The body had no name. It was not supposed to be there…
Jess is a researcher on a quest to give the one-hundred-year-old skeleton, discovered in the exhumed grave of a prominent bishop, an identity. But she’s not sure of her own – her career is stalling, her marriage is failing. She doesn’t want to spend hours in the archives, rifling through dusty papers in an endless search for a name. And when a young man named Hayden makes clear his interest in her, Jess has to decide what is most important to her.
The Bishop's Girl - out 18th September 2016.
I am a writer of short stories, around thirty of which have been published in online and print journals. My debut collection of short stories, Catching the Barramundi, was published by Odyssey Books in November 2012, with my second collection, The Settling Earth, being published in December 2014. Both Catching the Barramundi and The Settling Earth were longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award, the UK's only award for short story collections.
My stories have appeared in journals including The London Magazine, Per Contra, Menda City Press, Bartleby Snopes, Foundling Review, The Linnet's Wings, Glasschord, Euonia Review, Halfway Down the Stairs, Words with Jam, and Controlled Burn. Click on the "Sample Stories and Links" tab to see pieces of my work.
I have a Ph.D. in English Literature, focusing on the writing of non-Maori settler women in New Zealand. Many of my stories are set in isolated landscapes, and explore the interconnectedness of the human and surrounding topography.
I am also keen to promote creative writing and sit on the Steering Committee of the Grace Dieu Writers Circle in Leicestershire. Our group hosts annual workshops on a variety of genres; poetry, screenwriting, short stories.
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