I am the author of nine books: a hybrid novel, three short story collections, two poetry collections, two poetry pamphlets and a hybrid book inspired by particle physics. I am the editor of FUEL: 75 Prize-Winning Flash Fictions Raising Funds to Fight Fuel Poverty (Feb 2023). I am also co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers and Artists Companion, and On This Day She, and co-editor of I Am Because You Are. You can buy signed copies of some of my books direct from me – while stocks last.

New books

Published on 15th Feb 2023, FUEL is an anthology of 75 prize-winning flash fictions by authors around the globe raising funds to fight fuel poverty. Find out more and pre-order here.


I had two new books published last year: my second poetry collection, Still Life With Octopus, published by Nine Arches Press, and my debut novel, Go On, a hybrid “fictional-memoir-in-collage”, by Broken Sleep Books. I have a limited number of bundles of both books at a special discount price of £20 (free postage in UK.) If you’d like them signed, please let me know who to sign them to.


On This Day She: Putting Women Back Into History One Day At A Time by Jo Bell, Tania Hershman and Ailsa Holland. (Bonnier, 2021). Visit  onthisdayshe.com for more details!


SOLD OUT. My particle-physics-inspired hybrid book, ‘and what if we were all allowed to disappear’ (ISBN 1916060560) was published as a limited edition in March 2020 by the amazing Guillemot Press. Inspired by particle physics, it asks: ‘What does it mean to be in pieces? What might it mean to be whole?’


How High Did She Fly? was joint winner of the 2019 Live Canon Poetry Pamphlet Competition (Live Canon, 2019) (ISBN 1909703826, Nov 2019). Find out more and read 2 of the poems.


My debut poetry collection, Terms and Conditions (ISBN 1911027220), is now available from Nine Arches Press (July 2017). It is available as an ebook here. You can also order it from Waterstones, Foyles, the Book Depository, Wordery or  The Hive or ask your favourite independent bookshop to get you a copy! Click here for more information about the book, links to poems and reviews.


My third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, was published by Unthank Books in 2017. Click here for more details about the book, including links to some of the stories and reviews.



Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open (Southword Editions, 2016 –  2nd prize winner, Fool For Poetry chapbook contest) My debut poetry chapbook contains 20 poems.

short stories


(tangent books, 2012) A collection of 56 of my very short fictions – Find out more about the book




The White Road and Other Stories (salt modern fiction, 2008) Commended, Orange Award for New Writers, 2009. A collection of short stories and very short stories, many inspired by science. Audiobook available from Audible and Amazon –   click here to hear me reading a sample story, my flash story, Plaits. Find out more about The White Road and Other Stories – excerpts, reviews, interviews and the virtual book tour >>

I’ve made my very first audiobook! Produced by the excellent SoundByte Recording, you can listen to me reading stories from my first collection, The White Road & Other Stories (Salt Modern Fiction, 2008). Available from Audible and Amazon –   click here to hear me reading a sample story, my flash story, Plaits.

books on writing


A Writers & Artists Companion: Writing Short Stories co-written by me and Courttia Newland (bloomsbury, dec 2014)

eBook available –  for Kindle here and in EPUB format here.




(salt, 2013 (2nd edition)

Short Circuit: a guide to the art of the short story, featuring chapters by many writers, including my chapter on flash fiction. For more, visit Salt.



(Freight Books, 2015) The Einstein-inspired short story anthology I co-edited with Pippa Goldschmidt, featuring a wealth of wonderful writers, is now available from Freight Books. Find out more here>>> .

multi-author anthologies


The End Anthology from Unthank Books, including my new short story, Loose Ends. Visit the website >>



out-of-place-cover-247x350-212x300(Spineless Wonders, 2015)

An anthology of prose poems and microfiction, including my prose poem, The Evolutionary Imperative of Laughter Is Confused. See more here >>


nature FUTURES 2
(Tor Books, 2014)

My short story, The Perfect Egg, is included in this anthology of 100 stories previously published in nature journal’s Futures section. More information here>>>


(Stone Skin Press, 2013)

My short story, You Must Remember This, is included in this anthology of stories about plotting and scheming. More information here>>>


The Lion and the Aardvark: Aesop’s Modern Fables
(Stone Skin Press, 2012)

My short story, The Scientist and the Tiger, is included in this anthology of 21st century Aesop’s fables: 70 writers from across the creative spectrum bring their modern sensibilities to this classic format.  More information here>>>



Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud
(Salt Publishing, 2012)

My short story, What Do You Do, is included in this anthology edited by Jonathan Taylor of stories designed to be read aloud. More information here>>>



(Negative Press, 2012)

My short story, Switchgirls,was commissioned by photographer Roelof Bakker for an anthology of stories inspired by his photographs of vacant spaces in Hornsey. More information here>>>



(Comma Press, 2011)
Now available for the Kindle !

My short story, We Are All Made of Protein But Some of Us Glow More Than Others, was commissioned for Comma Press’ second science-inspired fiction anthology, Litmus. More information here>>>



Slightly Peculiar Love Stories
(Rosa Mira Books, 2011)

My flash stories Dangerous Shoes, Think of Icebergs, Plaits and Transparent, are published in the excellent ebook, Slightly Peculiar Love Stories. More information here>>


On The Clock: Contemporary Short Stories About Work
(Bottom Dog Press, 2010)

My short story Evie and the Arfids is republished in the excellent book of stories about work. More information here>>


(Cinnamon Press, 2010)

My flash story, Straight Up, is included in Exposure,  an anthology or prose poetry and microfiction, in the great company of Sarah Hilary, Catherine Smith, Valerie O’Riordan, Angela Readman and Jo Cannon. Buy it now

ideas above our station
(route publishing, 2006)

On A Roll was published in Route’s Ideas Above Our Station anthology. Buy a copy from Route or The Book Depository

(route publishing, 2005)

The White Road was published in Route’s Ideas Above Our Station anthology. Buy a copy from Route or The Book Depository