I started studying creative writing at the Open University in 2015, doing their wonderful undergrad module, A215 – and found I couldn’t stop. I was delighted to finish with a distinction and signed up for their Advanced Creative Writing course. Unfortunately I had to drop out due to family issues, but issues resolved, I returned the following year to find they’d launched a brand new MA in Creative Writing. As I already have a BA in English Lit I decided to apply and started the two-year part-time study at the end of 2016. I was awarded an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) in December 2018 and graduated at the Barbican on March 23rd 2019. Here’s a picture of me and grumpy husband before the ceremony. Don’t worry about his grumpy face. Its his default setting on photos.
Anyhoo, in my year away from study, I entered a few writing competitions and did quite well, which gave me confidence to do some more. To date (2019) I’ve been short and long-listed for the following competitions: Fish Short Story Competition, Reflex Flash, The National Flash Fiction day Drabble Competition ,Bath Flash Fiction, Flashback Drabble Competition, Flash 500, TSS Flash, The Chester Prize for Literature, Ink Tears Flash and Writers HQ Flash Comp. I’ve also been highly commended in Inktears Short Story Comp, and A Story for Daniel. I came third in Scribble’s Annual short story competition, second in the Ely Short Story Award and Ellipsis Magazine’s Novella-in-flash and Flash Collection Competition 2019, and I’ve won: The Molotov Cocktail Flash competition, Ad Hoc Fiction, Zero Flash, Retreat West Flash Competition and Horror Scribes. You can read some these stories on this site if you fancy it, just click on the links. I’ve also been published round and about over the last couple of years, most recently in Ellipsis, Reflex, Weird Christmas, the Flash Festival Anthology and Ripening, the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology. I teach flash fiction to adult learners at the Ivo Adult Education centre and am currently in the process of applying to do a PhD.
As well as being in love with words I’m also a mum, sister, wife and daughter, friend, pet enabler and student of the tricky business of being a decent human being.
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