Fairlight Books are featuring my story, Flowers, as their short story of the week. You can read it here.
My novella, Travelling in the Dark, is now available in North America, along with some other fine Fairlight titles. In the US, it can be ordered via the online book store Bookshop .
Exploring the World of Short Stories, the course I’m tutoring for Literature Works Quay Words project, starts on Saturday 8 May. If you have signed up for the course, I look forward to seeing you there!
I’m very pleased to say that the course I’m teaching for the Literature Works Quay Words programme, Exploring the World of Short Stories, is almost fully booked. Many thanks to everyone who has signed up so far and to the kind people who helped to spread the word. The course runs from 8 May -5 June, and I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience of this intriguing form.
If you’d like to snap up a place, please book here.
I have a lifelong love of the short story form. My first short story was published in 2010, and in 2011 I was lucky enough to win two short story awards within weeks of each other, the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Trust Award and the SWWJ Theodora Roscoe/ Vera Brittain Award. Since then, my stories have been collected in a pamphlet, Over the Dam, and a full collection, The Lost of Syros, which was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2016.
You can read some reviews of the collections here.
Over the Dam, my first publication, was published by Red Squirrel Press as a result of the title story winning their Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition in 2013. From this core of five stories, I’ve developed a full collection of fifteen stories called Three Roads. The book was due to be published by Red Squirrel this year, but will now appear next year because of delays caused by the pandemic.
Short stories have brought me so many good things over the years. I’ve seen my words in print and online and have travelled to many places and been involved in all kinds of events because of them.
From 8 May to 5 June 2021, I’ll be teaching an online course,Exploring the World of Short Stories, for Literature Works as part of their wonderful Quay Words programme. The course will run over five Saturday mornings from 11am to 1pm.
Intriguing, engaging and a little bit mysterious, short stories are windows into other lives and worlds – but what goes into making a great short story? During these informative and inspiring sessions, we’ll look at the essential elements all short stories share and explore creative writing techniques.
This is Porthtowan, on the north coast of Cornwall, a few days ago. Such beautiful light on the water. Moments like this, of warm, winter sunlight and stillness at the edge of the sea, feel very precious – perhaps more than ever this year.
I hope to have some news to share about 2021 soon; in the meantime, I’d like to mention Bookshop , an online bookshop which financially supports local, independent bookshops.
When placing an order, you can nominate a specific local bookshop who will receive the full profit from your order. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookshops. You can read all about the organisation here.
It is ten years this month since my short story, Katherine and the Lighthouse, was published in the lovely journal The Parabola Project. Since then, thirteen more of my stories have appeared in a wide variety of print publications. Others have appeared in literary journals online.
It’s been a great joy to see my stories in print over the last decade, and I wanted to celebrate by assembling copies of the journals and anthologies my work has appeared in. As you can see, there is a fascinating variety! From the tiny to the more substantial, they are all unique and lovely.
Thank you to all these publications and the great people behind them: The Parabola Project, The Yellow Room, The Frogmore Papers, Dream Catcher, The Interpreter’s House, Takahē, Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time, The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Elbow Room, Palm Sized Press, and Bonsai: The Big Book of Small Stories.
I’m so happy that a copy of my 2015 short story collection has found its way back to the island of Syros in the Greek Cyclades.
The left hand photograph shows the book cover against its inspiration, the town of Ermopouli, and on the right is Kini.
As you can see, Syros is a beautiful place. It is very much a working island with a fascinating history. Although I have not been back since the early 1990s, I hear from a reliable source that it still retains a good deal of its magic.
So, here’s to Syros – to those who were lost on her, and to those who have found themselves there.
I’m very pleased and excited to say that Travelling in the Dark will be launched in the US and Canada in May 2021, as part of the Fairlight Books release of their titles into the North American market.