• May You

    Towards the end of last month, I was delighted to recieve my copy of May You, The Walter Swan Prize Anthology,  It features great stories from the 2017-2018 long and shortlists, and also includes my story, ‘Touched’, which made the top six.

    I’m very grateful to the Walter Swan Trust, the publishers,Valley Press, and to the anthology’s supportive editor, SJ Bradley , as well as the judges, Angela Readman and Anna Chilvers who said of my story – “We both really enjoyed the sensual feel of Touched… The relationship between the girls, which involves control, bullying and subtle cruelty, is convincingly drawn.”

  • Sirens Call

    The latest Ezine from The Sirens Call is released today.  Issue #38, ‘Straight Up Horror‘, includes my short story, ‘Your Skin’

  • The Brighton Prize Anthology

    Very happy this week after recieving my copy of The Brighton Prize Anthology 2017, which includes my short story, ‘Winter Break’.  Honoured to be featured among so many great stories.  The book’s now available if you’d like to read them too…

  • Dark Lane Anthology Volume Six – and Seven!

    Thrilled that Dark Lane‘s 6th anthology of weird fiction, which contains my Drift, is now available – and doubly delighted to announce that another of my short stories, ‘Your Neighbour’s Packages’, has been accepted for publication in their 7th anthology, due out later this year!

  • Short Stories Online

    March 2018 sees three of my short stories published online!

    I’m very happy that Fox-Holed has been released by STORGY today. Double Exposures (a collaborative project, working with fascinating images) came out yesterday on Mere Mortal and Meredith made its appearance last Friday on Dissections, the Journal of Contemporary Horror.







  • NWS Short Story Workshop

    I’m running a short story workshop for Nottingham Writers’ Studio this Thursday, 15th February, between 7 and 9pm.  The workshop is open to non-members as well as members and all proceeds will go towards NWS’s current funding drive.  For more details and to book please visit Nottingham Writers’ Studio.

  • The Walter Swan Short Story Prize 2017-18

    Totally thrilled that my short story, ‘Touched’, has been selected by judges, Anna Chilvers and Angela Readman for the shortlist of The Walter Swan Short Story Prize 2017-18.

    The Walter Swan Short Story Prize Anthology, edited by S J Bradley and comprising all the long and shortlisted stories, will be published by Valley Press and launched on May 22nd at Leeds Library. The final three prizewinners will also be announced at this event, which is run by the Northern Short Story Festival and the Leeds Big Bookend in partnership with the Walter Swan Trust.

  • Writing On…

    My next short story course for Writing East Midlands begins on Saturday 3rd February at Nottingham’s Waterstones.

    Writing On, which will feature a whole new series of exercises, is suitable for writers who have previously attended my courses or to new participants eager to deepen and develop their writing.

    Please visit Writing School East Midlands for further information and booking enquiries.

  • 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.