I’m absolutely delighted that Travelling in the Dark will be launched at the UK’s oldest book store, Hatchards Piccadilly, on 12 July at 6.30pm. Four of the authors from the Fairlight Moderns series will be reading and signing books along with the wonderful team from Fairlight Books, our families and friends. Piccadilly was the first place I worked after arriving in London twenty-five years ago so I am thrilled to be returning there for this special occasion.
As I began writing Travelling in the Dark over six years ago, the publication of this book is the culmination of a long journey. My book has found an excellent home with the creative, thoughtful and inspirational new publisher Fairlight Books. I greatly admire their enthusiasm and determination in championing literary fiction and the beautiful but often over-looked form of the novella.
You can find out more in this interview on the Fairlight Books website.
There are also some new reviews and ratings up on Goodreads.
Travelling in the Dark is available from all good bookshops and online. There are a variety of ways to order which you see on the publisher’s book page here.
We are also out and about at some festivals with Cornish Short Stories this month. First of all with reading and discussion in Paper Wings at Penzance Litfest on Saturday 7 July at The Acorn.
And then we’ll be back with more readings at the truly unique gathering that is Port Eliot Festival on Friday 27 July at 1.45pm and Saturday 28 July at 2pm in The Tiddy Tent.
Please note that both these events are ticketed.
Not long now until the Cornish Short Stories book launch on Saturday 19 May from 6pm onwards at the Falmouth Bookseller, Church St, Falmouth. Everyone welcome.
Cornish Short Stories has been invited to join in with a series of exciting short story events at the Charles Causley Festival in Launceston on 1 June 2018. The Word Factory founder Cathy Galvin has arranged a day of activities aimed at inspiring new work in the company of Cornwall’s writers, editors and publishers.
Anyone interested in finding new ways of generating ideas will love Adam Marek’s masterclass -The Never-ending Idea Machine – from 2-5pm. Places are limited. Adam is a wonderful, empathetic teacher as well as one of the leading young writers in the UK. His class is aimed at exploring how to generate ideas for stories. It’s suited to anyone who simply wants to stimulate their imagination – you don’t have to be a short story writer!
Earlier in the day, starting at 10.30 am, Cathy and I are running a short story reading club in the town – like a book club except you only have to have read one gripping story in advance! The club is free – simply drop a note to Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can send you the story everyone will be reading. If people enjoy it, we may organise some more. This will be a very relaxed, informal event.
And from 6.30pm -8pm, Cathy will host Adam, Luke, brilliant short story writer Tom Vowler and me at a Word Factory salon in an evening of conversation about the short story – and particularly the short story in Cornwall.
And all booking details can be found here
I’m thrilled to be taking part in two events at the Looe Literary Festival on Sunday 13 November. In the morning, I’m running a workshop exploring character from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Truly Scrumptious, Higher Market Street, East Looe PL13 1BW. £10; book here .
In the afternoon, I’m giving a talk from 4 to 5pm at the Black Swan, Fore Street, East Looe, PL13 1DT. Free. The talk focuses on one of my stories which was inspired by Anne Estelle Rice’s portrait of Katherine Mansfield painted in Looe in June 1918.
This month, the Creative Writing Group at Carnon Downs will meet on 3, 10, 17 and 24 November, 6.45 to 8.45pm in the Meeting Room, Carnon Downs Village Hall.
I’m very pleased to say that I’ll be giving a talk and running at workshop at Looe Literary Festival on Sunday 13 November. More details soon.
The Creative Writing Group will meet on 6, 13, 20 October in the Meeting Room, Carnon Downs Village Hall, 6.45 to 8.45pm. (There is no meeting on 27 October due to half term.) Please contact me if you are interested in coming along.
A celebration of the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Award will be held on Saturday 16 May at the Darlington Arts Festival. My story, ‘The Pledge,’ will be read, by a Liars’ League actor, alongside other recent winning stories by Carys Davies, Benjamin Myers and Samuel Wright.
The Tom-Gallon Award is an annual award for £1,000 financed by a bequest made by Miss Nellie Tom-Gallon in memory of her brother. It was first awarded in 1943; originally biennial, it is now awarded annually thanks to the support of the ALCS.
Solstice Shorts: sixteen stories about time is now available to buy here.
takahe 83 is now available to buy here.
My short story, ‘The Wet’, has been published in takahe 83, the 25th anniversary issue. More details soon.
The Solstice Shorts Festival, a literature and folk music festival run by Arachne Press, will take place on 21 December 2014. As well as being winter solstice, the 21st is also National Short Story Day.
16 time-themed stories, including my story, ‘Stars’, will be read every half hour between sunrise and sunset at the West Greenwich Library and the Royal Observatory Greenwich, including stories written by judges Alison Moore, Robert Shearman, Anita Sethi and Imogen Robertson. Readings are free to attend.
An anthology of the stories, Solstice Shorts: sixteen stories about time will be published by Arachne Press on 8 January 2015, ISBN: 978-1-909208-23-0
Penzance Litfest 16-20 July
On Saturday 19th July Telltales will take place at the Admiral Benbow, Chapel St, Penzance 7.30 -10pm
On Sunday 20th I’m taking part in a panel discussion, ‘The Author and the Small Press’ at Penlee Coach House, Penlee House, Penzance 2.30-3.30pm along with Sue Kittow, Alison Hodge of Alison Hodge Publishers and Piers Henriques from Penryn Press
The amazing Port Eliot Festival returns this year, running from 24-28th July at St Germans, Cornwall.
Telltales will perform a ‘Freshly Squeezed’ set on the Five Dial stage in the Walled Garden on Sunday afternoon. Six writers will read pieces specially written on site in response to the festival.
Telltales is back home at Dolly’s, 21A Church St, Falmouth TR11 3EG on Tuesday 29th July at 7.30pm. Full details of the event can be found on the website.
‘A Bird So Rare’ has won the SWWJ Elizabeth Longford Poetry Competition 2014.