June 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…
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.
I’m very pleased that my flash fiction piece I Imagined You Different will be published in Retrospective by Palm-Sized Press. You can find out more about this delightful little press and magazine here.
I also came across this lovely new review of The Lost of Syros by Victoria Field on Amazon:
Accomplished and riveting short stories mostly centred on the experiences of girls and young women, always vividly located in a specific place. There’s a sense of loss and confusion, of things not always being what they seem, a kind of fugitive grief, even if as in one story, there’s a happy ending when the lost child is found. I loved this book.
This month, I’m looking forward to judging the prose entries for the Carrick U3A writing competition.
The WoMentoring Project offers up and coming female writers, who would otherwise not be able to afford it, the chance to work with an experienced writer. I’m offering to mentor a short story writer looking to put together a first collection through this scheme. There are more details here.
I’m absolutely delighted that my flash fiction, Crue de la Seine, 28 Janvier 1910, has been selected for inclusion in Bonsai: The Big Book of Small Stories.
Bonsai will be published by Canterbury University Press in 2018. Edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, this ambitious project (the first of its kind in New Zealand) aims to include the very best small fictions from Aotearoa.
In honour of their 5th birthday, Elbow Room have published a series of birthday postcards containing writing and artwork by past contributors. These lovely items are available to buy here for £1 each.
My short story Impressionism has been published in Meniscus Volume 5, Issue 1 and is available to read here.
You can also read my article, Why Short Stories Matter, on the FalWriting website. The site has many other stories and articles from the English and Creative Writing community at Falmouth University.
A wonderful Port Eliot Festival this year, listening to Kayo Chingonyi, Gwendoline Riley, Adam O’Riordan, Abigail Reynolds, Omar Robert Hamilton and many others.