I first discovered Nicholas Royle when I began reading Best of British Short Stories, which he edited, published by SALT. I began with Best of British Short Stories 2011, and was hooked. I have a deep love of second-hand bookshops, and when I wrote a recent blog post on how people arrange their bookshelves, and … Continue reading Author Interview with Nicholas Royle
FC Malby A friend told me yesterday that their books are all arranged in alphabetical order. I smiled and said that mine are roughly arranged by type. I have a section for psychology, travel, theology, biographies and autobiographies (which are mostly political, but I also have one on Miles Davis), crime thrillers, short stories, poetry, … Continue reading How Do You Organise Your Bookshelves?
"Ready for war but not yet called up, fuelled on coffee and vodka with a lick of cynicism and delayed hope." My poem, I Want to Wear a Dress with Lemons All Over It, has been published in Sledgehammer Lit Mag. It was inspired by a photograph of a dress that Jill Biden wore, along with an ensuing conversation on Twitter about said dress. As a writer, I questioned why it had caused such a stir, especially because I'm not keen on the media focus on what women wear, so I played with the idea that it was the boldness of the colour and the print...
Today is the National Flash Fiction Day 10th Anniversary and I have a flash fiction piece published in their Flash Flood Journal which was chosen from 2,000 entries! I am eight years old and this is the year I learn to float. It is the year I learn to speak Spanish, although I firmly believe … Continue reading This is the Year I Learn to Float
My story has been longlisted in the Reflex Press Quarterly International Flash Fiction Awards 2021. You fold yourself into tiny spaces, words come at you like rain. You tuck in your arms and feet – soles digging into your calves – so that the words don’t slice your limbs. You hide your competition win in … Continue reading You Fold Yourself into Tiny Spaces