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.
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.
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.
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.
Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Writing was officially published on 2 April with books due in shops and pre-orders to be dispatched on 9 April. It’s wonderful to see the culmination of so much work find its way out into the world.
The image on the left is one of four beautiful woodcut illustrations by artist Angela Annesley included amongst work by nineteen Cornish writers including Tom Vowler, Katherine Stansfield, Cathy Galvin, Rob Magnuson Smith and many more new and established voices.
You can find out more on the Cornish Short Stories website and order copies from your local bookseller or online.
An unexpected Easter gift was a proof copy of my novella, Travelling in the Dark, from Fairlight Books. It is everything I could have hoped for – a gorgeous design, creamy paper and a surprising substance given it is a novella. Fairlight Books will be at the London Book Fair from 10-12 April in Hall 6, Stand 6F 100, so do stop by and say hello if you are passing.
I’m pleased to say I’ll be announcing some very exciting news about a new publication in the New Year…
One lovely thing I am able to share with you now is the cover of Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing. This bold design, by the very talented young illustrator Vita Sleigh, is full of the wild energy we see around us in Cornwall in every season. Felicity and I both love it, and we are delighted that The History Press feel the same way.
It has been a very busy and productive year for me, and I can’t wait to see many hours of past and current work become beautiful books in 2018. In 2017, I’ve had visitors to this site from 48 countries in all parts of the world – thank you to everyone who has taken the time to stop by.