Cornish Short Stories on The Source FM, July

Two excellent stories from Cornish Short Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Cornish Writing will feature on The Source FM in July. Listen in on 96.10FM or here

First up, at 2pm on Friday 3rd July is Rob Magnuson Smith’s magical Sonny, about the unexpected impact an injured seagull has on the life of a long term couple.

At the same time on Friday 10th July, you can hear Emma Staughton’s The Siren of Treen, a contemporary reworking of the traditional Cornish tale The Mermaid of Zennor.

copyright woodcuts @Angela Annesley/ cover image @Vita Sleigh

If you missed the earlier shows, there is still time to listen again to The Superpower by Sarah Perry,  The Haunting of Bodmin Jail by Anastasia Gammon and Roaring Girl by Alan Robinson here.

Ballast by Sarah Thomas can be heard again here.

Our thanks to The Story Hour producer Patrick Haughton, the actors from Penryn Community Theatre, and The History Press.

Cornish Short Stories on Source FM

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 Short Story Hour

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.

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

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…

April 2018

knotCornish 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.

TitdAn 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.

December 2017

I’m pleased to say I’ll be announcing some very exciting news about a new publication in the New Year…CSS websize

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.

November 2017

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.Front-Cover-The-Lost-of-Syros-9780993211928-Hi-Res-188x300

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.