Creative Fiction and other pieces Music Images
I  write in prose, and it’s true enough that in one way or another most of what I write is telling a story. Not everything I do looks like a novel or even a short story: I would write poetry because I certainly want to be able to write lyrically, but I feel more comfortable formally in prose, where the basic unit is the sentence rather than the line.  I’ve included some occasional short pieces here. Click on any of the links below and you’ll be prompted to open or save a PDF of the full text. Despair: published in The Folkestone Anthology, a meditation on faith and lost opportunities. Shoreline: a short meditation on nature, permanence, and the bridges we try to build to each other. The Voyage: another story about faith and purpose (I’m a lapsed Catholic), imagining the journey of the Irish monk St Brendan in a coracle to Iceland. Marking Time: a hybrid piece, somewhere between poetry and a prose meditation, about the end of things (relationships and life). Actually this one is certainly not a short story, with illustrations running to something over 100 pages. If you plan to print it out click here for a paper-saving format. If you intend to read it on a screen click here for an optimised version. I have a few other projects in hand, including Still Water, a novel I thought I’d finished but which needs more work (don’t they always). I’ll post more here when it’s done.
This image is a painting by my brother Mark, created in response to “Waiting”, the first part of Marking Time. The piece is carefully autobiographical, considering how we make sense of our lives by making stories of them, the past contained in chapters or anecdotes.
Stories
Creative Fiction and other pieces Music Images
I  write in prose, and it’s true enough that in one way or another most of what I write is telling a story. Not everything I do looks like a novel or even a short story: I would write poetry because I certainly want to be able to write lyrically, but I feel more comfortable formally in prose, where the basic unit is the sentence rather than the line.  I’ve included some occasional short pieces here. Click on any of the links below and you’ll be prompted to open or save a PDF of the full text. Despair: published in The Folkestone Anthology, a meditation on faith and lost opportunities. Shoreline: a short meditation on nature, permanence, and the bridges we try to build to each other. The Voyage: another story about faith and purpose (I’m a lapsed Catholic), imagining the journey of the Irish monk St Brendan in a coracle to Iceland. Marking Time: a hybrid piece, somewhere between poetry and a prose meditation, about the end of things (relationships and life). Actually this one is certainly not a short story, with illustrations running to something over 100 pages. If you plan to print it out click here for a paper-saving format. If you intend to read it on a screen click here for an optimised version. I have a few other projects in hand, including Still Water, a novel I thought I’d finished but which needs more work (don’t they always). I’ll post more here when it’s done.
This image is a painting by my brother Mark, created in response to “Waiting”, the first part of Marking Time. The piece is carefully autobiographical, considering how we make sense of our lives by making stories of them, the past contained in chapters or anecdotes.
Stories