One of the great things about writing for me is that I can go anywhere and experience anything without actually leaving my desk. However, I do get out and about because of my writing occasionally.
Meeting like-minded people at the Arvon Foundation Courses has been an extraordinary experience for me with stays at the Hurst, Totleigh Barton and Lumb Bank. Joining the writing community of The Writers’ Workshop has been a life-line at times when you think you’re the only person in the world to spend a Saturday night at home staring at the manuscript on your screen.
The Giants Look Down
At the age of ten, Jaya Vaidya decides she wants to follow in the footsteps of her beloved father and become a doctor, much to the chagrin of her traditional mother and the patriarchal community she lives in.
Published by Robert Hale, 2016.
My short story Dreamtime’s Legacy has been published in the Stories for Homes Anthology in aid of Shelter. Once again I didn’t want to write about anything too close to home so I thought Australia would be perfect. This one’s about an aborigine called Moqo and Dreamtime, an era when the spirits gave his people their land. As the holder of a thousand-year secret Moqo knows a place no white has ever set foot in. At the very heart of his homeland and his culture, he must never disclose this treasure at any cost.
My short story ‘Unheard of’ which takes place on a small island off the West Coast of Ireland made the longlist for the Insomnia short story competition.