Awards

Winner of Writers.inc Writers of the Year Award 2008 (sponsored by Arts Council, England) in 2 categories
i) Children’s story 12 – 16 for Kill the Cockroaches – inspired by the life story of a Rwandan refugee
ii) Journalism for Hutongs in Beijing

• Runner up in Chapterone International Short Story competition 2006 for A Spotticelli Angel

• Runner up in Independent/Bradt travel competition 2007 for My White Lady – an account of Trinidad carnival

• Runner up in Cinnamon Press short story competition 2009 for Saddleworth Moor

• Runner up in Narrative short story award 2009 (US) for The Three Bishops

• Runner up in Guardian Summer Travel Writing Award for Dancing on the Streets, article on Notting Hill Carnival (published Guardian Sept 2009)

• Highly Commended in Shorter Short Story competition of the Winchester Writer’s Competition 2009 for Foucault over the Garden Fence

• Runner up in The New Writer Prose and Poetry prizes 2010. Novella Category for The Spotticelli Angel

• Commended and published in the Leaf Books memoir competition/anthology 2010 for Legs Eleven, Go to Heaven

• Runner up in the Chapterone Promotions 2010 Novel competition for A Spotticelli Angel

• Honorable mention in Writer’s Digest Competition (US/2010) magazine feature category for Back Streets of Beijing

• Runner up in Yellow Room short story competition 2010 for Foucault over the Garden Fence and Google

• Runner up and published in Leaf Books travel writing Competition 2010 for Return to Sri Lanka 2010

• Runner up in Kuoni/Telegraph travel writing competition 2010

• Runner up in UKA Opening Pages 2010 – A Spotticelli Angel

• Runner up in Legend Writing Award 2010 for Foucault over the Garden Fence

• Runner up in Chorley Writing Award 2010 for Little White Lies

• Runner up in Cinnamon Press short story award 2011 for Hosanna in Mare Street ( to be published 2012)

• Third prize in Winchester Life Writing 2011 for A Spotticelli Angel

• Highly commended in Winchester Echo Feature Article 2011 for The Holy City of Sanliurfa

• Commended in Winchester shorter short story 2011 for Foucault over the Garden Fence

• Third Place in Southport Writer’s Competition 2011 for Curry Ice Cream

• Runner up in Cinnamon Press 2012 shorter short story 2011 for A Fractured Self

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