Outside The Rising Sun, Harlesden Road, NW10
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. Whatever that means.

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 annual series that I 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.  

I have edited or co-edited eleven anthologies of short stories. Nine of the eleven comprised the New Short Stories series. In this connection, I was lucky enough to correspond with or meet many brilliant writers, known and unknown. I also co-edited two anthologies of poetry. All the books and other editing credits are listed under Publications.

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