Allison Symes book signing at Chandlers Ford railway station

Allison writes fairy tales with bite - short stories (especially flash fiction) and novels. She is published online and in print by Alfie Dog Fiction, Bridge House Publishing, CafeLit and Chapeltown Books amongst others.

She blogs regularly on Chandlers Ford Today.  There is an interview with her, carried out by Janet Williams, the editor : http://chandlersfordtoday.co.uk/interview-chandlers-ford-writer-allison-symes/ . Here she reviews favourite books, has written appreciations of Jane Austen and Terry Pratchett and conducts interviews with other writers. She has also written articles discussing, amongst other things, what makes a classic book and what exactly is flash fiction.

She also blogs regularly on her own websites.  The Fairytales With Bite website looks at the world of her stories.  Allison Symes – This World and Others – gives writing advice.  Allison Symes Collected Works  summarises what she writes and where, here she shares news about publication, launches and so on.

She is a regular visitor to the Winchester Writers’ Festival and the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School.  She has run workshops, including one specifically on flash fiction, for the Southampton Writers’ Circle.

She is a member of the P.G. Wodehouse Society (UK), the Association of Christian Writers and the Society of Authors.

She loves reading and writing and cannot imagine a world without books. She is working on a follow up book to From Light to Dark and Back Again and is loving her writer’s journey.  She  started writing novels, then switched to short stories and flash fiction. She has become addicted to writing 100 words stories.



(Click on titles or to find out more) 

From Light to Dark and Back Again - Chapeltown Books


Baubles - Bridge House


Alternative Renditions - Bridge House


The Best of Cafelit 4 - Chapeltown Books 


The Best of Cafelit 5 - Chapeltown Books


Limerick Nation - Iron Press




Commended Certificate for a short story in one of Winchester Writers’ Festival’s  annual writing competitions. 

The Trouble With Mother, was long-listed in the Bridge House Debut Novel Competition. 

2nd  prize in Writers’ News First Line competition with Life is What You Make It. 2011

Can You Hear Me? also short-listed in 2011  Writer's News First Line Competiton

Got You, was one of seven tales to make it to the finals of the Brit Writers’ Award 2011 in their short story category. 

The Help Supplier short-listed in the Winchester Writers’ Conference 2011 Short Story Competition


Websites:  www.fairytaleswithbite.weebly.com



Chandler’s Ford Today Blog Posts:  http://chandlersfordtoday.co.uk/author/allison-symes/

See Allison's work here.