• LeftLion’s Twelve Reads of Christmas

    Very happy that my short story collection, ‘The Woman Under the Ground’, has been included in LeftLions’s ‘Twelve Reads of Christmas’…

    The Woman Under the Ground, by local author Megan Taylor, is the perfect present to dive into during the chaos of a manic Christmas. It’s a great collection of beautifully written short stories, each one intriguingly illustrated by the talented artist, Nikki Pinder. Save someone’s sanity, buy it now!” – Ian Collinson, Weathervane Press

    I’m not sure about saving anyone’s sanity (perhaps more like peeping over the edge) but it could perhaps offer an alternative to misty-eyed urchins and grinning Santas.

  • Small Acts of Kindness

    I was at my local Waterstones on Saturday for the launch of Nottingham Peacebuilders’ anthology, ‘Small Acts of Kindness’.

    Combining a wide variety of poetry and flash fiction, this collection, inspired by the words of Gandhi, King and Ikeda, is part of an ever-growing community project promoting peace through the arts.

    There have been art installations and music events and Saturday’s sold-out launch featured a great live band alongside many warm and impassioned readings.

    I feel very lucky to have my flash, ‘Dragon’, included in such a diverse and positive anthology.  And the celebrations continue at Five Leaves Bookshop on December 11th.

  • Mere Mortal Magazine

    Photographer, journalist and freelance writer, Eli Regan, has set up a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of a new magazine, ‘Mere Mortal’.

    Eli says of the project –

    From vintage photo essays like W Eugene Smith’s seminal work ‘Nurse Midwife’ about Maude Callen – a black nurse and midwife and Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’ essay to Gillian Wearing’s iconic heart-rending messages held by desperate businessmen and more recently Juno Calypso’s re-imagining of a solipsistic honeymoon, there’s definitely still life in the photo story.

    Mere Mortal has grown out of this belief. We want to reflect photo stories by both known and lesser known photographers and also show high-calibre journalism and other types of writing: poetic, non-fiction, flash fiction.

    The strap line ‘There’s STILL LIFE in the photo story’ plays on the ‘Mere Mortal’ title, means what it says but also is a double entendre in that the still life reflects photography’s borrowed practice from painting – the pictures of objects that can end up being more emblematic of the way we live than straight portraits.

    The first issue will feature an all female line-up including photographers, Jona Frank, Tish Murtha, Niloo Kohan, Estelle Cadwallader and Hazel Hughes, and the writer, Anyonita Green-Boyle.  I’m delighted that Eli has also invited me to write creatively around an image for this issue, something I love doing and am looking forward to very much.

    Please do check out Mere Mortal – back it if you’re able to, or promote it, or simply get excited!

  • Mouse

    … And so delighted that a very different short story, ‘Mouse’, has won the Furious Gazelle’s Halloween Contest!  You can find it online here…

    Happy Halloween!!!

  • The Brighton Prize

    Delighted to have a short story longlisted in this year’s Brighton Prize!

    Update!  Thrilled to learn that it’s made the shortlist!!

    Even better update!!  I’ve just heard that my story (which I can now reveal is called ‘Winter Break’) has made it to the top three – overjoyed!!!

    The winners will be announced at an event on November 17th at The Brunswick in Hove

  • Drift

    Thrilled to learn that my short story, ‘Drift’, has been accepted by Dark Lane Books for publication in their 6th weird fiction anthology – out this winter!

  • Keeping it Short

    I’ll be chatting short stories alongside the amazing Nicholas Royle, Alison Moore and Giselle Leeb at Nottingham’s Five Leaves Bookshop at 7pm, Tuesday 12th September.  Come along! (I’m very excited)








  • Upcoming Courses

    I’m due to be leading two Summer School courses for Nottingham Trent University very soon.

    ‘Start Writing Your Novel’ will run from 10am till 4pm, 31st July – 2nd August and ‘Short Story Success’ will be happening the following week,  7-8th August.  Both will take place at NTU’s City Campus.  For more information please visit http://onlinestore.ntu.ac.uk/short-courses/creative-short-courses/creative-writing

    And I’m very pleased that Writing East Midlands have booked me in for more short story adventures beginning in September.  Check out http://www.writingschooleastmidlands.co.uk/shop/ for more details…

  • The Bath Short Story Award 2017

    Celebrating the news that another of my recent short stories has made it onto the longlist of this year’s Bath Short Story Award!  I’m feeling incredibly grateful and excited!

  • Waiting for the Rat

    Am overjoyed and overwhelmed to have been chosen as one of TSS Publishing’s Selected Writers 2017-2018 for my short story, ‘Waiting for the Rat’.  It’s a truly awesome list to be a part of.

    ‘Waiting for the Rat’ will be released as a beautiful, limited edition chapbook in March 2018.

    Thank you tons, www.theshortstory.co.uk