Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bristol in a Flash

National Flash-Fiction Day. It's back. And so are we. Saturday 27th June. Bristol. In a flash.

Yup, that's right, NFFD with all the BristolFlash trimmings — a micro-fiction comp (now closed, but if you've entered, don't give me any clues as I'm judging), an anthology (submissions still open, but hurry), workshops on the day (at the Bristol Central Library) and readings in the evening (at Foyles, Cabot Circus) — is back to make you wonder how you managed the last year without it.


The workshop sessions are free and will be led by NFFD director Calum Kerr and local prize-winning author Ken Elkes, from 13:30 to 16:30 at the Central Library.

Then, from 18:00 to 20:00 and also free, we'll be upstairs at Foyles, enjoying flash fiction readings from the following great line-up (and me):
Judy Darley
Ken Elkes
Zoe Gilbert
Kevlin Henney
Sarah Hilary
Susan Howe
Calum Kerr
Adam Marek
Freya Morris
Grace Palmer
Jonathan Pinnock
Jane Roberts
Diane Simmons
And then we'll go off for a drink or two to discuss the brevity of British summers, attention spans and flash fiction.

This year, the organisation and thought-wrangling for this event has been between me, Sarah Hilary, Freya Morris and Pete Sutton.

See you there? See you there!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Talking Tales

It's all happening on Stokes Croft. A couple of months back I was at Let Me Tell You a Story, Jack, at the Crofters Rights, and a couple of weeks back Stokes Croft Writers kicked off their spoken word event, Talking Tales. It was packed and buzzing, with a great line-up of readers and tales and drinks and conversation.


I was there for the first half, and read "On Taking Measures to Eliminate Fair Play",  but unfortunately had to head off before the second half. The good news is that even if you weren't there for either half, you can listen to a podcast of the event.

The next event is Monday 15th June — if you're a writer, consider submitting something — and my plan is to make this one a game of two halves.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Writing Mapped

Following on neatly from last time, the Writing Maps A3 Review #2 contains my flash, "Things in My Life that Are Blue".


Keeping it short and flashy — although perhaps a little darker — "What I Tell You Three Times Is True" was the runner-up in the Retreat West November 2014 flash fiction competition. It will be published this month in an anthology of winners. For more immediate flashisfaction, my 100-word metafiction, "Drabble on the Line", was published by the Flash Fiction Magazine last week.

At somewhat greater length, "Schrödinger's Pizza" has been republished in the Stroud Short Stories 2011–2015 anthology; I read at the Valentine's Day event in 2012. The launch event for the anthology is tomorrow night, but sadly I can't make it.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Happenings and Happeneds

Meanwhile, in other news, a few things that have happened, that may happen and that are in the process of happening...



Sunday, 15 March 2015

Cardinal Directions

It happened. It's here. From funding to funded, North by Southwest, the North Bristol Writers' anthology, is now published. You can buy it directly from Tangent in paperback, Kindle or ePub formats, or get the Kindle edition from Amazon.


Last Sunday a number of the authors and Claire Hutt, the artist, popped over to Joanne Hall's flat (where the above photo was taken) to sign copies that had been promised to those who helped fund the project, as well as sign personal copies for each other.

There is a launch at the Forbidden Planet in Bristol on Saturday 28th March. Unfortunately I won't be able to make that one, but other events are planned, so statistically I should manage at least one of those!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Fifty Shades Rehaunted

Time to catch up on more (old) news.

At the end of November I went to Worcester for the readings Fifty Flashes of Fiction readings, where I read my story, "The Same Team", and also picked up a copy of the anthology. There were some fine stories and fine readings and, thanks to the brevity of flash, many of them!


Speaking of anthologies, the Haunted anthology, in which my story "Promises You Can Keep" is featured, is now available as an ebook from Amazon. You can also find an author interview with me on the Boo Books site (scroll down).

And to wrap things up (for now): I had a flash fiction published in Litro. In "Hilary Is the Winters of Keith's Discontent" I finally put all those airport codes I tweet to some use.

That's the last hideously overdue blog post for the moment — which means the next post will either be timely or, errm, also hideously overdue. Are you feeling lucky? (Or, if not lucky, at least a little optimistic?)

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

All Good Things

Late last year Kazka Press sadly shuffled off this portal coil once and for all, leaving my story, "Ashes to Ashes, Mañana, Mañana", with a home on ReadWave, a self-publishing platform for stories (fiction and non-fiction), but otherwise unhosted on a site that selects and manages its content.

Except that's no longer true! The story, republished as "Ashes to Ashes", has found a home at The Spec Fiction Hub, which previously republished "Remembrance of Things Past". Following up on both of these, there is a Q&A with me on the site, in which I discuss flash fiction, software development, writing style, spoken word and Bristol.


The image used for the story was drawn by Dave Allen at a Small Stories event last year. I also read at one other Small Stories event last year. Well, that's almost true: there was a recording of some small stories at Ujima Radio in September.


I'm not sure what's to become of these recordings or the artwork, but I learned this week that after a successful, exhilarating and exhausting year, Small Stories has wrapped up and said farewell. It will be missed.

All good things...