Author Archives: Maggy

Stop! Press

STOP! PRESS                                            CWG September 2013 entry –     Topic : NEWSPAPERS   “For Christ’s sake, Kath…..what’s wrong with you!”  Mike is fuming. She sits twiddling the tv channels, not looking at him. He grabs the control from her, switching the TV off. ‘What have you done now?” Read More


WINNER :August 2013 entry for Telegraph Writing competition “Ellie!” I’d have known him anywhere, yet found it hard to believe he was in Dubai.  We had arrived three days earlier, out of a middling London winter, and plunged into temperatures in the high 30’s. We Read More


June entry Telegraph Creative Writing Group on the theme of TIME…….   TWINS   Katy Croft died badly at the hands of a strangler. As all life departed, her murderer – mad with grief- fell across her body. Laura did not weep.  In the 25 Read More

Suite 201

May entry Telegraph Creative Writing Group on the subject of REUNION (Winner)   SUITE 201 “Welcome!” Frank swings the door open and the subtle smell of truly good food leaps to Ben’s nostrils. “Smells good….” Ben is unexpectedly ravenous, something he hasn’t experienced in a Read More

Dead Right

“You’re not forcing me to fly in a lousy old plane!” Gillian shouted, smashing a mosquito on her arm. “Look, Air Jebal is 23% cheaper. It’s the same trip apart from the six hour wait in Dubai,” reasoned Clive. Where money was concerned, he brought Read More

Life in the Sticks

Desmond – I can’t stand that name. It conjures up a smug 11 year old with a Brylcreem fringe slicked back, unmoving. Even then, you could see his potential as a used car dealer a mile away. Desmond had a young brother the image of Read More

SSC exercise, shortlisted December 2013 – 1930’s type story based on a Katherine Mansfield story….

SSC exercise, shortlisted December 2013 – 1930’s type story based on a Katherine Mansfield story…. Standing in a pool of moonlight, Beryl Fairfield undressed herself. After all, Charles was not about to do it, was he! Look at him lolling about on the deck chair Read More

Short Story Challenge, end Feb 2013 – 500 words to be written, while in the Paris bookshop Shakespeare & Co.

He’s in fancy dress, clean shaven, long hair, kneeling on a stockinged leg in a clumpy shoe, muttering away  to the bottom shelf.  We are  within elbow distance of each other in the History section. He catches my eye, which I quickly shift to the Read More


  STUCK   Kylee’s parents were noisy lovers. Not for them the depths of night, or a sneakily turned key in the bedroom door. No. Lust had thrived in the fertile soil of slanging matches, the odd wallop, the conviction of both that everyone was Read More

Tell Tail

    TELL TAIL “Mum?” “What, Jane?” I was irritated. My hand was in a rubber glove, halfway down the s-bend. Aren’t all 14 year-olds the same? We’d been having breakfast twenty minutes earlier and she’d hardly said a word. “Dudley just gave me a Read More