True stories

Tales I tell my grandchildren …

which you can read on my blog, was also published in a collection called Knock Twice: 25 modern folktales for troubling times.  

knock-II-for-website 2Edited by Andrew Simms, director of the New Weather Institute, Knock Twice has contributions from campaigners for social justice, environmentalists and others who agree with Philip Pullman, that ‘Stories are one of the most ancient and most effective ways of making sense of the world…’

It can be ordered from

What was once a city …

 maxresdefaultis  about something that happened in my first months of working for Save the Children, when – by accident, and totally unprepared – I landed up in the midst of a civil war. It won both the Yeovil Literature Prize, and 1st prize in Fish Publishing’s short memoir competition.
I’ll be reading from it at the West Cork Literary Festival in July, at the launch of the Anthology in which it will be published.