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The Red Court, my play set in modern China, won a national competition run by the Confucius Institute and was taken to Shanghai this summer.  Although we were not allowed to perform the play (to find out more click here), I hope that the Shanghai Theatre Company will be producing it in Shanghai soon.

In development:

I am working on a play provisionally called Mahjong Tales, which I hope to take to Edinburgh in 2018.  

I am developing a short pilgrimage play for Juno Theatre as part of their collaboration with St Thomas’ Church in Salisbury.

Other news:

Story Friday – the next Story Friday is on November 24th and has the theme ‘Haunting’. If you’d like to come along and listen to some stories, or if the theme sparks your imagination and you’d like to submit a story, full details are here. Alongside Story Fridays, I run monthly creative writing workshops at my home in Bath. Full details and to book click here.

I’m thrilled that my short play The Rift was developed and performed as part of the 4x15 new writing evening at the Crucible Theatre Studio in Sheffield in April. The Rift is a surreal modern folk tale about contemporary Britain.

I was very pleased that my monologue Ripe Apricots, Burning Oil was chosen by Pint-sized to be part of their February showcase at the Bunker Theatre, London Bridge. Pint-sized feature “some of the best new writing talent in the UK”.  I was thrilled to have the wonderful writer Stella Feehily as my mentor.  She and Max Stafford Clark came to the show, which was a huge honour. You can follow Pint-sized on Facebook

A beautiful piece of writing,” Stella Feehily, playwright, on Ripe Apricots, Burning Oil.

I Said Nomy full length play about conscientious objectors in World War One, had a successful run at the Rondo Theatre in Bath and at the Bath Quaker Meeting House. I Said No was directed by Carolyn Csonka and is a Rapscallion Theatre production.

My short radio play Very Shirley Valentine was recorded some time ago by the Radio Theatre Group.  It recently received another playback session - ‘people love it, it feels very fresh’ (Charlotte Simon, Radio Theatre Group) - and will soon be transmitted on UCH Hospital Radio to the patients at the UCH in London.  On another hospital radio station, Radio Stortford, my story A New Religion has recently been broadcast.  

My short story The Avocet is in the Bath Short Story Anthology 2016, published November 2016. It is available here. Avocet is also published in a new magazine Project Calm. The magazine promotes mindfulness through making, apparently, so if you see me wandering through the countryside paintbrush in hand, that’ll be why.  I think absolutely everyone wishes I could be a little more calm…

My short story The Vigil got through the first round of the NYC Midnight Competition. Judge’s feedback: ‘This short story is a joy to read.  There is an elemental human quality in the story which is appealing to every reader. It is a universal quality which makes reading this fiction such a pleasure and a delight.’