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...

Competition listing and other news

A very Happy Easter to you all! One of my stories has been longlisted in the Reflex Press Quarterly international flash competition, Spring 2021. “We received 720 entries from 39 different countries. We’ve compiled a longlist of fifty stories. Congratulations to everyone who made the longlist!” Reflex Press. They have also asked me to be … Continue reading Competition listing and other news

Author Interview with Taylor Byas

Taylor is a black, fun-sized Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in English and a Master's in English, Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She is now a second year Creative Writing PhD student and Yates scholar at the University of Cincinnati. Her work appears, or … Continue reading Author Interview with Taylor Byas

Which Books Would You Take With You if the House Burnt Down?

A dramatic title, isn't it? Inspired by a wonderful post I came across this morning from Maria Popova's Brainpickings blog, entitled The Burning House: What People Would Take if the House Was on Fire, it wasn't so much the eye-catching title which caught my attention so much as the photographs: images of people's treasured possessions, … Continue reading Which Books Would You Take With You if the House Burnt Down?

Author Interview with Matt Haig

From your experience of journalism, as well as novel writing, has one fed in to the other in any way? Journalism teaches you to be economical with words. It tells you not to be too self-indulgent. What do you most like to read and are there any books you have read recently that have stood … Continue reading Author Interview with Matt Haig