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Hello, I am an economic migrant from Ireland, attracted to Perth in 1983 by work as a digger on archaeological excavations at the Meal Vennel in Perth.  Seduced by a huge sign proclaiming ‘LOVE’ on a building in Canal Street, I did not leave. I am married with 2 children and work part time for an environmental charity.

An early story Where Angels Tread was published Chapman Magazine (no 108) and a couple of pieces in The Lie of the Land, a book of Perthshire writers.  Another story The Appeal of Sisyphus was a runner up in The Words Out! competition, in 2005.  You can read it here.

A cheery story (at least in parts) about suicide Into the Garden is in the anthology ImagiNation edited by Bryan Beattie and Gerry Hassan published by Big Sky Press.  I’m looking forward to seeing my story Map Reading in the Baker Prize 2015 anthology, and very pleased to have been commended in 2013.

I enjoy reading very much, and it is a lot easier than writing. Favourites are Margaret Atwood, Hilary Mantel, Richmal Crompton, PG Wodehouse. I loved Enid Blyton when I was a child, but we didn’t have a lot of choice in those days (the sixties).

If you want to know where Meal Vennel is, its gone. It used to be where the shopping centre is.  The route from South Street to High Street via River Island was until recently a right of way.  I used it often for old times sake.

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