‘Positional Vertigo’ launch – much fun!

Thank you to all at Askance for a great night on tuesday and a great publication. So impressed by the quality of the book and the writing. Great to hear some of the short stories read by the other authors.  My Story ‘Carried Away ‘ is subtitled Love, Loss and Tequila. It was Awarded Runner Up Prize in the Askance 2012 Short Story Competition. The story won a small cash prize and will feature in an anthology called Positional Vertigo. More details are on the websiteProceeds of the sale of the anthology will go to support ACT a charity that offer patient support to two main hospitals in Cambridge – Addenbrookes & The Rosie.


I am delighted to have won this prize and that my first print fiction publication is about a subject and a place very close to my heart. Over the years I have had many reasons to use Addebrookes and The Rosie and know how hard times of illness can be for individuals and families. When you are dependent on others for support and uncertain of your future you place yourself in the hands of well meaning strangers and say a little prayer. Charities such as ACT play a vital role in providing real support for patients and help them come to terms with the seismic changes – temporary or long term – that ill health bring to their lives.


Carried Away is a story loosely based on my own experience of miscarriage. Not so much the tequila – although I’m sure wine played a role somewhere – but more the palpable, visceral sense of grief that comes with losing a wanted child at any stage of pregnancy and the difficulties of marking that loss for someone you loved and that you knew in your imagination but never met.”

You can buy your own copy and support new writers and ACT here: Buy ‘Positional Vertigo’ Truly It’s really rather good! Enjoy! E- book coming out in January 2013.


‘Positional Vertigo’ Book Launch Tomorrow!

Very excited baout the launch of this short story collection – published to support a great cause.

Come along! At The Hopbine, Cambridge UK from 6-9 pm!


We are delighted to announce Beth Reed as winner of the 2012 Askance Short Story Competition for her story The Thinker. Beth Reed was selected by our charity of the year ACT.  In consultation with ACT, Askance have selected two other writers for runner up prizes – SG Yates for Carried Away and Thomas Edward Ogden for Open to Get Inside

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.  We received entries from all over the world and were impressed with the quality of most.

An anthology entitled Positional Vertigoincluding all the shortlisted stories will be published in October and launched on 6 November 2012 in Cambridge. It features the work of the three winners and shortlisted stories by Terence BravermanRobert GoodJackie HawkinsSimon HumphreysMarcella JacksonSharon JarvisGrace KeatingOmar MajeedAlex MacLeodRob WaltonVincent Wood and two other stories by DJ Wiseman andJabez Cole.

If you have not heard it already, you might be interested in listening to the editors talking about the book on Cambridge 105 FM – http://askancepublishing.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/breakfast-with-cambridge-105fm/