Shortlisted for the Sabotuer Awards 2015

May 2015

It's wonderful to be shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards, along with some other fantastic people who I know and like. If you fancy voting for Any Other Mouth to win, votes are open until 24th May, over here...


Shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2015

May 2015

Any Other Mouth has made it onto the shortlist for the prestigious Edge Hill Prize, along with five other fantastic writers.


'Grants for the arts' Award 2015

January 2015

I really appreciate the ongoing support of the Arts Council, who helped to support the writing of my debut novel, So Happy It Hurts, out with Jonathan Cape in 2017.


Winner of The Green Carnation Prize 2014

November 2014

I'm shocked and utterly delighted to have won this excellent LGBT award, which was run in partnership with Foyles this year


Shortlisted for the Saltire Society's First Book Award 2014

October 2014

I feel really honoured to be one of six people on the shortlist for this prestigious award


Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2014

June 2014

Woohoo! I found out, on my book's official release date, that Any Other Mouth has been longtlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. I am so excited to be on the same longlist as Lorrie Moore. I can pretty much die happy now.


'Grants for the arts' Award 2013

July 2013

I was very, very happy to receive a Grants for the arts Award from the Arts Council, which enabled me to have the time to write and complete my debut short story collection.


​Bridport Prize 2012
Judge: author Patrick Gale
September 2012

I'm not going to lie. I danced around my flat for about five hours when I found out I’d been shortlisted for this award. There were apparently around 6,100 entries for this year’s competition, so it feels great to have made it to the shortlist.


Spilling Ink Short Story Prize 2012

Judge: author Richard Beard
2nd Place - ‘101 Uses For A Blind Person’
July 2012

This short story was written for The PhD That Never Happened, so it’s great that it’s found a good home here.

​Unbound Press Short Story Award 2012
Judge: Lucy Luck (literary agent)
1st Place - ‘If You Drank Coffee’
May 2012

My short story ‘If You Drank Coffee’ won first place in this competition - my first ever first prize. It's published in this collection.


​Dying Matters Final Chapters Writing Competition 2012
Judges: Roger Kirkpatrick, Nell Dunn, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Diana Melly
Highly Commended - ‘Google Maps Saved My Life’
May 2012

This competition was run by the Dying Matters charity, which was set up by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), and aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards death, dying and bereavement. My story was highly commended (out of 1400 entries), and published in an anthology, then in this book.

​Family Legends 2011

Winner - ‘Dad’
June 2011

The Family Legends project was run by the Scottish Book Trust, and 57 winners were chosen out of over 700 entries to go in this fab book. My short story ‘Dad' was one of the winning stories. It is a short eulogy for my father, written shortly after he died in 2010.

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