Monthly Archives: July 2012

A new short story: Love Letters

I’ve had some great enthusiastic comments and support recently from Nic Wilkinson. For those who don’t know her, she’s a letterer in the world of comics and also one of the editorial team for indie publisher Markosia. The reason I mention Nic is that she asked when there would be more stories to read on my blog. That prompted me to, well, to write a story. About a letterer of comics. Who is not Nic. Just inspired by her.

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My second prizegiving!

ImageLast Saturday, the Arnolfini hosted the prizegiving for this year’s Bristol Short Story Prize. I was honoured, flattered, surprised and dancing like a little girl when I heard that my story The Swimmer had made it into the Top 20 and therefore into this year’s Bristol Prize anthology. Anything else was a bonus: fortunately that bonus came in the form of some great feedback from people involved in judging the competition and some fine new friends amongst the other writers who attended the event.

The anthology – featuring 20 short stories – is now on sale at the Arnolfini bookshop. You can also find it on the Waterstones’ website here and, I believe, at Waterstones in Bristol. You can also buy a copy from the Bristol Prize website – http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/shop/volume-5.html. At £10, that’s only 50p per story which is beyond ridiculously good value.

Thanks to the Bristol Prize for making this writer very happy!

 

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My first prizegiving!

Delighted to go to the Frome Short Story Competition prizegiving last Sunday. My story – The King’s Bed – not only made it onto the National Longlist (out of 450 entrants) but was also chosen as second place in the local authors’ category. I got some great feedback from author and judge Maria McCann, plus some top tips from writing legend Peter Lovesey and agent Jane Judd. And a free lunch 🙂

All in all, a grand day out. I think the story will be published on the Frome Short Story Comp website, so I’ll keep you posted. We also started hatching a plan with local actress Tracy Ashford about starting up A Book At Bedtime on FromeFM. Watch this space….!

Next weekend: Bristol Short Story Prize ceremony. Tis the season of handshakes and hospitality!

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A Modern Fairy Tale: The Current When It Serves

A while ago, I entered a short story competition on the theme A Modern Fairy Tale. I didn’t win (boo), but I thought I’d share my story with you. It’s called The Current When It Serves, and it goes a little something like this….:

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