Hall and Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize 2019

I am absolutely delighted that Travelling in the Dark has won this year’s Hall and Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize. The prize was set up in 2018 by Dorchester Literary Festival organisers Janet Gleeson and Paul Atterbury to celebrate writing from the West Country.

The £1000 prize was awarded by guest of honour Minette Walters at a ceremony held in the Duchess of Cornwall Inn, Poundbury, Dorset on 18 July 2019. My thanks to Lucinda Gray and Anthony Woodhouse of Hall and Woodhouse who kindly sponsor this award.

It was lovely to meet the other shortlisted writers and hear readings from their books. They were Susmita Bhattacharya for her short story collection Table Manners, Dee La Vardera for her work of non-fiction The Road to Civitella, and runner up Maria Donovan for The Chicken Soup Murder.

The DLF announcement can be found here.

July 2019

Landscapes of Mind and Memory, with Emma Timpany and Tom Vowler, Penzance Litfest, Friday 5 July

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.

June 2019

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.

April 2019

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.
GreenwayCornish 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.

August 2018

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. NTBP 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. CSS mixed

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.Best telltales logo

July 2018

I’m absolutely delighted that Travelling in the Dark will be launched at the UK’s oldest book store, Hatchards Piccadilly, on 12 July at 6.30pm. Four of the authors from the Fairlight Moderns series will be reading and signing books along with the wonderful team from Fairlight Books, our families and friends. Piccadilly was the first place I worked after arriving in London twenty-five years ago so I am thrilled to be returning there for this special occasion.
Hatchards

As I began writing Travelling in the Dark over six years ago, the publication of this book is the culmination of a long journey. My book has found an excellent home with the creative, thoughtful and inspirational new publisher Fairlight Books. I greatly admire their enthusiasm and determination in championing literary fiction and the beautiful but often over-looked form of the novella.Travelling cover

You can find out more in this interview on the Fairlight Books website.

There are also some new reviews and ratings up on Goodreads.

Travelling in the Dark is available from all good bookshops and online. There are a variety of ways to order which you see on the publisher’s book page here.

 

We are also out and about at some festivals with Cornish Short Stories this month. First of all with reading and discussion in Paper Wings at Penzance Litfest on Saturday 7 July at The Acorn.

And then we’ll be back with more readings at the truly unique gathering that is Port Eliot Festival on Friday 27 July at 1.45pm and Saturday 28 July at 2pm in The Tiddy Tent.

Please note that both these events are ticketed.

June 2018

liskeardJune is a busy month for Cornish Short Stories. We will be at the Book Shop, Liskeard at 2pm on Saturday 9 June – readings by Elaine Ruth White, Emma Staughton and Alan Robinson. Free event.

On 14 June at 6.30pm we’ll be at Falmouth Library for more readings. Also free but please book a ticket here 

We’ll round off the month at Waterstones, Truro from 7 to 9pm with a demonstration by illustrator Angela Annesley, discussion with cover artist Vita Sleigh and readings from the collection. £3.00.

Finally, some wonderful news: the launch of Travelling in the Dark will take place at Hatchard’s Piccadilly on 12 July. More details to follow…