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Author Interview with Nicholas Royle

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

How Do You Organise Your Bookshelves?

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?

I Want to Wear a Dress with Lemons All Over It by F.C. Malby – Sledgehammer Lit Mag

"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...

This is the Year I Learn to Float

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