My journey as a writer has taken me up so many different avenues since I first caught the writing bug back in 2006. It all began when I was asked to referee an under 14s football match, in which my eldest son was playing, at his team’s home ground in Nottingham. The other team, from a nearby town, were trouble from the first whistle. The game was punctuated by continual verbals and nastiness, aimed mainly at me. Just before half-time one of the opposition’s players committed a vicious foul – so bad my immediate reaction was to send him off. A bit of a fracas ensued, but it so happened that a league official was present to investigate numerous complaints about our opposition that day, and the match was abandoned. I was asked to write a report and that team were kicked out of the league.

I found I enjoyed writing the report and from then on I went on to produce a number of short stories, with the aim of putting together a collection, which I still hope to do in the future.

But my short story factory came to a standstill once I’d begun to write Sliding on the Snow Stone, a historical memoir beginning in Ukraine in 1932 at the time of the Holodomor, and without doubt the most important project I’ll ever undertake.

From time to time, I took a break from the novel and briefly resumed work on my short stories, and in September 2010 Mosaic was published, and included We All Scream, one of my early pieces.

So, this section contains details and samples of much of my work, including those listed above. Any feedback is welcome.

7 thoughts on “Titles

  1. My husband referees soccer here in the US, and he will appreciate this story! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours. Congratulations on your writing success.

    1. Thanks, Naomi. There’s much more detail to that story of course, and it was one of the first few games I’d refereed so perhaps I didn’t handle it as well as I could have done. But, even as I gained more experience, I was always amazed at how players, and spectating parents would sometimes behave. It’s certainly a challenging job – and one of the loneliest. There is no hiding place. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your writing.

  2. thanks for checking out my work.
    Great to support each other.
    Share with your friends if something I write strikes you!

    Many Blessings,

  3. I enjoyed your blog. As an American, I’ve always found it odd that in the game we call football over here, the foot isn’t used nearly as much as the term implies. Your football, I believe, is the true football game in that the foot is mostly used, and occasionally the head. I think we Americans need to come up with another word for our “football” game. Ha! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great week.

    1. It’s not something I’m personally all that precious about: calling it football as opposed to soccer, as it is in the US. The US game is termed ‘American Football’ over in the UK.
      Funnily though when I was kid growing up in the 70’s, the local independent TV channel ran a football highlights show called ‘Star Soccer’. Trends come and go.
      I do love the game, and always will, but the English club game has lost its heart and soul, and is purely a money machine these days. Progress, eh?

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