‘Rubble (The Demolished People)’

I came up with the premise of this one about seven years ago, inspired by the UK government’s treatment of vulnerable people – a subject that is still hip-happening.

I also wanted to write a story with brackets in the title.

Read ‘Rubble (The Demolished People)’

Published by Fly on the Wall Press for their ‘Power’ issue.

Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

Very happily, I’ve been selected as a runner-up in the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition 2021 – one of the top seven out of nearly 800 entries, as judged by Simon Van Booy.

The winning and running-up stories (including ‘Exhibition of the Endlings’) will be published in Southword in April 2022.

Capsule Stories interview

hands holding Capsule Stories Autumn 2021 Edition open to the story Heirloom byThomas Lawrance

‘Heirloom’ was recently published by Capsule Stories. I had a great experience with this journal, from the editor’s friendly and considered suggestions through to their generous promotion online.

I was also sent a set of questions about the story, which I was happy to answer. You can read the interview on their website:

Thomas Lawrance on Examining Ireland’s Hidden Bodies in Fiction

‘Lost, Presumed Melted’

The story of Earth’s last iceberg.

Read ‘Lost, Presumed Melted’

(It’s the last piece of the issue, at the bottom of the page).

Published by Ab Terra Flash Fiction Magazine (Brain Mill Press) for their ‘climate & environment’ issue.

‘The Laughing Chamber’

‘The death penalty was reinstated in England in 2036.’

A few months ago, rumours circulated of pro-death penalty attitudes within the government. Home Secretary Priti Patel has spoken nostalgically of the practice.

Read ‘The Laughing Chamber’

Bandit Fiction’s Read More Project features loads of great stories. I recently enjoyed ‘The Sunken Man’ by Eleanor Johnson.