OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the blogsite of Brindley Hallam Dennis & Mike Smith. We’ve been inseparable for years. 

Between us BHD and Me have racked up several prizes, awards, Commendations and shortlistings for our writing.

Published in paperback, and as an e book, October 2019, a collection of essays by Mike Smith on the short stories of Rudyard Kipling.

A series of poems by Mike Smith: ‘Read all of Martin?Extinct? in one sitting. Absolutely brilliant, man. This is deep and mysterious work. Full of pithy wisdom, raw ache, love, loss, the mystery of -as so often in a poem- who is talking to who(m).’ NP,Carlisle

The Writer’s Secret, 12 more tales from BHD..








Other Stories And Rosie Wreay, 49 tales, flash fiction, monologues and short stories… available here.

bookcoverpreview-tmtTen Murderous Tales from BHD, available here.


The Silent Life Within









A collection of 12 essays on short stories, including film adaptations of Somerset Maugham, The Magic Shop by H.G.Wells, the ‘ground breaking’ collection by George Moore, The Untilled Field, and others from the 17th to 21st centuries.  Available here.




A collection of 10 short poems, plus the award winning Ullswater Requiem. Available here from Amazon for Kindle or in paperback


12 more essays on short stories and their writers


Another bunch of essays on the short story and its writers!

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Published as E books for Kindle (and in print versions)

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The latest short story collection from Brindley Hallam Dennis, The Man Who Found A Barrel Full of Beer, and other stories ……


Departures, ten short stories by Brindley Hallam Dennis (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Departures-stories-Brindley-Hallam-Dennis-ebook/dp/B00TIWMEO6)

Thank you for the copy of Departures…. I enjoyed those ten short stories immensely and I don’t think I have ever been more aware of what an art form it is. They’re little gems, glimpses of lives and events like snatches of conversations heard in passing or an artists sketch. ……you evoke the intensity of relationships and suppressed passions wonderfully well…,BB, Shropshire

not a dud in the bunch, all of them good enough that they can make the gym and the fekking cross-training machine disappear for a few merciful minutes. Bravo. Really. Excellent stuff…..KT,Cork

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmbiguous Encounters, ten short stories by Brindley Hallam Dennis & Marilyn Messenger (http://www.amazon.com/Ambiguous-Encounters-Story-Times-Book-ebook/dp/B00V273OLM)
English of the English

English of the English, Responses to the tales of A.E.Coppard by Mike Smith (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UEONRV6)




The following three are out of print, but I have some copies for sale (email brindleyhd@aol.com).

 TalkingtoOwlsTalking to Owls (short stories) – (BHD) Pewter Rose, 2012

OMG! I just read your story Some Cumbrian Bull. Is this art forecasting life or what?!
What a laugh…couldn’t  put it down till I got to the end. JD, Cumbria

APennySpitfire-frontcoverA Penny Spitfire (novella) – (BHD) Pewter Rose, 2011

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat’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 The Blue Nib, Literati Magazine, Borderless, Speakeasy Magazine, Stand, Outposts, Acumen, The New Writer, Inktears, 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 Leagues in Hong Kong, New York City, and Leeds.