Not 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 email@example.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.
And all booking details can be found here
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.
Our Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing call for submissions is underway. As co-editors, 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.
Thank you to Short Stops, Derek Thompson at Strictly Writing and Along The Write Lines, Literature Works and Joe Melia at the Bristol Short Story Prize for helping to spread the word.
During 2017, I’m also pleased to be taking part in Coast Lines, a collaborative book project set up by artist in residence at the Cornwall Records Office, Sue Lewington.
In 2017, I’ll be co-editing a book of Cornish short stories with Felicity Notley. Felicity and I are very excited to have this opportunity to showcase the wonderful literary talent this county has to offer.
Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing will be published by The History Press in May 2018.
Submissions are now open and all the details you need are on our Cornish Short Stories website. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter @CornishShorts
From January to March 2017, Felicity Notley is running creative writing sessions at Carnon Downs on Saturday mornings. Details here. I’ll begin to run classes again on Thursday evenings from April 2017. Please contact me if you’d like me to let you know when the classes resume.