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Creative Writing MA

05, Jul 2016

So it’s been a very long time since I posted anything here – long enough for me to have forgotten how to actually log in!

So what’s been happening since then?

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Friday was the launch of the Fugue II anthology, from Siren Press. The editor, Lucy, organised a fantastic evening of reading, wine, nibbles and – of course – books, at Enitharmon Editions in London.

Fugue I had some wonderful reviews from, amongst others, Sabotage Reviews. Reading the other stories on the tube home, Fugue II seems a worthy successor. The stories include a macabre and beautiful Northern-set tale of an abbatoir, a zombie outbreak, Edvard Munch, a lesson plan gone wrong and a dream house that is far from what it seems. As well as me, the other authors are Catherine McNamara, Sally Oliver, Clare Fisher, Brandon Robshaw, Darren Lee, L.D. Lapinski and Alyson Hallett. Very pleased to be in their company!

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So this blog has been languishing for far too long, reaching for its smelling salts and swooning at the touch of fresh air. Hopefully this will be just the pick-me-up it needs to start pulling its socks up and being a decent member of society.

So what’s been happening since the last update?

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A very belated update, but a few weeks ago I played in the Midsummer Opera performance of Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West. It was held at St John’s Church in Waterloo, which is an absolutely beautiful venue. The acoustics are great (why do I always want to spell that with two ‘c’s?), and the church...

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Last night I went to the results and launch event of the Willesden Herald Short Story Prize 2014, and a Good Time Was Had By All ™. Some of the stories were performed by the Liars’ League which is a liaison between professional actors and short story writers. They have branches in London, Hong Kong, New York and Leicester, so if you’re globe-trotting then do check them out!

My story Rock Pools was read by the lovely Helen Belbin, who brought a depth of perspective and realism to it that blew me away.

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Some time before starting this blog, Words and Women held the first Words and Women Writing Competition. I’m very pleased to announce that my story “A Time for Rain” was shortlisted in the competition, and included in the forthcoming anthology.

On 8th March, the anthology was launched to celebra...

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The Willesden Herald has just announced the shortlist of stories for its 2014 competition, and I’m very pleased that my story “Rock Pools” has been included on it.

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Hardy and Bad Couples

06, Feb 2014

The recent Guardian article on the worst couples in literature got me thinking. How many of the cited couples are actually bad together, and how many are just unpleasant characters?

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