I’m a writer and visual poet. I write short fiction – magical realist, dystopian and surrealist – creating off-kilter worlds that illuminate our own. My stories are dark but quirky, laced with humour and hope. Snapshots of the Apocalypse, my first collection, is available from Fly on the Wall Press. I also occasionally write non-fiction, blog, and do interviews with other writers.
My fiction has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Guardian, Cafe Irreal, Shooterlit, Ouen Press, Blackpear Press, To Hull and Back, Fabula Press, Writers’ Forum, and Bust Down the Doors and Eat All the Chickens.
I originally studied social anthropology and did a PhD on Mexican Surrealism. These nurtured my interest in ‘others’ and ‘being othered’, a theme in my writing. I also worked as an EFL teacher in Spain and Italy and held positions in academic publishing.
I now suffer from the illness M.E., a serious neuroimmune disease often maligned and misrepresented by medics and media alike as ‘fatigue’. I developed severe M.E. in my 30s but slowly improved over the years until I was moderate and had a better life quality. Unfortunately I then suffered a severe relapse in 2019. More information about M.E. can be found here. An excellent novel on the subject is Nasim Marie Jafry’s The State of Me. 60% of my author royalties for Snapshots of the Apocalypse are going to M.E. charities.
You can email me on whimyslph at gmail.com