Iain Pattison’s new is due out in May…

Pre order for 99p; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BNTCCQN/ref=sr_1_1?tag=nettanewbound-21&ie=UTF8&qid=1521838124&sr=8-1&keywords=jay+raven+blood+riders

I did a workshop with Iain Pattison aka Jay Raven in Cleckheaton Library which I found really useful and I’ve enjoyed his fiction.

Iain says …” I asked Junction Publishing to give me a design that looked like a Hammer Horror movie poster and I reckon they’ve really hit the target. Let me know what you think.”


Blood Riders - Book One: Crimson Siege by [Raven, Jay]


Undercliffe cemetery….

-images and ideas for stories/poems have been occupying my head lately to do with this Victorian gothic wonderland for the dead. Probably because I am on a writing course run by actress/writer/playwright Irene Lofthouse and we’re meeting tomorrow to continue collating our anthology for the launch in June.


as well as the Pop Up Dead or Alive Open Mic evening on Thursday this week, 12th April- which I am reading at.

Titles for my pieces include –


Treasure Hunt

A Bed for the Night

The Tallow Chandler’s Widow’s Valediction

Here are some images which have inspired my fiction-

Sphinxes in Bradford, couldn’t believe this when I first spotted it. Egypt comes to town.

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Classically carved Celtic Cross

Image result for undercliffe cemetery celtic crossMother and Child together.

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Easter hols…dogs -meet Roxy Rhodes and editing…free comps to enter…

I’ve had less writing time and more real life stuff burning a hole in the chez Rhodes ozone creativity layers- here’s  a pic of our new rescue pup/young dog- 10 month old Roxy from Ireland originally- via Darlington now to us in West Yorkshire- all in a few weeks- she’s put on some weight now- she was rather scrawny- she’s super energetic and just jumped our 6 foot stone garden wall today in a canine parkour move that puts us humans to shame.roxy

Which handily leads me to a Creative writing comp the other large animal rescue charity ie the RSPCA are running, with a closing date of 30 April for both short stories and poetry- (fee to enter)


with all profits going to RSPCA at The Holdings in Worcester- so a very good cause.

I have finished editing a YA anthology for Commonword publishers, based in Manchester- which I’ve loved doing and am being paid for! Double joy! Am hoping to add editing/proofreading to my skill tool set and if anyone out there would like to offer me work, it’s £10 per 1000 words (standard rate) and I am happy to edit a small sample for free.


Why pay entry fees when you can enter for free? and I’ve noticed that for some comps now the entry fees for flash and poetry is heading up to £10 which is a lot of money on 1 punt in the stratosphere. And soon adds up.


Free comp to enter at this link above- a 4 line poem is what they’re after- not too hard surely?

Here’s another free comp- which I read about again on Patsy Collins’s super useful and informative blog- would recommend you all sign up to follow her at:-http://patsy-collins.blogspot.co.uk/


Other free comps –

Legend Press are running occasional free to enter flash fiction comps at http://www.legendtimesgroup.co.uk/legend-press

and so is Dark Regions Press https://darkregions.com/ and if you sign up for their free newsletter you can keep updated.


Open mic at Undercliffe Cemetery Thur 12 April – Pop up Dead or Alive…


6.30pm onwards, book a free ticket on Eventbrite- open mic – 5 minute slots…..

View of the Undercliffe Cemetery Promenade

Calling local poets and poetry lovers! And flash fiction. An opportunity to perform your poetry in a small gathering at an amazing venue, Undercliffe Cemetery. Gates open at 6.30 so you can take advantage of looking around this unique Grade ll* Listed Victorian ‘Garden of Sleep’. Be inspired for poetry in The Lodge starting at 7.30pm

Undercliffe Cemetery, Registrar Andy Manning will be Master of Ceremonies. All levels of experience welcome – bring your first poem or your 100th and share it at this relaxed evening of poetry.

There is disabled access and toilets.

Tea and coffee available


It’s free, but we are in Yorkshire so would welcome donations!

Your contributions all go to the upkeep of this wonderful site.

My comments on judging the flash fiction comp for Saltaire writers….

via Judges’ comments

My comments on the shortlisted entries and why I picked the stories I did for 1st and 2nd places.

Here’s the opening paragraph-

“The two pieces I chose for 1st and 2nd place/runner up both achieved a multi layered tightly told story in under 500 words, in which their characters learned and changed during the piece) and both used imaginative language and dialogue effectively….”

There was a piece in the T&A as well…


In the Flash Fiction section, first prize went to Russell Lloyd, of Leeds, for ‘To Love, Honour and Maybe’. Second prize went to John Ellis of Alwoodley for ‘Half-Term’.

Strangely there’s a piece on Europe Breaking News website too about the comp- obviously Brexit can now take a back seat to the Saltaire writers!



Session Science Pictogram Fatigue Studies

Editing at Easter and a new drabble out on Horror Tree…

I am tied up (not literally) but creatively over this Easter hols editing/proofreading an YA anthology for Manchester based publishers Commonword- am delighted to have this op at this paid gig- so have been busy;


Meanwhile over at Horror Tree https://horrortree.com/category/trembling-with-fear/ I have a new drabble out on Trembling with Fear, Tailor Made– sewing can be deadly.

Tailor Made

“Jared laid out his tools: needle, thread, silver stork-handled scissors, a thimble, a length of virgin white silk- intended for a wedding dress. As Jared sewed up the hem and arm holes, he knew no bride would wear it. . . ”

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Free writer’s comp- for flash and poetry…


Run by Erewash Writers’ Group

Summer Garden

Please send us your

Poetry up to 40 lines
Flash fiction max 500 words
Short stories between 1,500 to 2,500 words

Closes Thursday 21st June 2018

One poetry or flash fiction entry will be awarded £10
One short story entry will be awarded £25
Winning entries will be published on this website
Names of winners and those shortlisted will be put into a hat,
one selected to be awarded free entry to one of our future competitions.

Daisies, Flower, Nature, Plant, Floral