Creative Writing

Creatively, I write poetry, flash fiction, short stories, plays, and more.

I completed my first play, Nothing to Lose, at the end of 2019. It is now in production with Peppered Wit as a ‘theatre on film’ project.

I am currently working on a second full-length play and a novel about domestic abuse during COVID. I have a 10-minute short play currently shortlisted for the annual NAWG Awards, which will be announced in September.

I’m a member of the Runaway Writers group in Burton On Trent, where I enjoy sharing my creative work and listening to the work of others.

Nothing To Lose

What would you do if you only had six months to live? When notorious gangster Tommy ‘Twinkle Toes’ Abbott joins the ‘Speak Out About Cancer’ support group there’s only one thing for it – rob the bank on the High Street… 

A diverse group of characters, brought together by their terminal illnesses, suddenly discover there’s more to life than chemo and visits to the oncology department.

From dramatic disguises to an ice-cream van getaway vehicle, this dark comedy explores how each character deals with their illness, forms new friendships (or rekindles old ones), and opens up about what they want to leave as their legacies. 

The only question is: will they get away with it?

Find out more about the play at Peppered Wit – https://pepperedwit.co.uk/nothing-to-lose/

Watch the prelude poem ‘Bad Hair Days’ read by Tara L Lacey of Peppered Wit on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYD3zmDwll4

Flash Fiction

In May 2022 my short story ‘Element’ won first place in the Flash Fiction competition of Stafford Litfest and will appear in the Stafford Litfest: The Anthology 2022 by Dream Well Writing Ltd.

‘Element’ considers the relationship between a mother and son and explores the lengths a mother will go to in order to protect and encourage their child, set against the beautiful scenic backdrop of Barton Marina in Staffordshire.

My short story ‘The Nest’ appears in the third flash fiction / short stories anthology produced by Loft Books, published in spring 2022. https://loftbooksltd.wixsite.com/website

This is a topical story about heat poverty and old age collided with the impersonal impact technology can have on our lives.

Children’s Stories

I found my storytelling voice as soon as I became a mum. Every night I would create a ‘Story of the Day’ for my baby daughter, putting her at the middle of a fairy tale built around our adventures of the day. I would highlight all her major achievements, where we had been, who we had seen, and weave them into a story.

My daughter soon grew to become a book lover, just like her mum, and reading stories aloud and together became our new routine. We had favourite authors and liked to guess what came next.

When my daughter started school, new characters got created to make the 10-minute drive engaging and take her mind off new-school jitters. Baby Monkey was born when my daughter started to wonder at what animals lived in the National Forest, which surrounds our village.

Baby Monkey soon started to accompany us on our daily journeys. He became best friends with her favourite teddy, Bear Bear, and made new friends with Birdy, who lived in a tree in our street. A whole monkey family unit was created, and a regular pattern of monkey school, birthdays and parties became part of our life.

The Adventures of Bear Bear & Baby Monkey can now be found on YouTube. We hope more children will now come to love these characters that we have shared with each other over the years. Tune in now.