Awards for Fiction
Grants and Bursaries
Conferences, Residencies and Literary Festivals
Public Readings and Events
Additional Experience


“Echolocation” – upcoming in Flare: An Anthology of Chronic Illness Told in Flash Narratives, 2023
Labyrinth” – Atticus Review, 2022, USA
What Men Want” – Hobart, February 2022, USA
Provenance” – World Literature Today, Summer 2019, USA
“The Rock” – Beyond History: The Radiance of the Short Story, 2019, USA, anthology for the 15th International Conference on the Short Story, Lisbon, Portugal
The Bird” – Hobart, May 2017, USA
“Dojo” – Unbraiding the Short Story, 2014, USA, anthology for the 13th International Conference on the Short Story, Vienna, Austria
“Gone Fishing” – Wasafiri, Issue 79, Celebrating Thirty Years, 2014, UK
“Even In Ruin” – Masala, Descant 162, winter 2013/14, Canada
“La Llorona” – Springbok Publications Wildlife Anthology, 2013, UK
“Fault Lines” – Southeast Review issue 31.1,  Spring 2013, USA
“War” – audio publication, The Drum Literary Magazine, Fall 2012, USA
“Birth” – World Literature Today, – November 2012, USA
“Small Things” – A Winter’s Guide to Melancholia, Descant 159, A Winter Reader, Canada, 2012
“Minotaur” – Lightship Anthology 2, November 2012, UK
“117 Days” – bosque, ABQ Writers Co-op, November 2012, USA
“So Long, Marianne” – Unthology No 3, Winter 2012, Unthank Books, Norwich, UK
“So Long, Marianne” – the Winners, The Bridport Prize, 2012, UK
“The Sandman” – Bridges: A Global Anthology of Short Stories, 12th International Conference on the Short Story Anthology,  June 2012, USA
“Athens by Night” – Reader’s Digest, April 23, 2012, UK
“The Offering” – The Raven Chronicles Vol 16, #1 “Matters of the Spirit”, Spring 2012 USA
Athens by Night” – 100 Word Story, 2012, USA
“War” – Nil Desperandum, audio fiction podcast Jan. 2012, USA
The Promise” – Irish Times, November 2011 Ireland
Workout” – 100 Word Story, 2011, USA
La Llorona” – Cezanne’s Carrot, Summer 2011 USA
“Mihalis and the Mermaid” – Fiddlehead No. 247, Spring 2011, Canada
“Karaoke Girl” – FlashMob Myebook, UK, 2011
“Recreating History” – The Toronto Quarterly Issue 7, 2011, Canada
Square Root – The Drum, 2011 (audio fiction), United States
“Romeo and the Lonely Girl” – Carousel, April 2011, Canada
“La Llorona”, “Blue Moon”, “War”, “The Sandman”,
“Square Root”, “The Good Wife”, “The Psychology of Crime” *Ether Books Mobile Publishing, December 2010, UK
“Dojo” – Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Winter 2010 University of Chester, UK
“Write or Die” – Unthology No 1, Winter 2010, Unthank Books, Norwich, UK
“On Havelock” – Fleetings, 2010, UK
“The Good Wife” – The Drum, 2010 (audio fiction), United States
The Psychology of Crime ” – Per Contra, 2010 (fiction), United States
“The Good Wife” – AGNI 71, 2010, Boston University, United States
“Soldier Boy” – Chautauqua 2010, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA
“Square Root” – Prism Review 12, 2010 (fiction), University of La Verne, United States
“Romeo and the Lonely Girl” – Takahe 67, (fiction), 2009 Takahe Collective Trust, New Zealand
“On the Line with Johnny Noo-Noos” – Quicksilver 1.2, 2009 (fiction), The University of Texas at El Paso, United States
“War” – Sou’wester, Fall 2008 (fiction), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA
“Petite Princess” – Common Ties, July 2008 (creative non-fiction), USA
“Biker Justice” – Common Ties, June 2008 (creative non-fiction), United States
“A Walk in the Bush” – Santa Fe Writers Project, May 2008 (fiction), United States
“Judgement Day” – Word Riot, March 2008 (fiction), United States
“The Sandman” – The Dublin Quarterly, Issue 12, Jan – Feb 2008 (fiction), Ireland
“Sixty-nine Dollars” – r.kv.ry. Quarterly, Winter 2008 vol. iii no. 2 (fiction), United States
“La Llorona” – Versal Six, Spring 2008 (fiction), Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunrise Café” – VerbSap, Fall 2007 (creative non-fiction), United States
“Ian Buruma – blind to Japanese chauvinism?” – The Whole Earth Review, Spring 1991 (non-fiction), United States

(*Ether Books Mobile Publishing, UK, stories available for download onto iPod and mobile devices)

Awards for Fiction

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, Very Short Fiction finalist 2023
SWF First 5 Pages Prize, shortlisted, 2022
Grindstone International Novel Prize, First Prize, 2020
Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition, Runner-up, 2019
Bridport Prize – The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel, First Prize, 2019
Flash 500 Flash Fiction, long listed, 2019
Writers’ Union of Canada’s Short Prose Competition top 12, June 2019
Stockholm Writers Festival First Pages Prize, Second Place, May 2019
PRISM international Creative Non-Fiction prize, long listed, September 2018
2018 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, finalist, February 2018
Glimmer Train’s Family Matters, Top 25 finalist, February 2018
Fish Short Memoir Prize, long listed, 2016
Fish Flash Fiction Prize, short listed, 2016
Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award, short listed, 2016
Winchester Writers’ Festival Writing Competitions, Memoir – Highly Commended, 2015
Short Fiction’s 67th Annual Short Story Competition, University of Plymouth UK, short listed, 2015
The Bridport Prize, Highly Commended for a short story, 2012
bosque Fiction Prize, ABQ Writers Co-op, USA, winner 2012
Short Fiction’s 6th Annual Short Story Competition, University of Plymouth UK, short listed, 2012
The Lightship International Flash Fiction Prize, UK, short listed 2012
The Writer’s Union of Canada, Postcard Story Competition, finalist 2012
Southeast Review, World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest, finalist 2012
Reader’s Digest UK 100 Word Story Competition, commended, 2012
Eric Hoffer Award, USA, finalist 2012
Best of the Net, 2011 Nominee
Mslexia Women’s First Novel Competition, long-listed, 2011
Over The Edge New Writer of the Year, Galway, Ireland, short-listed fiction finalist, 2011
J.G. Farrell Award for best novel-in-progress 2011, West Cork Literary Festival
Elephant Prize for Short Fiction, semi-finalist, 2011
Lightship Publishing’s First Chapter competition, long-listed, 2011
Flashmob Writing Competition, finalist, 2011
Fish One-Page Prize, short-listed, 2011
The Fiddlehead 20th Annual Literary Contest, Honourable Mention, 2011
Wordhustler Page to Screen Story Contest, finalist, 2011
The Bridport Prize, finalist, short story, 2010
Red Room’s Scandalously Short Story Contest, winner, 2010
Fleeting Magazine Best Short Writing in the World, finalist 2010
The Scott Prize (Salt Publishing) shortlisted, 2010
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, commended, 2009
Glimmer Train’s Family Matters, honourable mention, April 2009 and 2007
Fish Short Story Prize short story prize, short listed, 2008/2009
Glimmer Train Press’s Open Fiction, honourable mention, 2008 and 2010
Perigree Fiction Contest, finalist, 2009
Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction, finalist 2009
Southwest Review’s David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize, finalist 2008
Glimmer Train Press’s Very Short Fiction, honourable mention, 2008
William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award, finalist, 2008
Writers at Work Fellowship competition, fiction finalist 2008
Over The Edge New Writer of the Year, long-listed fiction finalist, 2008  & 2009
SFWP Literary Awards Program, fiction finalist 2007
New Millennium Writings, Award for fiction, honourable mention 2007
This Magazine’s 11th Annual Great Canadian Literary Hunt, fiction finalist 2007
Event Magazine, creative non-fiction contest, short-listed 1991

Grants, Bursaries & Scholarships

Dr. William A. Cochrane Endowment Award to attend the Autobiography and Fiction with Electric Literature residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 2019
Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant, 2019, 2020
Canada Council for the Arts Grants to Professional Writers, 2014
Arts Council England Grants for the arts, 2013, 2020
Arts Council Ireland, Literature Bursary Award, 2012
Arts Council Ireland, Travel Grant, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018
Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant, 2011, 2017, 2018
Jeff and Kim van Steenbergen Scholarship, The Banff Centre, 2011
Canada Council for the Arts Grants to Professional Writers, 2010

Conferences, Residencies and Literary Festivals

Autobiography and Fiction with Electric Literature residency, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 2019
15th International Conference on the Short Story, Lisbon, Portugal 2018 – guest writer & panellist “Flash Fiction in Method and Meaning”; “Politics and Short Fiction”
The Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka – invited participant and workshop leader, 2018
13th International Conference on the Short Story, Vienna, Austria 2014 -guest writer & panellist “Liminality in the Threshold Story”
The Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka – invited participant and workshop leader, 2011
12th International Conference on the Short Story, Little Rock, Arkansas – guest writer, 2012
Sirenland Writer’s Conference, Italy – participant, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
Wired Writing Studio, The Banff Centre, Canada  – participant 2011/2012
The Charles Pick Fellowship, University of East Anglia, shortlisted, 2011

Public Readings and Events

Reading of excerpt from “Seagull Pie” at the Autobiography and Fiction with Electric Literature residency, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 2019
Reading of “The Bird”, “Echolocation” and “War” at the 15th International Conference on the Short Story, Lisbon, Portugal 2018
Reading of “Even in Ruin” at the 13th International Conference on the Short Story, Vienna, Austria 2014
Liminality in the Threshold Story – panellist at the 13th International Conference on the Short Story, Vienna, Austria 2014
Reading of “So Long Marianne” November, 2012, for the launch of The Unthology No 3, Unthank Books, Norwich, UK
Flash Fiction Rapid Fire Reading
, Cork International Short Story Festival, Cork, Ireland 2012
A Postcard to Banff, Excellent Excerpts: Five Wired Writers, Toronto, Canada 2012
Reading of “The Sandman” and “Fault Lines” at the 12th International Conference on the Short Story in English, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2012
Flash Fiction: The Little Story that Could – author on roundtable discussion also featuring Robert Olen Butler, Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Tania Hershman – 12th International Conference on the Short Story in English, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2012
Reading of “La Llorona” May, 2008, for the launch of Versal 6, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Monthly readings of emerging writer’s works, 2007 – 2009 at Lough Allua Arts & Healing, Co. Cork, Ireland


“Suzi Got Her Lips Tattooed”– Far Fetched Productions, co-writer, actor, 1994, Canada
“Good in Bed” – Far Fetched Productions, dramaturge, 1993, Canada
“Coincidence” – Drill Hall productions, co-writer, performance artist 1987, UK
“The Party” – Group of Three, writer, performance artist 1987, UK


“Diving into Story” Zoom workshops & monthly workshops at the Tree of Life, Hove, UK
Individual writing mentorships, 2012 – present
“Diving into Story” & “Flash Fiction” workshops, the Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka 2018
“How to Face the Blank Page” seminar, North-South University Collaboration programme, a platform for reconciliation and bridge building, Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka 2018
“Diving Deeper” – retreats and workshops, U.S.A., Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany, 2006 – 2015
“Diving Deeper: A Writing Workshop” – on-line writer’s group at, 2007 – 2010
“Diving Deeper” – on-line writer’s workshop, 2010 – 2012
“How to get published in literary journals” seminar, Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka, January 2011
“Aspiring writers: Do you dream of being published?” seminar, British Council, Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 2011


Mentored by Jim Shepard, 2014, and Marina Endicott, 2011/2012
Freefall writing workshops with Barbara Turner-Vesselago, Canada, UK, Spain, Portugal 1996 – 2016
Halfway-Through, novel-writing workshop with Gillian Slovo, West Cork Literary Festival, 2011
Deena Metzger – writing intensive, Los Angeles, US, Spring 2009
David Deida 3D Teacher Training Certificate, Boulder, US 2004
Interactive Multimedia Applications Certificate – DMS, Toronto, Canada 1994
Electronic Prepress Certificate – ITDC, University of Toronto, Canada 1993
Certificate in Creative Writing – George Brown College, Toronto, Canada 1992
Photography and Semiotics – Polytechnic of Central London, England 1984
B.A. Hons., Classical Studies & Ancient Greek – Bristol University, England, 1981


• Founder of AWABosnia, Animal Welfare Advocates for Bosnia Herzegovina, UK, raising awareness and funds to stop animal suffering in Bosnia-Herzegovina
• Guest writer on the Mslexia blog (, UK publication for women writers
• Guest judge for Vala Publishing’s (England) ‘Freefall Writing Contest’, 2013
• Consultant & project manager for Corporate Communications on and CIBCToday (intranet) – Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Head Office
• Designed and built websites for private and corporate clients
• Taught computer graphic applications at university level in Canada and as a volunteer teacher in Dharamsala, India to Tibetan refugees
• Taught Jeet Kune Do and self-defence for women, Toronto, Canada
• Exhibited photographs in solo and group exhibitions in Ireland, Canada & UK
• Performed as a mime, actor and performance artist, UK
• Hosted live community arts programs for radio, Canada
• Professional weaver in Donegal and taught weaving to students from Dublin’s Newpark Comprehensive school transition year at the Glencolumbkille Craft Centre and at The Open College, Belfast
• Weaving incorporated into the textile art project: “Gulf Stream Project” on permanent display at the Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny
• Exhibited weaving at the Royal Dublin Craft Fair