The Sweet Track – Flambard Press 2007 (Novel)

From Writing With Love  2013 (A book on writing)

Millie and Bird, Tales of Paradise – Iron Press 2015 (Short story Collection)

ALL- of the above are also available on Kindle

Sometimes A River Song – Linen Press 2016 (Novel) –

longlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize,

Winner of the People’s Book Prize – 2017 – Best Achievement – for outstanding work



Short Stories

How the River Breaks Your Heart –published For Books sake – Weekend Reads 2016,  longlisted for The Raymond Carver Short Story prize – 2015

Small Town Looks – shortlisted for the Bridport prize 2014

Eating Words – shortlisted for the Manchester Prize for Fiction 2014

Mille and Bird – Winner of the 2012 Costa Short Story award – publised in The Story, Love, Loss and the Lives of Women – 100 short stories chosen by Victoria Hislop – pub head of Zeus Aug 2013

Tokyo Dreaming  – Structo Lit Magazine Issue 8, 2012

What is there to Cry About Today? – Fine Line Short Story Comp 2011 – shortlisted and published in the anthology Even Birds Are Chained to the Sky

Meat – shortlisted Bristol Prize 2012 -and published in the Bristol Prize anthology

Tough Love – shortlisted  Doire Press International Chapbook Comp 2012 published 2013 – Roots anthology – Iron Press.

Dancing With Mr Benn – finalist in Granta Garden Memoir Writing Competition 2013

Hunting the Jaguar –   The London Magazine, Oct/Nov – 2013



Vitebsk Spring – shortlisted, Anam Cara Writers Retreat 2012

September After Rain – second prize, Inpress Indian Summer Comp 2012

Migration – Ink Sweat and Tears, 2012




  1. congratulations on your well deserved win. I expect you are hungover this morning after a night of celebrations and so you haven’t yet posted about it . I read the short stories for our book club and I enjoyed your story the most because you created and drew the reader into a real world and I cared about the people in it unlike – I felt – the other finalists. I would like to know more about the characters but I don’t know if a short story can ever become a novel ?- I suppose not.

    • avril

      January 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Thank you so much Sally. I’ve just arrived back in the North East but will be posting on the blog soon.I’m really touched that you cared about the people in my story. A short story can definitely become a novel or as in my case I’ve written some other stories linked to the characters in Millie and Bird – so I hope these stories might appear someday.

  2. Well done Avril – you have done so well – you are an inspiration!!

  3. Hello, Avril, congratulations on a justly deserved award for your fine story.

  4. Congratulations on your Costa award. As a budding and very unpublished writer (actually budding is overstating it, I am still in the depths of snowy winter waiting for the buds to show) I am enthused by your success. Where can I read your winning story?

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