Craig-HawesCraig Hawes

Craig Hawes was born and raised in Briton Ferry, South Wales. He has spent much of the past ten years working as a journalist on several publications in the United Arab Emirates, taking time out between 2007 and 2010 to chance his arm at fiction while paying the bills with badly paid manual work. During this time he wrote most of the stories for his first collection, The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim, to be published by Parthian Books in autumn 2013.

His short stories have appeared in several publications and prize-winning anthologies and broadcast on BBC radio. His afternoon play, Jailbird Lover, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2012. When he isn’t writing he can often be found at the cinema or training for his next long-distance run.

Runner-up in the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition
Third in the Yeovil Literary Prize
Shortlisted for the Bristol Prize
Plays and short stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4
Short story collection: The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqiem (Parthian)

The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqiem

haweswitchimageresizedThe Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim is a collection of short stories set in present day Dubai, a modern metropolis in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

With a majority expatriate population made up of nationalities from all over the world, the city is a multi-ethnic, multi-faith melting pot, a beacon of prosperity and stability in a troubled region.

But not all its residents are living the gold-plated dream. Construction workers, maids and servants lead lives of hardship, while even the rich are ever wary of breaking the strict Islamic laws.

Each of the stories is set in and around Dubai and feature an array of characters that represent the city’s wide social spectrum.

Hilary Johnson’s service has been invaluable to me over the past five years, helping me shape and polish several of my short stories, some of which have gone on to be broadcast on BBC radio and appear in prize-winning anthologies. I am massively grateful to her and her reader/s for their detailed reports. I invariably feel like I am getting my money’s worth and can’t recommend her service enough, whether you’re a novice author trying to find your voice or an old scribe in need of a guiding hand. ~ Craig Hawes