Publications

Recently, I began submitting stories and essays to various publications and competitions. I thought it might be a good idea to keep track of where my work has been published, so I’ve made a list below.

Gutter,  Issue 18 – My short story, Mischief, was included in Issue 18 of Gutter and was published in August 2018 as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This issue of Gutter was the best selling book at the EIBF and it came bundled with The Freedom Papers – a collection of essays exploring the idea of freedom written by authors from all around the World, including Michel Faber, Carmen Maria Machado, and Afua Hirsch.

 A Practical Guide to the ResurrectedI entered my short story Blisstec Ltd into a UoG-run competition looking for science fiction stories related to medicine and health. I’m told over 600 people entered the competition, so I’m chuffed to bits that my story came in third place and it is published in Shoreline of Infinity’s shop along with the other top 20 stories.

Shetland Create, Issue 1: Home – My lyric essay To Home. Back Home. From Home. was chosen to be part of the online literary magazine and the follow-up printed anthology.

From Glasgow to SaturnIssue 37 – My short story Window was chosen to be part of issue 37 of the long-running Glasgow University literary magazine.

Meadowpark Pictures, One Pint to Line – Old Leto, a short story of mine about the end of the world was selected to be part of Meadowpark Pictures’ One Pint to Line project, where they get different actors to read out poetry and short fiction. My story is due to be filmed and posted on the website later this year.

Homeground, an anthology – Towards the end of 2016, I was privileged enough to be part of a mentor scheme that sought to help people who had a history of homelessness improve their creative writing skills. This was a legacy project following on from Glasgow’s hugely successful Homeless World Cup; the writing course was set up to thank all of the volunteers for helping out. The Homeground anthology (available from Amazon, here) is a collection of writing from the learners, the tutors, the mentors, and several other established writers who helped out on the course. My short story is a dark comedy about a man who is visited by the drunken ghost of his dead father.

From Glasgow to SaturnIssue 38 – My lyric essay Jenny was selected to be part of Issue 38 of From Glasgow to Saturn. You can buy a copy of the anthology on Amazon.

From Glasgow to SaturnIssue 39 – My collection of narratives from the perspective of famous Irish stones was published in Issue 39 of From Glasgow to Saturn. The narratives explore Irishness in various ways: the Irish language; its English dialects; its landscape and geography; its strong religious identity; its pagan mythology; and how Ireland has changed over thousands of years.

From Glasgow to SaturnIssue 40 – My story is called ‘Happy Endings’ and you can also read it on my short story page. It’s about changing the sad endings of stories to comfort ourselves. It’s about more than that, but there’s no point in spoiling the whole story here.