface: a good plot, interesting characters, and an accessible style. Beneath are the techniques of ‘proper’ literature (symbolism, metaphor, defamiliarisation, intertextuality, metafiction, and all that good stuff) but I use them in support of a strong narrative rather than as ends in their own right.
Some of my favourite writers include David Mitchell, Scarlett Thomas, Jonathan Coe, Kurt Vonnegut, Graham Greene, Dickens, Shakespeare … I could go on.
All of my novels are based in the fictional town of Strathurst, on the border between Hampshire and Surrey.
- A Gift of Anger (currently unpublished)
- Mute (currently being edited)
- Josh Null (working title; currently in the planning stages)
Short Story Competitions
- “Red, Noir” Artificium In Brief Competition 2016 – winner
- “Plimsolls” Flash 500, second quarter 2016 – longlisted
- “The Worm” Bare Fiction Prize for Short Story 2014 – longlisted
- “Law of Averages” Real Writers competition 2000 – runner-up
Published Short Stories
- “One Last Ice Cream” Portsmouth News (16 Sep 2016)
- “Panaphasia” World Wide Writers issue 14
- “The Aspirant” World Wide Writers issue 11
- “Blues” World Wide Writers issue 8
- “Digital Technology” Zest issue 5
- “Perdition” Scheherazade issue 17
- “Cast Adrift” Xenos issue 40
- Arvon, Aug 2016 – retreat
- Arvon, Jun 2014 – tutors: Jon McGregor, Helen Oyeyemi; guest: Richard Milward
- Arvon, Jun 2013 – tutors: Ed Docx, Alice Jolly; guest: Marina Lewycka
- Arvon, Oct 2012 – tutors: Naomi Alderman, Joe Dunthorne; guest: Steven Hall
- Winchester Writers’ Festival – various years, 2004 to 2011
- New Writing South (2016-)
- Penultimate – Portsmouth Writers’ Circle (2000-2006)
- Havant and District Writers’ Circle (1995-2002; vice chairman 2000-2002)