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!
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.
It’s been a month for getting mentioned on other people’s websites, and you can also read my guest blog about publishing short stories on BooksEtc.
and my guest blog for National Short Story Week (Coming up in November)
.Cent Magazine published my flash fiction, Is Nothing, in their Cornucopia edition under the Harvest theme. You have to sign up to read, but it doesn’t commit you to anything. Lovely illustration too.
This story came from running an exercise with a group at Swindon Festival of Literature in 2012 – in silence, just writing everything you can hear, but not interpreting it. Go back later and interpret what you have written any way you please. (So the creaking and groaning [of an unoiled hinge – the bit you don’t write down] might ultimately become the creak of a ship and the groan of …) rather than do nothing while the group wrote, I joined in, and this was the result.
Tall Tales at the Tavern
Bartle Sawbridge, Cherry Potts, Clare Sandling,
David Bausor, Joan Taylor Rowan, Rosalind Stopps
Read by Gill Stoker and Mike Burnside
Followed by a flash fiction open mic session for any other writers who want to join in, around 200 words: bring something along, or write in the interval.
Misty Moon Gallery, Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Road, SE13 7HS
Thursday 7th June 2012 7.00pm
No booking required, just turn up and grab a seat