Outside The Rising Sun, Harlesden Road, NW10

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

March 2021: I have published Day of the Flying Leaves: Selected Poems and, right or wrong, I am quite pleased with the book. I hope it finds its way in the world.

September 2020: People, I give you a new edition of my short story collection The London Silence and Other Stories. Who knows?, you might even like it.

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.

My story “The Babby” achieved honourable mention in the Glimmer Train Family Matters short story competition, September 2015.

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.  

The New Writer’s Handbook vol. 2 with preface by Ted Kooser

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.

Reading at Queens Park Book Festival with local writers’ group