Oscar Who?

My name is Oscar Windsor-Smith, (On Twitter: @OscarWindsor) I’m a writer.

Odd things of mine are mouldering in print or smouldering online. Odder things have been publicly performed, even professionally in London. A scouser (Merseyside born, for the benefit of the uninitiated) by birth, I have lived in various places around the UK but presently infest rural Hertfordshire. In a chequered past I've been a semi-pro musician and a full-time professional electrician.

Publication: Print non-fiction credits include articles for LIFEinfo magazine and the RoSPA (Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents) journal Occupational Safety and Health. Print fiction credits include short stories in Ghostlight magazine, The Rhinoceros and his Thoughts (Best of the Whittaker Prize anthology 2009), Coal Dust and Body Parts (Best of the Whittaker Prize anthology 2010), The Archangel and the White Hart (Verulam Writers’ Circle Anthology 2010) and THE SIXTY Arts of Andy Bigwood (a commissioned story). Online publication credits include short/flash fiction stories and poetry in Flash Fiction Online, Every Day Fiction and Every Day Poets.

Performance: Professional actors, Obstacle Productions, performed my horror story Timelock in London in 2009. I have read twice (to paying audiences) at "Sparks" performances in Brighton, UK.

Novels: My first novel Tamar was short-listed in the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook (UK) centenary competition. The first chapters of a work in progress novel (WT Many a Slip) were placed third in one competition and short-listed in another.

Memberships: I'm an active member of Verulam Writers' Circle, which I joined in 2005 to enter their annual Crystal Decanter competition and to raise my game against quality competition. I've since won the Crystal Decanter three times and been runner-up three times, as well as winning their David Gibson Cup and being runner-up in their President's Competition. I’m a slightly less active member of Fictionaut and various other literary websites.

Projects: I'm currently on the Creative Writing BA course at Birkbeck, University of London, which I entered on the basis that it's about time I learned to write 'proper'.