I was born in Portsmouth in 1968, and have worked variously as a tv scriptwriter, hypnotist, itinerant poet, computer repairer, teach of English as a foreign language, copywriter, rare bookdealer and dealer in vintage clothing.
I love my home town of Portsmouth, and have discovered so much about it. In my stories, I just want to tell you more...
Where to find Matt Wingett online
The Boiler Pool
A British ex-pat living in New York is haunted by his past. In a moment of crisis, he traces back the moment in his childhood that set the pattern for his life, and uncovers some dark secrets.
Filled with evocative language and powerful imagery, this story will grip you from beginning to end.
One more in the Portsmouth Stories series, by Matt Wingett
5,500 words - a short story.
1821. When young rebellious Charles de Tilby returns to England from his Grand Tour of Europe, he has no intention of heading up country to return to his family home.
Escaping from his guardian to a mysterious castle, Charles finds himself in far deeper water than even he can manage, when he is approached by a mysterious stranger... and offered the secret of eternal life.
Heaven's Light Our Guide
A timid young woman working is thrown into an unexpected world of surreal adventure, after receiving an "audit" from a mysterious interviewer.
What is the strange land she encounters, and how did it come into existence?
Prepare to be amazed, amused and delighted by this fun-filled story, that is part of the Portsmouth Stories series.
Book runs to 32,173 words.
The Tube Healer
When a man witnesses a miracle on the London Underground system, he becomes obsessed with the healer who is travelling London's tube network, making changes in people at will.
Who is the Tube Healer? Will the man who saw him ever meet him? And what do the authorities think of this strange entity that is adding a little bit of magic to the lives of millions of Londoners every day?
The Three Belles Star In We'll Meet Again
The wailing of the air raid siren in Portsmouth's Guildhall during a 1940s nostalgia show awakens a mysterious sailor from a time long past.
His presence will come to threaten the life of one of The Three Belles - the singing trio who have inadvertently awakened this spirit of wartime Portsmouth.
Turn The Tides Gently
A young man encounters what he thinks is a mythical creature living in the seas around the island city of Portsmouth. Is he going mad? Or is his encounter set to change his world in ways he never expected?
This story of transformation tells his compelling story with deftness of touch and warmth of heart.
"...has a slightly hallucinatory, hugely evocative dreaminess..." Graham Hurley.