avebury_copyDue out in 2019
I’m thrilled that my debut middle grade novel will be published in 2019 by Hayloft Books. It’s being illustrated by Kelsea Rothaus, whose web site is here – and she showcases sneak peeks of her art, including illustrations for the book, on Instagram.

More details in the next few months, but the photo here is a story hint!

Bronze Moon: A collection of previously published short storiescover

Between 2016 and 2018, I wrote three short stories and a short memoir piece that were published as described in more detail below. I’ve now gathered these four previously published works into a short collection.

You can find it as a paperback by using the link here if you’re in the UK or if you’re in the US, here, with a Kindle option too.




The Silence of Geraniums
A literary short story accepted for publication in Issue 11 of The Nottingham Review, published in May 2018. They look for “Diverse characters, voices and settings in stories that focus on the ordinary, mundane aspects of contemporary life … We particularly love

Red_geranium_2 copyright Lewis Collard

Wikimedia Commons (c) Lewis Collard

literary minimalism/dirty realism, defined by Granta editor Bill Burford as stories ‘devoted to the local details, the nuances, the little disturbances in language and gesture… these are strange stories: unadorned, unfurnished, low-rent tragedies about people who watch day-time television, read cheap romances or listen to country and western music.’ ”



Friday’s Child
A literary short story published this spring after receiving the second prize in the Bedford International Writing Competition 2017. The anthology is available here.


The Adonis Effectfish
A literary short story in Fish Anthology 2017, selected for publication in the international Fish Publishing 2016 Short Story contest judged by novelist Neel Mukherjee; he described it as ‘beautifully and precisely written’. It’s available here if you’re in the UK, or here if you’re in the US.



A Game of Cribbage
A short memoir piece about a strange episode in my life on a sheep farm in Wales appeared in the York Literary Review in May 2016. York Literary Review is a journal of new writing

and criticism, published twice a year.



Photo:  Anne Hirst

Almost the Top of the World
Cricket magazine published my nonfiction account of climbing Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Almost the Top of the World, under the name Roz Kay. Cricket publishes fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction, and has published some of the most respected writers of children’s literature. You can access this online version using a US library card number.