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.
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.