This is the blogsite of Brindley Hallam Dennis & Mike Smith. We’ve been inseparable for years. We have been writing for a long time. BHD writes fiction. You can read and hear some of it on the links. I write poems, plays and other bits and pieces. There are links to his writing and to mine, and there’s Kowalski too.
Between us BHD and Me have racked up a dozen or so prizes and awards for our writing (I’m trying to stop calling it ‘work’, which is a habit I picked up from people who want us to think of it that way, people who think that it elevates it, and us, and I suppose them, in some way, compared to the alternative, play).
2013 Talked Out is Highly Commended in the Inktears annual short story competition prize
2013 A Funeral is Highly Commended in the SLQ December 2012 Short story competition
2012 Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition: Stump wins 3rd prize
2012 Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition: Sand wins 3rd prize
2012 Earlyworks Press Sci-Fi Competition 2nd prize withThe Cover Story
2011 HISSAC short story competition Highly Commends The Turkey Cock
2011 Weyland’s Maps takes 2nd Prize Didsbury Arts Festival Short Story competition (& In Tribal Lands is commended)
2011 The Mackwater Seam gets Highly Commended in the Sentinel Quarterly fiction competition. (this may have been a forerunner of Kowalski’s voice)
2010 Don’t Tell Me The Story runner up in Spilling Ink Review micro-fiction competition.
2010 A Single Word, 2nd prize, Muriel Carmichel Prose (non fiction) competition, Dumfries Campus, Glasgow University.
2009 Martin in a Hole, 2nd prize in the Grist short story competition.
2009 Talking to Maurice, 2nd prize in the Bank Street Writers short story competition.
2009 a group of 5 poems, including Ullswater Requiem and The Flickering received a Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust award.
2008 The Flickering received the Kirkpatrick Dobie poetry award.
2007 Ullswater Requiem received a Kirkpatrick Dobie poetry award.
2006 The Ballad of Matty Lonnin won the Cumbria Life magazine short story competition.
2005 Exit Alarmed won the BBC Radio Cumbria short story competition.
2004 So Still won the Ottakers, Carlisle, open poetry competition.
In 2008 BHD and Me were granted the Degree of M Litt by Glasgow University, but it’s only my name on the parchment! I am currently teaching as a part time member of the Cumbria University Creative Writing team, in addition to running fiction workshops.
Talking to Owls (short stories) – (BHD) Pewter Rose, 2012
A Penny Spitfire (novella) – (BHD) Pewter Rose, 2011
That’s What Ya Get – Kowalski’s Assertions - (BHD) Unbound Press, 2010
Valanga – (poems in experimental form, MS) -Freerange Press, 2007 (50 copies)
Second Time Around – (Short Stories, BHD) – Chelifer, 2006 (100 copies)
Martin? Extinct? - (poems, selections from, MS) Freerange, 2005 (50 copies)
No Easy Place – (poems,MS) Chelifer, 2005 (100 copies)
The Broken Mirror (poems, MS) Outposts, 1976. (168 copies)
Love Affair With A Landscape (poems, MS) Curlew Press -c1976 (c50 copies)
Bhdandme have appeared in Stand, Outposts, Acumen, The New Writer, Early Works Press, Sentinel Champions, Markings, Current Affairs, Cumbria Life, Grist, Pinhole Camera, Beautiful Scruffiness, Ipse, Orbis, Lancashire Evening Post, Urbane Gorilla, Night Balancing, Pick, Cadenza, Tears in the Fence, Muse, Southlight, Windfalls, Tattoo Highway, EditRed, The Journal, Cumbria Magazine, Grope, Strath, Promontory, Omens, PEN New Poetry 1976/7, Radio Three, Radio Cumbria, Theatre By The Lake The Thresholds International Postgraduate Short Story Forum & elsewhere, and have several short plays published by Lazy Bee Scripts. BHD’s short stories have been frequently performed by the London based Liars League, and by their colleagues at Liars League Leeds, and Liars League New York City.