I am absolutely delighted to share some excellent news. My novella, Travelling in the Dark, will be published on 11 July 2018.
My publisher, Fairlight Books in Oxford, are keen to promote literary fiction and also want their books to look beautiful. This is already apparent in the care and attention they have given my manuscript and in the gorgeous cover design.
A recent report by the Arts Council set out the very real threats facing literary fiction. In these dark days for the genre, the energy and enthusiasm of Fairlight’s approach has been an inspiration to me.
Travelling in the Dark is one a series of five novellas: the others are Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn, There Are Things I Know by Karen B Golightly, Inside the Bone Box by Anthony Ferner and The Driveway has Two Sides by Sara Marchant. Find out more here
Fairlight Books are open for submissions of literary fiction. You can find further details here. In keeping with their wish to treat all writers who takes the time to submit to them in a fair and open manner, they have a Submissions Code of Practice.
Over the next weeks and months, I’d be posting regularly about this book’s journey to publication and the intriguing literary form known as the novella.
I’m pleased to say I’ll be announcing some very exciting news about a new publication in the New Year…
One lovely thing I am able to share with you now is the cover of Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing. This bold design, by the very talented young illustrator Vita Sleigh, is full of the wild energy we see around us in Cornwall in every season. Felicity and I both love it, and we are delighted that The History Press feel the same way.
It has been a very busy and productive year for me, and I can’t wait to see many hours of past and current work become beautiful books in 2018. In 2017, I’ve had visitors to this site from 48 countries in all parts of the world – thank you to everyone who has taken the time to stop by.
I’m very pleased that my flash fiction piece I Imagined You Different will be published in Retrospective by Palm-Sized Press. You can find out more about this delightful little press and magazine here.
I also came across this lovely new review of The Lost of Syros by Victoria Field on Amazon:
Accomplished and riveting short stories mostly centred on the experiences of girls and young women, always vividly located in a specific place. There’s a sense of loss and confusion, of things not always being what they seem, a kind of fugitive grief, even if as in one story, there’s a happy ending when the lost child is found. I loved this book.
This month, I’m looking forward to judging the prose entries for the Carrick U3A writing competition.
The WoMentoring Project offers up and coming female writers, who would otherwise not be able to afford it, the chance to work with an experienced writer. I’m offering to mentor a short story writer looking to put together a first collection through this scheme. There are more details here.
I’m absolutely delighted that my flash fiction, Crue de la Seine, 28 Janvier 1910, has been selected for inclusion in Bonsai: The Big Book of Small Stories.
Bonsai will be published by Canterbury University Press in 2018. Edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, this ambitious project (the first of its kind in New Zealand) aims to include the very best small fictions from Aotearoa.
In honour of their 5th birthday, Elbow Room have published a series of birthday postcards containing writing and artwork by past contributors. These lovely items are available to buy here for £1 each.
My short story Impressionism has been published in Meniscus Volume 5, Issue 1 and is available to read here.
You can also read my article, Why Short Stories Matter, on the FalWriting website. The site has many other stories and articles from the English and Creative Writing community at Falmouth University.
A wonderful Port Eliot Festival this year, listening to Kayo Chingonyi, Gwendoline Riley, Adam O’Riordan, Abigail Reynolds, Omar Robert Hamilton and many others.
I’m very pleased that my flash fiction, Tissue, will be part of the Elbow Room 5th birthday celebrations on 14 July 2017.
Telltales are performing at the Penzance Literary Festival on Thursday 6 July, 7.30pm at The Admiral Benbow, Chapel Street, 7.30pm, £3.00. There will also be a free event at Dolly’s Wine Bar, Church St, Falmouth on 25 July at 7 for a 7.30pm start. I’ll be compering our final event at Port Eliot Festival at 10.15am, Saturday 29 July in the Tiddy Tent in the Walled Garden area.
Felicity Notley is planning a new series of workshops about writing poetry to commence in October this year at Carnon Downs Village Hall. Please get in touch with Felicity for more information.
Submissions for Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing close on 7 July. Find out more and submit your work here.