May 2018

Falmouth BooskellerNot 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 cathygalvin1@gmail.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.
All the events are being held at Jericho’s Kitchen, 4 Northgate St, Launceston:
And all booking details can be found here
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November 2017

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.Front-Cover-The-Lost-of-Syros-9780993211928-Hi-Res-188x300

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.

 

 

October 2017

This month, I’m looking forward to judging the prose entries for the Carrick U3A writing competition.wm

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.

 

September 2017

I’m absolutely delighted that my flash fiction, Crue de la Seine28 Janvier 1910, has been selected for inclusion in Bonsai: The Big Book of Small Stories.Bonsai

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.

August 2017

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, Adauntitledm O’Riordan, Abigail Reynolds, Omar Robert Hamilton and many others.

 

 

June 2017

MeniscusI’m very pleased to say that my short story, Impressionism, will be published in the next issue of Meniscus.

A free, online literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programmes, Meniscus encourages international submissions and has an editorial team based in New Zealand, Australia and Britain. In 2103, they published another of my stories, A Walk in the Forest.

 

May 2017

I’ll be reading my short story, Impressionism, on 23 May at Telltales, Dolly’s Wine Bar, Church St, Falmouth. 7 for a 7.30 start. Free event.

history-pressJust over two months until submissions close for Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing. My co-editor, Felicity Notley, and I are looking for unpublished short stories from new, emerging and existing writers from Cornwall for an anthology to be published by The History Press in 2018 .

Find full details on the Cornish Short Stories website. Follow us @CornishShorts and Cornish Shorts on Facebook. The submission deadline is 7 July 2017.