The Birdman of Farringdon Road
The Birdman of Farringdon Road was originally written for Task Three of the 2007-8 SlingInk Eurofiction Competition. The prompt used was "Write a story which includes a bucket, a feather and an apple". It was placed 17th equal out of a total field of 57. The (unnamed) judge commented that it was "intriguing and imaginative. Enjoyable read."
After a minor edit to tone down the language and remove the apple from the story (because it really wasn't adding any value), The Birdman of Farringdon Road was published in Issue 84 of Litro in March 2009. It was also made available in October 2010 as a paid download on the Ether app.
The Birdman of Farringdon Road was recorded and made available as a webcast by Short Story Radio for National Short Story Week in October 2013. The producer was Ian Skillicorn and the reader was David Wayman.