I was born in Dublin and made my way to London on a bike in my mid-twenties. It’s where I can still be found though ever further out, most recently as far as Harrow. I no longer own a bicycle.
Reasons to be Cheerful
I compiled and edited New Short Stories 11 (Willesden Herald, 2019), the latest in the international series that started in 2006. This edition features contemporary fiction by fifteen authors from Britain, America, Ireland and Nigeria, with an introduction by Gina Challen.
A little tale I wrote called “Jailbreak” was given a live reading downstairs at the Phoenix, Cavendish Square, W1 by Liars’ League in March 2016.
I won the Small Wonder short story slam in 2013 with a story that consisted entirely of questions.
One of my stories was in a book, The Monkey’s Typewriter, which won the £3,000 first prize in a national competition, the Raymond Williams Award, administered by Arts Council England. The book was a project of Willesden Green Writers’ Group and my contribution was called Gerry Boysey’s Human Circus.
My poem “The first time the Earth went round by the Sun” was long-listed for the Fish poetry prize 2013.
A fable of mine called “Wanker” was listed as one of the Notable Stories of 2006 by Story South Million Writers Award.
My short story collection “The London Silence” was published by Pretend Genius in 2004. The title refers to the silence among Londoners on a tube train when it stops in a tunnel. The book is in two parts. The second part, called “All Those Endearing Young Charms,” consists of a novella-like sequence of related stories.
I have edited or co-edited eleven anthologies of short stories. Nine of the eleven were from the Willesden Herald international short story competition, for which I did most of the short-listing. In this connection, I was lucky enough to correspond with and meet many brilliant writers, known and unknown. Organisation, reading and judging were all done for love of the short story, with only a Willesden Herald mug as token recompense. I also co-edited two anthologies of poetry. All the books and other editing credits are listed under Publications.