My short story Mud, a version of the Orpheus myth - involving a fake wizard, a camera crew, scallops that can speak and tonnes of mud - has just been published as an ebook by Galley Beggar in their Digital Singles series. It costs just £2 though you can become a member of their Singles Club and receive a story a month for just £12.
The air grew stronger as they got higher. All she could hear was the wind. A voice above her was repeating, Good. Good – keep moving – that's good, remember the air!
It occurred to her as she crawled that she didn't know what a pocket of air, in mud, actually looked like.
The voice shouted from the top of the hill:
– It's a wrap – we've got it!
Mud is available as an ebook from Galley Beggar for £2here
My poetry collections are The Hutton Inquiry (2005), Zeppelins (2008) THE
RESTRUCTURE (2012, all with Salt Publishing) and Speculatrix (Penned in the Margins, 2014). I have recorded a CD with the Poetry Archive and had work in a number of anthologies, including The Best of British Poetry 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
My plays Shad Thames, Broken Wharf (published by Penned
in the Margins as a limited edition box) and Mudflats have
been performed in London and Liverpool.
My creative non-fiction books In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead Cemetery are published by Penned in the Margins. Real South Bank is published by Seren.
I work as the Poetry Librarian at The Poetry Library, Southbank Centre and teach for The Poetry School.