I’m delighted to have a piece of flash fiction in Elbow Room, Volume 16. For many years I’ve admired these beautiful, limited edition, hand-bound pamphlets which contain poetry and prose alongside work by visual artists.
You can find out more about Elbow Room here and purchase copies here.
New Zealand book review site FlaxFlower published a review of The Lost of Syros in late March. Many thanks to the reviewer, and to Bronwyn Elsmore who runs this free service for New Zealand writers.
I’m reading from Over the Dam and The Lost of Syros with Sue Kittow at Chintz Bar (picture of this lovely venue below), Old Brewery Yard, Falmouth on Monday 19 September 2016, 7.30pm start. Free event. The readings will be followed by an open mic.
Many thanks to Rupert Dastur at The Short Story website for this interview about my short story writing. The Short Story is an online platform dedicated to short stories.
The weekly Creative Writing Group at Carnon Downs Village Hall begins on Thursday 8 September 6.45 to 8.45pm. Please contact me for more information.
The Lost of Syros has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016. There are many excellent short story collections on this year’s list, including In Margate By Lunchtime by fellow Cultured Llama author, Maggie Harris.
‘Organisers of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, who are marking the tenth anniversary of the award this year, have revealed an exciting and eclectic longlist for 2016.
The Edge Hill Short Story Prize it is the only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories and has attracted established names competing alongside relative newcomers for the £10,000 main prize, a £1,000 Readers’ Prize and an additional category worth £500 acknowledging rising talents on Edge Hill University’s own MA Creative Writing course.’
A shortlist of six will be announced in May.
My short story, Crue, will be published on the Ink, Sweat and Tears webzine on March 19th.
‘Ink Sweat & Tears is a UK based webzine which publishes and reviews poetry, prose, prose-poetry, word & image pieces and everything in between. Our tastes are eclectic and magpie-like and we aim to publish something new every day.’
IS&T’s sole editor is the marvellous poet and artist, Helen Ivory.
Owing to rising production costs, Cultured Llama Press have decided to increase their prices. From 1 February 2016, The Lost of Syros will cost £12.00 per copy. There is more information about The Lost Of Syros, and a new review, available to read here.
On 14 December, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall about writing short stories. You can listen to the interview 33 minutes into Tiffany Truscott’s show here.
New reviews of The Lost of Syros and Over The Dam, by Dunedin poet and writer Sue Wootton, will be published in takahe 86.
You can read the review of The Lost of Syros here and Over The Dam review here.
Very pleased to hear that my story, Girls On Motorbikes, has been commended in the Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing by judge Jaki McCarrick. Congratulations to winner Melanie Whipman, runners-up Aidan O’Reilly and Karina Vidler and the other commended writers Catherine McNamara and Shauna Mackay.
Some weeks ago, Derek Thompson invited me to do a Q&A for the Strictly Writing blog. It’s about The Lost of Syros, my short story collection, and how I found my publisher, Cultured Llama Press. You can read the interview here.