The idea behind back in the water as a theme (Brockley Max festival, Writers of Our Age) was getting back to normal life. We still haven’t really, and we didn’t stick to that brief, but water definitely came into it! Two stories from me, Lift Off, which will be featured in FlashFlood 2021 on 26th June, and Greenlanders, which was read at Liars’ League a while back.
Had to keep quiet until now, but just been watching the award ceremony so it MUST be ok now.
I was shortlisted for the Bridport Flash Fiction prize 2020 for my tiny story Medusa Wonders.
This morning I signed the contract on a short story being included in an anthology: Final Flight will be in Air: Sylphs, Spirits and Swan Maidens edited by Rhonda Parrish for Canadian publishers, Tyche Books. No idea about the publication date yet! Needless to say, the heroine of my story is not as ethereal as the title of the collection suggests!
And I am contributing a videoed reading of Foundation Myth to a virtual Brixton Bookjam. I don’t know on which date it will feature, but one of these: 13.04.20, 27.04.20 or 11.05.20!
On 8th March Arachne Press held an International Women’s Day of readings from female authors and poets, surrounded by the Tatty Divine exhibition at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. Many thanks to Greenwich University Galleries for hosting.
Here I am reading my short story from Departures, Cloud Island.
People who know me know that I don’t do horror. I hate creep and gore, and I actively like bats, spiders and so on, and don’t appreciate them being demonised.
Be that as it may, I am quite fond of a subtle ghost story, and I AM reading a small horror story, in company with other local writers for Hallowe’en.
Join us on 31st October at 7.30, upstairs at the Honor Oak pub, St Germains Road, SE23, for Frightful Yarns, in support of our local festival BrockleyMax.
This is a fundraiser, so ticketed, and £5 to get in. Advance tickets available here (with booking fee)
I’m sure there are tickets on the door too. Fancy dress optional.
Come along for a tale of entrapment and revenge through the medium of dance.
Yes. Really, and No, I won’t be dancing… don’t be silly.
Knock me down with a feather, I got shortlisted with a bit of flash. Thanks to Writers’ HQ and congrats to the other shortlistees and the winners.
This was an unintentionally topical story, written a while back. For those of us of a certain age, demonstrating, even on the streets of London was not always the comfortable, sunny, polite, almost-police-free day out it has been recently. The last 3 marches I’ve been on it has hardly felt worthwhile to start a chant, everyone is having such a lovely time. It was not always like this and I have been on marches like the one in the story when it got quite scary and there were snipers on the roofs.
And I have heard Flamenco rhythms cut right through everything else, so that people knew who is being applauded and why.
So, none of it is true, and all of it is true.
Math Jones embodying Joel’s confusion, excitement, fear and …
I’ve been so busy over at Arachne Press that I’ve been neglecting my own blog.
SO a few things have happened, and will be happening.
TONIGHT (Friday 8/12/17)
Hope to see some familiar faces!
Solstice Shorts is coming up, 21st December, 52 authors on 12 sites across the UK at DUSK That’s why I’ve been so busy! That, and launching Spellbinder, the second book in my mum’s trilogy of YA fantasy, The Naming of Brook Storyteller.
Recently I was interviewed on podcasting site Time for Cakes and Ale – have a listen.
And also in October, at Archway With Words, I read Mirror. (from Lovers’ Lies) It’s the first time I’ve read it myself, usually I get an actor to read it for me.
Here’s a recording of me reading Algorithms, written specifically for the Urban Myths event at Brockley Max last night, which showcased the work of my fellow WooA writers.
Still recovering from an epic evening of communal writing!
Videos of the Lewisham Library launch for Liberty Tales, with a snippet from Knitting for Demons… hmm. Reblogging recordings and videos doesn’t work! That’s annoying. I’ve uploaded my video, for the rest, follow the link to the original.
Welcome to the Liberty Tales Lewisham videos (yes, I got the video to work!), not posted until now because I was too busy doing other events!
so here are:
David MathewsBorder Country
Cherry PottsKnitting for Demons
Liam Hogan The King’s Computer
Incidentally, each time I post a snippet of video or audio, it will be a different pieces, so you can search around for more of the piece without repetition.
On which subject TODAY at 5pm, you can catch Katy Darby, Cassandra Passarelli, Liam Hogan and Carolyn Eden reading at Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX from 5pm, and if you buy a book they’ll sign it for you.