I recently discovered that there is a name for my condition, hyperlexia. It is a word I thought I had made up, but it was first coined in 1967, the year I was born.
I am addicted to the flow of data – coherent, interesting data. If you are in the same room as me and I am glued to my notebook without ever looking up, it probably means that you are making too much noise, or talking about something I find embarrassing (usually the spouting of right-wing political opinion) or I just don’t like you.
I studied creative writing with the Open University. My academic background is in chemistry.
I write short fiction and poetry.
In 2011 I won the 2nd prize in the ‘Grist’ short fiction competition run by the University of Huddersfield. My story is called ‘Slow Dance With A Skeleton’ and appears in an anthology entitled, ‘Outside the Asylum’. It is about a man who meets a nutter in a railway station.
I have had a story called ‘Pick-up Technique’ accepted for publication by an e-publishing venture called Goggle. They have since terminated my contract, and so the story is currently unavailable, and I am marketing it as part of a collection.
On 30 June 2012 I came 2nd in the 5 Minute Fiction 1st Birthday competition, winning GBP 50. My story is called ‘Don’t Tell Me What It Is’. I won the 5 Minute Fiction 2012 Christmas competition, with a story called ‘Ten Pence, Please’.
I have had a story published by The Fiction Desk. It is called ‘Can We Have You All Sitting Down, Please?’ and appears in an anthology entitled, ‘Crying Just Like Anybody’.
My latest publication is a novella, published by Grist. It is called ‘Escape Kit’. You can buy it from http://www.inpressbooks.co.uk . This is a really good distributor, specialising in independent publishers from the UK and Ireland. They take debit cards and are very efficient.