A small selection of stories from Cornish Short Stories will feature on Source FM’s Story Hour at 2-3pm over the coming weeks. Listen in on 96.10 FM or online
First up, on Friday 12th June are ‘The Haunting of Bodmin Jail’ by Anastasia Gammon, ‘Roaring Girl’ by Alan Robinson and ‘The Superpower’ by Sarah Perry. You can listen again here.
On Friday 19th June, Sarah Thomas’s wonderful story ‘Ballast’ is included in the programme. A must for those who love Cornwall’s magical gardens.
A further two stories will feature in July – more details to follow.
The Story Hour is a weekly programme which broadcasts short stories by writers, past and present, from Cornwall. The show’s producer is Patrick Haughton and the stories are read as written by actors from Penryn Community Theatre.
Source FM is a community radio station which broadcasts to residents of Falmouth and Penryn and reaches 7,000 + listeners a week. Both Source FM and Penryn Community Theatre are not-for-profit organisations run by volunteers, and we are delighted to be working with these local organisations.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.