I entered a piece in the Labello Press International Short Story Competition last month. I was long listed, and then shortlisted. I didn’t finish in the top three, but I did win an Excellence in Contemporary Narrative Award. I’m happy with that. They will publish my story, The Passenger, in their 2014 anthology, called Gem Street. […]
I’ve spent a lot of time editing other people’s short stories this week. It’s not something I’ve done before and I’ve learnt a lot from the process. I’m part of Throw Away Lines, an inspired project from 26, the organisation that celebrates creative business writing. Andy Hayes is the evil genius behind the venture. He’s […]
I’m reading again at the lovely Komedia theatre in Brighton on October 2, part of Story Studio‘s Feast and Fetish evening. My story comes under the “feast” half of the theme, in case you were wondering. I had a brilliant time reading at Komedia earlier in the year. Hope this one goes as well.
Here’s another piece of good news I want to mention. I’ve finally had a story accepted by Metazen, the international literary magazine based in Canada. I say finally because they’ve rejected two of my stories so far this year. This is a case of third time lucky. Having a story turned down is never pleasant, […]
Well, I have now taken part in my first ever competitive story reading event, part of the Electric Lantern Festival. The exciting news, for me, is that I came second. I’m rather happy about that. It was an odd experience. I arrived at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, was allocated a number and told where […]
It’s good to step outside of one’s comfort zone occasionally, and I will be a very great distance away from mine next week. I’m “performing” a short story at the Herne Bay Festival. That is not the scary bit. I have done a few readings before and enjoyed the experience. But in the past I […]