Two excellent stories from Cornish Short Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Cornish Writing will feature on The Source FM in July. Listen in on 96.10FM or here
First up, at 2pm on Friday 3rd July is Rob Magnuson Smith’s magical Sonny, about the unexpected impact an injured seagull has on the life of a long term couple.
At the same time on Friday 10th July, you can hear Emma Staughton’s The Siren of Treen, a contemporary reworking of the traditional Cornish tale The Mermaid of Zennor.
copyright woodcuts @Angela Annesley/ cover image @Vita Sleigh
If you missed the earlier shows, there is still time to listen again to The Superpower by Sarah Perry, The Haunting of Bodmin Jail by Anastasia Gammon and Roaring Girl by Alan Robinson here.
Ballast by Sarah Thomas can be heard again here.
Our thanks to The Story Hour producer Patrick Haughton, the actors from Penryn Community Theatre, and The History Press.
A small selection of stories from Cornish Short Stories will feature on Source FM’s Story Hour at 2-3pm over the coming weeks. Listen in on 96.10 FM or online
First up, on Friday 12th June are ‘The Haunting of Bodmin Jail’ by Anastasia Gammon, ‘Roaring Girl’ by Alan Robinson and ‘The Superpower’ by Sarah Perry. You can listen again here.
On Friday 19th June, Sarah Thomas’s wonderful story ‘Ballast’ is included in the programme. A must for those who love Cornwall’s magical gardens.
A further two stories will feature in July – more details to follow.
The Story Hour is a weekly programme which broadcasts short stories by writers, past and present, from Cornwall. The show’s producer is Patrick Haughton and the stories are read as written by actors from Penryn Community Theatre.
Source FM is a community radio station which broadcasts to residents of Falmouth and Penryn and reaches 7,000 + listeners a week. Both Source FM and Penryn Community Theatre are not-for-profit organisations run by volunteers, and we are delighted to be working with these local organisations.
I am absolutely delighted that Travelling in the Dark has won this year’s Hall and Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize. The prize was set up in 2018 by Dorchester Literary Festival organisers Janet Gleeson and Paul Atterbury to celebrate writing from the West Country.
The £1000 prize was awarded by guest of honour Minette Walters at a ceremony held in the Duchess of Cornwall Inn, Poundbury, Dorset on 18 July 2019. My thanks to Lucinda Gray and Anthony Woodhouse of Hall and Woodhouse who kindly sponsor this award.
It was lovely to meet the other shortlisted writers and hear readings from their books. They were Susmita Bhattacharya for her short story collection Table Manners, Dee La Vardera for her work of non-fiction The Road to Civitella, and runner up Maria Donovan for The Chicken Soup Murder.
The DLF announcement can be found here.
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.
My short story Flowers is Seren Short Story of the Month! You can read it here
Two lovely events are taking place this month.
St Piran’s Day, 5 March, Waterstones, Truro
Come along to Waterstones, Truro and celebrate St Piran’s Day with readings by Alan Robinson, Philipa Aldous, Cathy Galvin, Candy Neubert and Elaine White from Cornish Short Stories and an artist talk by our cover illustrator Vita Sleigh. This free event will take place upstairs in Café W from 12.30 to 1.30pm.
Reading Around the Fire, 9 March, The Gurnard’s Head Pub, near Zennor
Readings and talk by myself, Felicity Notley and Emma Staughton from Cornish Short Stories. I’ll also be speaking about, and reading from, Travelling in the Dark. Free event in the bar from 4-5.30pm.
A local launch of Travelling in the Dark will take place on Tuesday 23 October at the Falmouth Bookseller, 6-8pm, free event, all welcome. We’ll be joined for the evening by Louise Boland, CEO of Fairlight Books.
The following morning, 24 October 8.30 to 9.30am, come along and be inspired by Louise’s innovative approach to publishing as she shares her passion for literary fiction at Stranger Collective’s Creative Breakfast. Free event but book your place here.
Felicity Notley will be reading her work from Cornish Short Stories on Saturday 6 October at the North Cornwall Book Festival, 10am, Main Marquee, as part of the Cream of Cornish event alongside Lucy Wood and other local authors. Free event.