Emma and Tom will discuss how their fictional writings portray natural environments that are almost characters in themselves, creating complex ‘psychogeographies’ that reflect emotional and psychological landscapes, as well as investigating the unstable boundaries between past and present, and reality and fantasy
1pm to 2.30pm, St John’s Hall, Alverton St, Penzance. £4.00. Concessions available.
Cornish Short Stories nominated for a Holyer an Gof Award 2019, 10 July at Royal Cornwall Museum
Organised by the Gorsedh Kernow and now in its 23rd year, this award is for books by writers from Cornwall, about Cornwall or written in Cornish. There are many fine books amongst this year’s nominations.
Travelling in the Dark Shortlisted for the DLF Writing Prize, 18 July 2018
The other shortlistees are Dee La Vardera, Susmita Bhattacharya and Maria Donovan. The Award Ceremony, with guest Minette Walters, will take place at the Duchess of Cornwall, Poundbury, Dorset at 6pm.
There are two lovely events taking place in June.
The Callington Book Fair will be held on Saturday 8 June from 10am to 3.30pm in Callington Town Hall. Entry is by donation to Cornwall Air Ambulance. The authors Lilian Henry, Anthony Fagin and Mark Simmons are also taking part along with a number of book dealers.
The following day, Sunday 9 June, Cornish Shorts is on at Greenway Literary Festival, Greenway House. From 2.30 to 3.30pm, Tom Vowler, Heather Norman and I will be discussing the importance of place in short stories. Admission charges apply.
I’m delighted that Travelling in the Dark is on the long-list for the Dorchester Literary Festival Writing Prize 2019. Now in its second year, the prize is for works of fiction and non fiction by writers from, or connected to, the South West.
Another book which is close to my heart is also on the long-list – Corpse Path Cottage by Margaret Scutt. Margaret was an accomplished author of two historical novels, but her crime novels failed to find a publisher during her life time. Set in the 1950s, an era it captures perfectly, Corpse Path Cottage was finally published last year more than six decades after it was written.
It’s just over a month until the inaugural Greenway Literary Festival. I’ll be discussing the importance of place in stories with Tom Vowler on Sunday 9 June at 2.30pm. Details here.
On 9 June, Tom Vowler and I will be discussing the importance of place in short stories at the inaugural Greenway Literary Festival.
Greenway Literary Festival: Cornish Shorts
The Greenway Literary Festival is being held in honour of the ten year anniversary of Agatha Christie’s former home being open to the public.
Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing celebrates its first year since publication on 2 April.
Cover design by Vita Sleigh and woodcut illustrations by Angela Annesley.
I’m very pleased to say that Travelling in the Dark has been longlisted for this year’s Not the Booker Prize. Voting for the short list closes on Monday 6 August at 23.59pm. Find out how to cast your vote. The lucky winner receives this lovely mug.
For our last event of the summer, Cornish Short Stories will take part in the Cornish Tales evening at Royal Cornwall Museum on Saturday 4 August, 6 to 7.30pm. Find out more and book tickets here. £5 for adults; children free.
The first edition of Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing has sold out and the reprint is underway.
Congratulations to live literature event Telltales, which celebrated its 10th birthday last night. There were balloons, glasses of pink champagne and, most importantly, wonderful words read by their writers to a happy audience.
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 email@example.com 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.