In their Absence

Roman Books, 2021

‘Stevens’ seemingly effortless prose brings her stories alive with devastating details that are both deeply authentic and agonisingly poignant... these stories are like jewels, small, but beautifully complex and bright.’
– Everybody's Reviewing.
What do you do when somebody walks out of the door and never returns? How do two young parents cope when their toddler disappears from a busy café? What happens when life is so unbearable, your only option is to disappear?

In their Absence is a powerful dissection of what it means to go missing. This compelling debut explores the human complexities behind the headlines and statistics to reveal unsettling truths about what it is to live in the shadow of absence.

These stories lay bare the agony of unknowing for those left behind. And they show us just how easily a human life can disappear.

My Other Writing

Without Makeup and Other Stories

My debut short story collection was published in 2012 by Crystal Clear Creators, as the result of winning an Arts Council England new talent competition

Anthologies:

I have been featured in award-winning anthologies, including the following:

  • ‘She Picks Up the Cat’ The Fairlight Book of Short Stories Volume 1 (Fairlight Books 2020)
  • ‘Bones’ High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories (Valley Press UK, 2018)
  • ‘The Best Way to Kill A Butterfly’ Unthology 10: Fight or Flight (Unthank Books, 2018)

Selected nonfiction:

  • ‘Before It Touches You’ Archer Magazine (May 2020)
  • ‘No Visible Damage’ Loose Lips Magazine, (January 2020)
  • ‘The Familiar Absence of Words’ Litro Magazine (September 2019)

Selected fiction:

Over the past decade, I have published short stories globally. Here is a selection:

  • 'After Party' Bandit Fiction (February 2021)
  • 'The Soft Edges of Difficult Things' Litro Magazine (January 2021)
  • 'The Perseids' TSS Publishing (January 2021)
  • 'Glass Falls Like Rain' Nymphs (December 2020)

Wind&Bones

I’m originally from the UK but my creative writing projects have taken me all over the world. I am Co-director of Wind&Bones, a social enterprise working at the meeting-places of writing, creativity and social change.

Through Wind&Bones, I’ve run creative projects in Indonesia, in Myanmar, Taiwan, Greece, Bulgaria and of course across the UK.

Wind&Bones has run projects in conjunction with a wide range of organisations including the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (Indonesia), the Parami Institute (Myanmar), the Goethe Institut (Bulgaria), the British Embassy in Sofia, Emprove (Bulgaria and EU) and Refugee Trauma Initiative (Greece)

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