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45 years. It's been a long journey. I've been a primary school teacher for almost half of them, moving from mainstream to exceptional needs to additional support needs. I'm most happy with and most proud of my own family. Second to them comes my involvement in writing and peripheral projects. I co-edited the Rue Bella magazine for 5 years or so and am mighty proud of that too. Recently I've been more involved with writing my own pieces. I've been lucky enough to find spaces for some of my work and I'm hoping that one day I'll write a novel that's worthy of publication. I've given up gambling, alcohol, smoking and any kind of unnatural highs over the past few years and am looking for a new compulsion - maybe I've found it in Twitter. Yep, 45 years. I haven't always known it, but I've been a very lucky man.
‘An Arm And A Leg’ to be included in Britain’s Best Crime Stories edited by Maxim Jakubowski.
‘Hoodwinked’ to be put up at All Due Respect.
‘No Pain, No Gain’ due for publication in Crime Factory
I began my blog Sea Minor earlier this year and have been running the extremely successful series of interviews ‘Dancing With Myself’.
selected as one of Chris Holmes’ top 5 stories of the year with ‘Beat On The Brat’ at the Death By Killing Blog.
selected as one of Naomi Johnson’s top 5 stories of the year with ‘Taking A Line For A Walk’ at the Death By Killing Blog.
selected as one of John Kenyon’s top 5 stories of the year with ‘Beat On The Brat’ at the Death By Killing blog (also including Ray Banks, David Zeltserman, Chris Holm and Kieran Shea).
selected as one of AY Hayes’ top 5 stories of the year with ‘Taking A Line For A Walk’ at the Death By Killing Blog.
Interview over at Chinwag At The Slaughterhouse (by Richard Godwin)
(Forthcoming in December 2010: ‘11 Pipers Piping’ at Dark Valentine’s blog
‘Into Thin Air’ to be part of and Untreed Reads holiday anthology.)
‘Mind Your Step’ in MiCrow Magazine (editor Michael j Solender)
‘Taking A Line For A Walk’ at Beat To A Pulp
‘La Ronde’ posted as part of Patti Abbott’s La Ronde series.
‘Merry Christmas I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight’ posted on my blog as part of Donna Moore’s Ramones themed collection.
My review of The Hound Of Culan (Requiems For The Departed) at Spinetingler Magazine
‘Sugar And Spice’ at A Twist Of Noir
‘Siver Street’ at Dark Valentine Magazine (summer 2010)
‘Drinking Wine (Spo-Dee-Oh-Dee)’ at A Twist Of Noir
Beat On The Brat in Needle Magazine summer 2010
‘Sisterhood’ at A Twist Of Noir’
‘Drinking Wine (Spo-Dee-Oh-Dee)’ in Caught By Darkness (Static Movement)
‘Beat On The Brat’ wins the ‘Watery Grave Invitational’ competition at The Drowning Machine (last year’s winner Hilary Davidson author of The Damage Done)
‘Suture’ at Pulp Metal
‘An Arm And A Leg’ in Crimepree Magazine.
Interviewed for Spinetingler’s Coversations With The Bookless series.
‘Sea Minor’ in The Reader Magazine