I have a new short story up at Belle Ombre called Potholes. Belle Ombre is one of my favourite lit mags, there is so much good writing there and I often stop by to see what is new. This is my third piece that I have published with them and it’s always nice to see my work alongside such good company.
Potholes is a flash fiction piece – not a form I often use – about a man reflecting on the effects of being ignored during a wintry taxi ride home.
This anthology was delayed, like so many things, by the pandemic, but working with the editor, Rob Redman, on revisions and getting it ready for publication was a welcome distraction from everything that has been happening. Rob is a fantastic, fastidious editor, and I’m really grateful for the work that he put into it.
My story, The Heart of Everything Young, is set during the real-life fuel crisis that brought the UK to a standstill in September 2000, and focuses on two young losers as they fail to get their humble ambitions off the ground. I had the idea for this story more than twenty years ago, when I went out to buy cigarettes and found an enormous, angry queue for the petrol pumps. It took me a while to finally get around to writing it, but I’m pleased with how it eventually turned out.
Issue 12 of The Wax Paper featuring my story ‘What is Proper to Stones’ is available now. This story was originally featured in The Nottingham Review, but has found a new home in this beautifully presented publication.
The print editions of the 100 Words of Solitude project are now available. Mine arrived the other day and it is a beautiful thing, bringing together 100 individual responses to the pandemic, the lockdowns, the isolation and the uncertainty. This is wonderul collection of insightful, moving pieces of writing and I am proud to be a part of it. All proceeds to be donated to humanitarian charities in the continuing effort of recovering from the bizarre year that we have all experienced.