Time Wasters Excerpt

The liquid in my glass peeks up me with it’s rank whiskey scent and it’s tempting golden bronze shimmer. The time is creeping up on midnight and I’m slightly drunker than the norm for this hour. 1,065 more words

Short Story Anthology Launch

Here is a blog post about short story writer Paul Toolan. I was drawn to his anthology because of the subject matter, ageing and dementia. We all grow old and with it subjected to illnesses and lapses in memory. 917 more words

The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories

I just launched a campaign to fund my second collection, The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories. If you’ve enjoyed my writing, I hope you will take a look. 140 more words


London Stories: In Defence of the Underground by Doris Lessing

In Defence of the Underground took me back to my summer days in London and left me feeling nostalgic. Written in 1992, Doris Lessing’s essay is a description of a tube ride Lessing takes from Mill Lane station to Charing Cross. 214 more words


The Last Animal by Abby Geni

The Last Animal is a collection of ten short stories that deal with human nature and in some ways our relationship to the animals around us. 328 more words

Book Reviews

Arts Council NI ACE Funding

I’m delighted to have received ACE funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This will allow me time to write next year. I’ll be working on my first collection of short stories.


London Stories: Daisy Overend by Muriel Spark

The Public Image is the first book by Muriel Spark I read. I was impressed by Spark’s story of Annabelle, a rising actress, and her husband Fredrick, a playwright who is extremely resentful of Annabelle’s success and goes onto to concoct a scandal to taint Annabelle’s public image. 251 more words