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.
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.