New writing

Out Of His League

Short story She was out of his league, no doubt about that. Beautiful, fair and expensively casual, she was reading a brochure when he arrived at the hotel. He thought she might be waiting for a husband or a lover. She wasn’t. He was there by accident, the car he’d been road testing around Scotland… read more

The List

Short story Helen heard the news at the monthly lunch party. All the wives who regularly gathered at the home of one or another of them knew about the problems that Sally and Tom Stewart had been having in their marriage. It was such a pity, everyone agreed, because they had such a beautiful house… read more

Love in a Sandpit

Short story He cried that first morning – although that wasn’t what he’d expected would happen. His mother had taken him there promptly at nine-thirty in his new red fleece-lined jacket, and he’d dashed ahead of her through the park, so keen was he to begin his new adventure. At almost four years old he’d… read more

I Saw Her Standing There

Short story Suddenly he was apprehensive. Was he making a terrible mistake? What was the point in all this? He wished now that he’d made an excuse and cancelled. He looked across the narrow street. A troupe of Polish tourists was gazing respectfully as a guide pointed up at a red neon sign. The Cavern,… read more

Let Nothing You Dismay – A Christmas story

Short story Harry watched as Amy, the tip of her tongue poking from between her lips, compiled her list. Finally at the bottom of the page she wrote in  n  fluorescent pink: ‘Happy Christmas. With love from Amy xxx’. Then, sticking a couple of shiny stars next to her name, she folded the paper and … read more

Penelope As Nevermore

Penelope As Nevermore

  ‘A virus?’ ‘That’s what they said. And they can’t fix it!’ ‘It’s a twelve hundred pound laptop, for heaven’s sake. It’s hardly been used. Of course they can fix it. They’re just not trying.’ The young assistant frowned nervously. ‘I’m sorry, Penelope, but the shop agreed with Jim in IT. They can’t erase it… read more