An extract from the 1926 thread of this as yet unfinished novel(la) – first draft almost done.
Early summer is the time for festivals in South London, and this year I am reading/ speaking at several
Hither Green Festival Saturday May 18th 7pm at one of my favourite venues,
Manor House Library, on Old Road SE13 5SY
I will be reading from my novel in progress, The Bog Mermaid
alongside Joan Taylor-Rowan, Rebecca Skipwith, Katy Darby, Kate Foley and Math Jones
FREE Readings of stories and poems based in the past – from the 17th to the 20th Century – life stories and imagined lives, followed by a fairly short discussion about writing from history – what inspired the piece, what research was needed, how was the story shaped by the facts and which got in the way – that sort of thing.
With my writing cronies WOOA we are at BrockleyMAX Festival again this year, with stories at the Talbot pub, corner of Lewisham Way and Tyrwhitt Road, taking as our theme Hidden Corners.
We haven’t finalised who is reading, but probably Bartle Sawbridge, Neil Lawrence, Catriona Jarvis, Carolyn Robertson. And you can join in a very silly game after the break.
10am on Saturday 15th June (Flash Fiction Day) I am at Greenwich Book Festival for the first time, when I join my fellow editors Rosamund Davies and Kam Rehal for a pre-publication panel discussion on Story Cities at Room KW003 King William Court Greenwich University Old Naval College Park Row Greenwich SE10 9LS.
FREE, but we are assuming you will need at ticket, but they aren’t on the festival website yet.
As well as editing the book I have a tiny story in it, Foundation Myth, alongside 41 other writers. In the shops 13th June, you can buy it here now
STOP PRESS ! I just had a flash fiction accepted for Flash Flood Journal. Rising Dawn will feature on the journal at around 8.45 on 15th June (national flash-fiction day) not long before we talk about forthcoming Story Cities book of flash at Greenwich Book Fest at 10am!
This is a third outing for Rising Dawn, previously on Spelk and Story Friday
It’s that time of year when the festivals come thick and fast.
Over the next couple of months I will be taking part in a number of SE London events, so I thought I’d just mention them, in case you felt like coming along.
Join us for
Strange stories including (probably) spells potions and drinking. Bring your own (story!) to read, and join in the writing relay.
I am judging the children’s poetry competition! Winners will be announced on 16th June.
On 20th June I will be presenting authors from Arachne Press’ Dusk anthology, reading their contributions – stories and poems inspired by the in-between of no sun but not dark – yet.
St John’s Church on Bromley Road, opposite Homebase.