rs_portrait2I’m a UK-based writer of novels, short stories and articles.

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.

In my previous jobs I have worked as a civil engineer, software engineer, training instructor and technical writer. I’m also currently writing a regular beer blog for the Southwick Brewhouse.


  • A Gift of Anger (currently unpublished)
  • Mute (currently being edited)
  • Josh Null (working title; currently in the planning stages)

Short Story Competitions

  • “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)

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