Interview – Lecturer, Editor, Critic, SALT and Granta Author, Jonathan Taylor

  Jonathan Taylor is an author, lecturer, editor and critic. His books include the novels Melissa (Salt, 2015), and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007), and the short story collection Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman, 2013 and 2014). He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He lives in Loughborough with his wife, … Continue reading Interview – Lecturer, Editor, Critic, SALT and Granta Author, Jonathan Taylor

An Interview with Vanessa Gebbie, Editor of Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story

Written by 24 prizewinning writers and teachers of writing, Short Circuit is intensely practical. Each expert discusses necessary craft issues: their own writing processes, sharing tried and tested writing exercises and lists of published work they find inspirational. Endorsed by The National Association of Writers in Education, it became recommended or required reading for Creative … Continue reading An Interview with Vanessa Gebbie, Editor of Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story

Interview with Author and 1000words Editor, Natalie Bowers

I met Natalie when my short fiction piece, North Norfolk Coast, was published online in 1000words at the beginning of July. 1000words publishes flash-fiction of up to 1000 words in length, written in response to an image. I have been impressed with the site and the quality of the work for a while. Natalie's response to my … Continue reading Interview with Author and 1000words Editor, Natalie Bowers

Don’t Be Afraid to Throw Away What Doesn’t Work

I have a pair of shoes that are so comfortable I hardly feel I'm wearing them. But they are falling apart, to the point that they really need to be thrown out. This morning a new pair arrived at the door. I ordered online to save time shopping, and to spend more time this week … Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Throw Away What Doesn’t Work