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Sailing the Eighth Sea

Dear Readers

One of my “talking statues” – Sailing The Eighth Sea – stories has just been published in Issue 18 of The Cabinet of Heed. I would love to know what you think of it. And don’t forget the other twenty authors on display, each with their own drawer expertly polished by Simon Webster.

I wrote my first “talking statue” story in 2014 during an MA in Creative Writing at Northumbria University. They were well received on campus and at the Lit and Phil society in Newcastle at a reading night, and at a Literary Festival in Darlington I attended organised by Tracey Iceton who was doing a Phd in Creative Writing at the time. However, I didn’t do my final project on an anthology of “talking statues” opting instead on a novel.

Recently I picked my “talking statue” stories up again and have been re-enthused by the unique voices and original themes I was tackling. Back in 2014 I wrote twenty, four hundred word stories. Now I am frantically yet conscientiously putting the finishing touches to a collection of fifty to fifty-five, four hundred word “talking statue” stories each with a unique picture of the statue / sculptor telling their story.

Sailing the Eighth Sea is currently story number forty in this anthology.

I hope you enjoy my story.

Take care,




First and foremost I am a reader, then a storyteller. My reading tastes are eclectic. My writing can focus around the intimacy of closed settings and may tend towards characters who might be hiding something from themselves.

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