Sent to Coventry, The Long & Short Of It & Other Stories
Rob’s short story, about two teenage schoolchildren brought together in adversity, features in this anthology commissioned by Writing West Midlands in partnership with Creative Europe. All stories in the book had input by school children from the West Midlands.
111 Places In Coventry That You Shouldn’t Miss
Rob’s off-the-beaten track travel guide to his hometown was published in March 2021, to tie in with Coventry’s UK City of Culture status. From the remnants of the ruined cathedral to the boho Fargo village and the origins of the influential Two-Tone music style born here, it’s all uncovered inside.
Plane Spotting, Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities Birmingham
Rob’s story features in this anthology from the Manchester-based indie publisher, and includes the now derelict St Margaret’s mental hospital in Great Barr, the skies above Birmingham airport’s flight path and the unexpected impact of the millennium bug 20 years on, all wrapped up with an unreliable narrator.
Badwill, Songs for the Elephant Man
Published in this excellent new anthology from Mantle Lane Press, Rob’s story is about three siblings who contest the validity of their recently deceased mother’s will, with unexpected and shocking consequences.
What Do You Really Think Of Me, Really?, Forecast
Published in this digital anthology from Comma Press, and edited by CD Rose, Rob’s story describes a relationship on the rocks, the small subterfuges and deceptions between couples that can get out of hand, and the impulse to understand what other people and those most dear to us really think of us.
The End of the Road, Under the Radar
Rob’s story tells of an elderly man who embarks on one last trip in a much-storied classic car to visit a dying brother he hasn’t spoken to for many years, and for good reason. But the journey doesn’t go to plan. Published in the excellent bi-annual print magazine Under the Radar from leading Midlands publisher Nine Arches Press.
American Boy, Five Stories
Commissioned by the West Midlands Readers’ Network, Rob’s story spans the decades, starting with a shocking modern day encounter between an elderly woman and man, then jump cutting to Birmingham during WW2. Rob discussed and read an extract from the story during the Birmingham Literature Festival (October 2017) at Waterstones in Birmingham, alongside four other authors also published in this anthology.
Five Too Fast, Prompted Tales
Rob’s flash fiction story was featured at Prompted Tales, a website dedicated to ‘new short fiction served fresh every month’.
Drift, Liars’ League NYC
Rob’s story about a nomadic beachcomber who makes a life-changing find was performed live in New York, at an event featuring trained actors reading original short stories. It was also published at this leading online literary journal, in text and podcast format.
Stand up for Books, Society of Authors
Rob’s short story was chosen as a competition winner, and he was invited to join the Society of Authors’ live literature event. Rob read his story Ten Years On alongside authors Kate Harrison, Matt Dunn and Bim Adewunmi.
Where There’s No Will, Dead Ink
Published by this Arts Council-funded website, Rob’s story tells of family wranglings following the death of a matriarch. “It is a very fine story,” said Dead Ink’s fiction editor, Conor Whelan. “The narrative voice is enticing and misleading, creating a false sympathy that prevents the reader from seeing the ending coming. It is a well-observed family drama that doesn’t get lost in its precise details, but ties them together into a compelling read.”
Maxie Baby, Litro
Chosen for the 100th print issue of this leading London literary magazine, Rob’s story describes the rise and demise of a relationship, and its impact on an overweight dog. Also published online.
Ten Years On, Liars’ League
Performed at London’s leading live fiction night, and published online in text and podcast format, Rob’s story describes a life-changing meeting between two lovers separated for a decade.
Growing Pains, Every Day Fiction
Rob’s flash fiction story tells of a young athlete at war with her father. Published at this Canadian fiction website, it was also chosen for the printed hardback anthology.
The Centenarian’s Counsel, Bartleby Snopes
Published by a leading American independent lit site, this flash fiction piece describes an encounter between a teenage boy and his 100-year-old great grandmother in a care home, and how he misconstrues the advice she gives.
Rob’s novel The Hypnotist’s Wife was a Best Seller Chart Book on the leading literary website YouWriteOn. The plot: Amelia Chase has vanished. Her husband Marlon Chase, a TV magician and hypnotist, is worried. She has left him many times over the last 25 years, since a childhood accident bound their lives together, but this time he fears she has gone for good because he has done something unforgivable.