sun compressed


From the late 1970s to the 1990s, and as recently as 2009 and 2010, I collaborated widely with musicians, dancers and other writers, participating (as both writer and performer) in various works for stage, gallery installations, improvisations and pieces for radio, often (though not always) in an experimental setting.

I have more recently completed several more conventional plays. (For example, my absurdist celestial comedy, Heaven HQ, was Commended in the2014 FAW Di Cranston Award.)

Now, however, I have decided to re-write all my play scripts as short stories. Firstly, let's face it: the logistics are always daunting, in securing interest from the many and varied professionals involved with staging dramatic works. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it dawns on me that drama is an essential component of a certain kind of story. And because my current obsession is with completing a new collection, I see the adaptation would nicely tease out this attractive and intriguing dimension. Moreover, including such 'dramatic' stories should also add to the overall variety of my collection, currently in progress.

Sunrise pic by JJ.