Short stories

Grandpa Joe steps out

"It's hard to be terrified of an old man in tartan sock suspenders, even if you have been to his cremation."

Jo Carlisle comes home from her Great-Grandfather's wake to find him sitting at the kitchen table. The old man needs to make one last journey, and insists Jo comes along to find out why.

This short story won 2nd prize in the 2018 To Hull and Back humorous fiction competition and is available in their anthology here

"He didn't hate you. You weren't there."

Two long-estranged siblings set out on a road trip to scatter their grandmother's ashes. Can shared memories overcome the bitter assumptions that drove them apart?

 

This flash fiction is short-listed in Needle in the Hay's Dragging Energy award - read it here.

"They told me to study botany. It is a suitable subject for a woman"

This flash fiction piece explores love and hate, thwarted ambitions, and the dark call of vengence when no one will listen.

 

It was long-listed in Needle in the Hay's Hate and Coat award - read it here.

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