Thursday 5th July - An evening with C.G. Menon
Come and meet prize-winning short-story writer CG Menon as she celebrates the launch of her debut collection 'Subjunctive Moods'.
I’m a member of The Whole Kahani, a collective of South Asian writers. Earlier last year, we are approached by Dahlia Publishing to put stories forward for an anthology that the press was considering putting out.
We workshopped quite a number of stories, and although not all of them could be included, finally came up with what I think is a pretty good, thematically consistent collection. The overarching theme was “love, longing and friendship” – so a fairly wide range of stories could be considered eligible!
Once the stories had been workshopped, Dahlia Press considered our list, and put together a working copy of the anthology. After a good few iterations, we’re proud to have had the launch of The Whole Kahani’s first anthology: Love Across a Broken Map!
And to continue catching up, way back in March I was very pleased to be included in the third Words and Women anthology. These showcase the work of women writers in the east of England, and are published by Unthank books.
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!
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.
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...