A short story of mine has topped the list at the London School of Journalism’s bi-monthly Microfiction competition. Submissions had to use fewer than 400 characters; the Tools – Wordcount menu function has never taken such a battering.

All the winning stories can be found here.



Reuben Martin


Recently I was commissioned to write a piece for the Great Book of Tottenham, a community-led initiative funded by the Bernie Grant Arts Centre to commemorate some of the district’s local figures. Tottenham was one of the places in London that bore the brunt of the recent riots – in many ways, the tributes and positive stories that came with the Great Book couldn’t have come at a better time.

Reuben Martin, 1948

My piece concentrated on the life of Reuben Martin; a finalist during the ’50s in the Mr. Universe competitions, founder of a local Tottenham gym and possibly latterly seen in a gorilla costume in many Carry On films, he led me on a merry research runaround and it was a great pleasure to find out more about the man. I hope I managed to rustle up a fitting profile for him.

Carry On Up the Jungle (1970)



As the blurb runs on the ShadowStage website, why don’t you  ‘come and experience the joy of shadow-play at our FREE Interactive ShadowArt Installation: 8-16 October 2011, 10am-10pm’, all in the Odeon Wimbledon foyer.

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With music from Todd J Hendricks and some flash editing by Charles-Antoine Hennegrave, it’s been quite a process to see my short story squirt out from hard-drive to torch-beam to full-on installation. Consider this an invitation to pop along if you’re in the SW19 area for a 4-minute view –  treat yourself to a play with the enplinthed telephone and flashlights too. Popcorn nearby.