Norm's Punchline

FICTION: Norm’s Punchline

Not quite runner-up in the HISSAC Prize 2010.   Listen now. Lovely audience. Listen now. Open mic. Eh. Bit nervous. Gotta laugh though. Good evening and yes, you’re a lovely audience. Good evening. Listen now. No mate. Don’t give me...

Fruit fly

FICTION: The rest is harvest

First published in 2008 in the (sadly defunct) elimae.   We take comfort in the song of the swarm now. I try to, at least, as they prise our mouths wide to empty their pap, then pump us empty for nest and young, leaving us in damp excess...

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FICTION: Retrospective with Mum

First published in The Pygmy Giant in 2009.   I’ve brought a stack of old photo albums to the home with me. It’ll be nice to go through them with Mum, I’m thinking. When I arrive she’s doing her usual routine, where she sits...

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FICTION: Learning the pig

First published online in Bull, 2015.   “When I was your age,” said Dad, “your grandfather could get a sow right between the eyes at this distance.” He twisted and rolled the pebble between his fingers, staring straight ahead at...

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FILM: 2015 – a year in view

Another short film I made for Homeless Link – an annual review looking back on 2015. I took the opportunity to learn some VFX tricks to put imaginary ads onto billboards and moving buses. Lesson learnt: don’t start a rotoscoping...

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FILM: What it’s like to be young and...

A short, animated film I made for Homeless Link based on audio interviews with young people experiencing homelessness. As you’ll hear from some of the words on the soundtrack, the best way to get to grips with an issue isn’t to...

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FICTION: Turkey Republic

First published in Litro, 2008.   My friends and gatherstruts. Believe only what you feel to be true and wise. Trust only those you sense have pecked long and deep. This freedom we enjoy could never have been given: it had to be fought for...

Photograph: Michael Tapp

FICTION: Relative to Elsa

First published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (ASIM #43), 2010.   The first time I sent a message to Elsa, I wanted to tell her how fast we were travelling. We were a week out from Earth and I hadn’t sent anything back...

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FILM: Fishmaking

It’s a cliché, but the kids grow up so fast that it’s sometimes good to be able to slow down and watch them. Or maybe even slow them down so you don’t miss so much. At least that’s what I tried to do here –...

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FICTION: Sheena up a mountain wearing...

  First published in Radgepacket II anthology, 2008, then online as part of Red Peter and broadcast on Radio Wildfire.   Don’t laugh like. Me and Sheens camping in Snowdonia. Doing the big friggin outdoors thing. Me and...