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"One of the most interesting and inspiring 
authors writing flashes today" 
Flash: The International Short-short Story Magazine


"Lyrical but precisely observed little tales
The Short Story 

I've read all over the place: London, Brighton, Oxford, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Crewe, Frodsham, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Chorley, Preston, Lancaster, Kendal, Edinburgh… and I made my international performing debut in Paris, France, where I've now performed numerous times!

My live performance is reviewed by The Short Story hereI'm interviewed about flash fiction by City Life here, and I chat alongside David Gaffney on The End of All Things podcast here, in November 2015, and we both talk to Sarah Jasmon here, in April 2013. Fat Roland gets me to talk French on the Hey Fat Roland podcast hereMy regular live literature night Verbose is reviewed by Humanity Hallows here with other reviews here.

You can hear me reading some of my stories at The Other Room July 2016 here, and for Literature NorthWest here, on the first-ever National Flash-Fiction Day here and here and here, and at the Manchester Book Market in 2012 here and in June 2014 here, here and here. You can hear me read one of my short-short stories on MacGuffin here. See me perform in Les Malheureux at Poets & Players here. See me perform an "exquisite corpse" collaboration with Fat Roland for the Enemies Project North by North West Poetry Tour in Manchester in January 2017 here and alongside Tom Jenks at the Leeds leg in February 2017 hereMy specially commissioned TubeFlash story, And Sons, is read by actor Richard Hodder at Number 1 Please Listen For Further Announcements (published 23 March 2016) here.



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IN THE OFFING





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"The detail in her observations can turn 
the most mundane setting to one you want to experience ... 
her style keeps listeners eagerly wanting more" 
Manchester Music


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BEEN & GONE


1 July 2017: Re/place(d) at Didsbury Arts Festival, The Old Parsonage, Didsbury, Manchester - with Elizabeth Baines, Sarah Butler, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Adrian Slatcher

30 June 2017: Re/place(d) creative writing workshop with David Gaffney, for Didsbury Arts Festival, The Old Parsonage, Didsbury, Manchester

28 June 2017: Bad Language, The Castle Hotel,  Manchester - The Castle Send-off Party, with David Gaffney, Rosie Garland, Rodge Glass and more

26 June 2017: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Landcross Road, Fallowfield, Manchester - my last night as host of the evening, featuring Tania Hershman, Neil Campbell and me performing with Tom Jenks

24 June 2017: Flash Fiction Festival, New Oriel Hall, Bath

22 May 2017: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Martine McDonagh, Stephen May and Sarah Tierney

18 May 2017: compère of David Gaffney's book launch, The Wonder Inn, Manchester

15 May 2016: Spoken Word Paris, Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Rimbaud, Paris 11ème

24 April 2017: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring The Writing Squad writers, including James Giddings

29 March 2017: Bad Language, The Castle, Manchester - open mic, headliner David Gaffney

27 March 2017: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Centre for New Writing authors Susan Barker, David Hartley and Beth Underdown

14 March 2017: Quiet Quiet LOUD!, Lloyds Hotel, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester - the last Quiet Quiet LOUD! from The Quiet Compere aka Sarah L Dixon, with Mark Pajak, Becky Cherriman and Nina Lewis

27 February 2017: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Urbane Publications authors David Gaffney, Lavinia Murray (FJ McQueen) and James Silvester

9 February 2017: North by North West Poetry TourWharf Chambers Co-operative Club, Leeds - special collaboration with Tom Jenks

23 January 2017: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Peter Blair, Ashley Chantler and David Swann, editors of and contributors to Flash: The International Short-short Story Magazine

14 January 2017: Enemies Project North by North West Poetry Tour, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester - special collaboration with Fat Roland

28 November 2016: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Richard Barrett, Jazmine Linklater and Alec Newman, part of the Enemies Project North by North West Poetry Tour

19 November 2016: Transition Festival, Kay Gardens, Bury - host of the evening, featuring Billy Cowan, Nija Dalal-Small, Joe Daly, Kate Feld, David Gaffney, Tamsin Macdonald and Fat Roland

8 November 2016: creative writing workshop, Live From Worktown, St George's Gallery, Bolton

6 November 2016: creative writing workshop with David Gaffney, and reading, at Scribble Festival, Chapter One bookshop, Manchester

24 October 2016: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Claire Dean, Nicholas Royle and Conrad Williams 

26 September 2016: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Rosie Garland, Rachel Mann and Michael Conley

15 September 2016: The Word, Home Cafe, Didsbury Village, Manchester, featuring Lara Williams

31 August 2016: Open Secret, Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, Paris 5eme, featuring Rebecca Holk

21 July 2016: The Other, Apotheca, Manchester


20 July 2016: The Other Room, The Wonder Inn, Manchester

27 June 2016: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring flash fiction champions Joe Daly, Ingrid Jendrzejewski and Simon Sylvester 

25 June 2016: Verbose & National Flash-Fiction Day creative writing workshop, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester

23 May 2016: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Knives Forks and Spoons readers Tim Allen, Neil Campbell and Rhys Trimble

16 May 2016: Spoken Word Paris, Au Chat Noir, Paris 11ème

1 May 2016: Book & Record Fair, Victoria Baths, Manchester

27 April 2016: Bad Language, The Castle, Manchester; headliner Lara Williams

27 April 2016: The Bolton Review launch,  University of Bolton

25 April 2016: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring University of Bolton writers Anne Caldwell, Simon Holloway and Evan Jones

16 April 2016: The Other, Sandbar, Manchester - swapping text with the amazing poet Amy McCauley

28 March 2016Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Manchester Left Writers, Natalie Bradbury, Bob Dickinson, Steve Hanson and David Wilkinson

17 March 2016: The Word, Home Community Cafe, Didsbury, Manchester

9 March 2016: Short & Sweet creative writing workshop at Turning The Page festival, Burnage Library, Manchester

3 March 2016: Speak Easy, The Sip Club, Stretford, Manchester

22 February 2016: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring The Real Story writers Nija Dala-Small, Adam Farrer and Danielle Peet

25 January 2016Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Edge Hill writers Aisla Cox, Jim Hinks and John D Rutter

21 January 2016: The Word, Home Community Cafe, Didsbury, Manchester

7 December 2015: Spoken Word Paris, Au Chat Noir, Paris 11ème

23 November 2015: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Sarah Jasmon, Graeme Shimmin and Eric Steele

26 October 2015: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Re/Place writers Sarah Butler, David Gaffney and Kate Feld

24 October 2015: Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, The Baum, Rochdale

28 September 2015: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - host of the evening, featuring Centre for New Writing writers John McAuliffe, Ian McGuire and Geoff Ryman

12 September 2015: Library, Number One Waterside, Rochdale - flash fiction workshop with David Gaffney

23 June 2015: Mic Bytes at Didsbury Arts Festival, The Art of Tea, Didsbury, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

22 June 2015: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - featuring The Other Room with James Davies, Tom Jenks and Scott Thurston

6 June 2015: Klondyke Club, Levenshulme, Manchester - supporting Lou & The Llamas - as Les Malheureux

25 May 2015 - Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - featuring Nightjar Press with Alison Moore, Nicholas Royle and Kate Woodward

20 May 2015: Re/Place at Chorlton Arts Festival, Proof, Chorlton, Manchester - with Sarah Butler, Claire Dean, Kate Feld, David Gaffney and Nicholas Royle

27 April 2015: Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - featuring Confingo

27 March 2015: Shangri La!, Carlton Club, Prestwich, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

23 March 2015 - Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - featuring Flashtag

21 February 2015: Poets & Players, John Rylands Library, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

14 February 2015: Eden Arts / New Writing Cumbria, The Old Fire Station, Penrith - as Les Malheureux

23 February 2015 - Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - featuring Curious Tales with Jenn Ashworth, Richard Hirst and Emma Jane Unsworth


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26 January 2015 - Verbose, Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, Manchester - featuring Inklings with Elizabeth Baines, Sian Cummins and Adrian Slatcher

17 December 2014: Tales of Bad Language, Gulliver's, Manchester

14 December 2014: Hannah & Lotte's Poetry Evening, Montpellier's, Manchester

1 December 2014: Paris SpokenWord, Au Chat Noir, Paris

21 October 2014: Word Art, Joshua Brooks, Manchester - with headliner David Gaffney

18 October 2014: Lancaster Litfest, The Storey Institute, Lancaster - as Flashtag

8 October 2014: Blog North Awards, Manchester Literature Festival, The Deaf Institute, Manchester - as Flashtag, with headliner Claire Dean

20 September 2014: The Word Festival, New Conti, Preston - as Les Malheureux

3 September 2014: The Manchester Anthology launch, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester



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18 July 2014: Special FX, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

8 July 2014: Short Short Story Slam, Gullivers, Manchester - as FlashTag

7 June 2014: Manchester Independent Book Market, St Ann’s Square, Manchester






2 June 2014: Paris SpokenWord, Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Paris 11ème

29 May 2014: Paris Lit Up, Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix, Paris 20ème

22 April 2014: Short Short Story Slam, Gullivers, Manchester - as FlashTag

11 April 2014: Nether Edge Cabaret Club, Sheffield - as Les Malheureux

5 April 2014: Weaver Words, Frodsham - flash fiction workshop with David Gaffney

3 April 2014: Haringey Literature Live, Karamel Restaurant, London

1 April 2014: Post Box Poets, The Post Box Cafe, Chorlton

26 March 2014: Bad Language, The Castle Hotel, Manchester

1 March 2014: The Eagle, Salford - as Les Malheureux, supporting Monkeys In Love, Lou & The Llamas and Werbeniuk

31 January 2014: Whitworth Art Gallery Pub Crawl Launch Party, First Chop Brewing Arm, Salford - as Les Malheureux


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19 December 2013: Sound, Liverpool - as Les Malheureux, supporting The Lotharios and Monkeys In Love

9 December 2013: Pen:Chant, Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

14 November 2013: Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool - as Les Malheureux

7 November 2013: Now Then, Deaf Institute, Manchester - with FlashTag

2 November 2013: The Writing Squad, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

16 October 2013: Blog North Awards, Manchester Literature Festival, Gorilla, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

4 October 2013: Chorley Live Festival, Ebb & Flo bookshop, Chorley - as Les Malheureux

7 August 2013: Effed Up, The Castle, Manchester

27 July 2013: NQ 'Pop Up', Bay Horse, Manchester - with FlashTag

16 July 2013: The Society Of Young Publishers, The Outlaws Yacht Club, Leeds - with David Gaffney and Calum Kerr

8 July 2013: Effed Up, The Castle, Manchester

29 June 2013: Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

28 June 2013: Didsbury Arts Festival, The Albert Club, Didsbury, Manchester - with FlashTag

25 June 2013: Didsbury Arts Festival, Pizza Express, Didsbury, Manchester - with David Gaffney

6 June 2013: Lakes Alive/Mintfest event, Kendal Town Hall - as Les Malheureux

22 May 2013: Chorlton Arts Festival, The Nook & Cranny, Manchester - with FlashTag

16 May 2013: Tongue In Cheek, The Castle, Manchester

8 May 2013: Writing On The Wall Festival, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool - as Les Malheureux

10 April 2013: Sadcore Dadwave, 3MT Theatre, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

28 February 2013: Monkeys In Love Second Album Launch, The Bay Horse, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

3 February 2013: Words V Music, Fuel, Withington - as Les Malheureux

22 January 2013: Inky Fingers, The Forest, Edinburgh - as Les Malheureux

15 December 2012: Course You Can Malcolm, FC United of Manchester, Bury - as Les Malheureux

7 December 2012: Embryo, King's Arms, Salford (with Longfella) - as Les Malheureux

2 December 2012: Once More With Meaning (with Steve Garside), The Met, Bury - as Les Malheureux

29 November 2012: Flash Fire (with Jane Brunning and David Gaffney), The Park Hotel, Lancaster

28 November 2012: Bad Language Second Birthday (with Rodge Glass, Anneliese Mackintosh and Claire Massey), The Castle Hotel, Manchester

21 November 2012: On The Corner's Open Mic, Open Heart, The Beech Inn, Chorlton

13 November 2012: Sadcore Dadwave (with Sarah Butler, Dan Holloway, Paul Askew, Sian L Rathore, Anna Percy and others), 3MT Theatre, Manchester

11 November 2012: Shaken Stories and Verse (with Rod Frame and others), Fab Cafe, Manchester

21 October 2012: A Carefully Planned Festival, The Castle Hotel, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

19 October 2012: Shangri La!, The Carlton Club, Prestwich, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

12 October 2012: For Books' Sake Second Birthday Bash, Star & Garter, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

11 October 2012: Axis Arts Centre, MMU Cheshire, Crewe - as Les Malheureux

29 September 2012: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal - as Les Malheureux

27 September 2012: Word>Play at Didsbury Arts Festival, The Albert Club, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

16 September 2012: Flash-Lit Fiction, Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton

11 September 2012: Fictions Of Every Kind, Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club, Leeds - as Les Malheureux

9 September 2012: Weaver Words: Frodsham Literature Festival

17 July 2012: Poltroon, The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell, London

9 June 2012: Manchester Book Market, St Ann's Square, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

8 June 2012: launch of the Jawbreakers anthology, Blackwell, Oxford Road, Manchester

8 June 2012: Comma Press line-up, Manchester Book Market, St Ann's Square, Manchester

2 June 2012: 24 Arty People, Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester

29 May 2012: Tether, Primary, Nottingham - as Les Malheureux

27 May 2012: Bad Language special (with David Gaffney), Chorlton Arts Festival, The Beech, Manchester

23 May 2012: FlashTag special, Chorlton Arts Festival, The Beech, Manchester

19 May 2012: Tago>Mago: Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester - as Les Malheureux

17 May 2012: Prestwich Book Festival, The Church Inn, Prestwich

16 May 2012: National Flash-Fiction Day, Cornerhouse, Royal Exchange Theatre and Waterstones Deansgate

6 May 2012: Sounds From The Other City Festival, The New Oxford, Salford - headline slot as Les Malheureux
Onward, Manchester called it "thoroughly funny" - read the full review here.

25 April 2012: Bad Language (with Andrew McMillan), The Castle Hotel, Manchester

2 April 2012: The Story Forum, Gregson Arts Centre, Lancaster

29 March 2012: Word Soup, The Continental, Preston - headline slot with FlashTag, plus Angela Topping

28 March 2012: Not The Oxford Literary Festival, Albion Beatnik, Oxford - as myself and Les Malheureux

29 February 2012: Bad Language (with Peter Wild), The Castle, Manchester

28 February 2012: Say Something: Unrelated Incidents, Sandbar, Manchester

17 February 2012: Monkeys In Love, TV 21 bar, Manchester - as Les Malheureux
Manchester Music called it "brilliant" - read the full review here.

26 January 2012: Word Soup (with Jo Bell), The Continental, Preston

25 January 2012: Bad Language (with Rodge Glass and Socrates Adams), The Castle, Manchester

23 January 2012: The New Libertines (with Elizabeth Baines), Three Minute Theatre, Manchester

8 December 2011: Say Something, The Castle, Manchester

30 November 2011: Bad Language, The Castle, Manchester - headline slot as Les Malheureux
with David Gaffney

24 November 2011: Literature Live, The University of Bolton - headline slot, plus poet Steven Blyth

26 October 2011: Bad Language (with Emma Jane Unsworth), The Castle, Manchester

19 October 2011: Manchester Blog Awards (with Socrates Adams), The Deaf Institute, Manchester

28 September 2011: FlashTag Smut Night (with David Gaffney), Didsbury Arts Festival, Northern Lawn Tennis Club, Manchester

25 September 2011: Bad Shoes Festival, Electrik, Manchester

31 August 2011: Bad Language (with Max Wallis), The Castle, Manchester

28 July 2011: Bad Language (with Tom Fletcher), The Castle, Manchester

17 July 2011: Oxfam Bookfest, Apotheca, Manchester

14 July 2011: The Reading: A Multiple Writers' Residency, Untitled Gallery, Manchester (streamed live to Cornerhouse, Manchester Art Gallery, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Cube, Castlefield Gallery, John Rylands Library etc during Not Part Of, the fringe to Manchester International Festival. You can read the story here)

29 June 2011: Bad Language (with Stuart Maconie), The Castle, Manchester

26 May 2011: Flash Mob Pop-up Literary Salon (with Nik Perring), Chorlton Arts Festival, Dulcimer, Chorlton

27 April 2011: Bad Language (with Rod Tame), The Castle, Manchester

24 March 2011: Flash Mob Pop-up Literary Salon, Twestival, NoHo, Manchester
Sarah-Clare Conlon performed the première of a unique multi-platform Twitter story by Tom Mason.

23 March 2011: Bad Language (with Gerry Potter Poet), The Castle, Manchester

23 February 2011: Bad Language (with Jo Bell), The Castle, Manchester

26 January 2011: Bad Language (with David Gaffney), The Castle, Manchester

27 November 2010: Unannounced, Waterstone’s, Deansgate, Manchester

24 November 2010: Bad Language, The Castle, Manchester

20 October 2010: Manchester Blog Awards (with Chris Killen), The Deaf Institute, Manchester