Category Archives: Short Stories


Creative Writing Group entry for July topic –    HOLIDAYS   “They’re magnificent!” They take in the vista,  the Dolomites spreading clean across the whole horizon, so near to them. “Unbelievable, ” he answers.   It’s the second day of the six day walk through the Read More


Why do I only see stripes when I’m on a beach? I never notice them otherwise and now realise they are usually orange and yellow, always in canvas, a deckchair, a windbreak…..the very sight of them raises my expectations. They’re my muses.  I’ll start here. Read More


    “You must be proud of  Annie!” Mary smiled, laying a warm hand on  Lynn’s arm in the busy street. “Why….?” Lynn was perplexed. They knew each other only as mothers of kids in the orchestra. ” I mean about her being first violin,” Read More


QUID PRO QUO Telegraph Creative Writing Competition Jan 2014 on the delicious subject of REVENGE        – WINNER     “ I’m off for a well earned holiday.” Alice stretched her legs languidly, removing a piece of Jack’s Lego from beneath her right shoe. “We thought Read More


TCWG entry for December 2013 – A Story in Under 500 words   If only he hadn’t graffitied the bike! He just happened to pass with a green spray can in his hand, it was dark, he needed practice for the bridge competition Friday. Trust Read More


CWG entry for November 2013 on the subject of DECEPTION (that old thing we all know about…….)   “He’s slept 17 hours…. shouldn’t we wake him?” Roger rattled the morning paper, ridding it of the toast crumbs Jane had dropped on the centre fold. At Read More

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