- Jo Mazelis has written two great collections, Circle Games and Diving Girls, the latter of which was shortlisted for the Best First Book Award in the Eurasia Commonwealth Writers Prize and for Welsh Book of the Year 2003. You can read her list of the top 10 short story collections on the Academi site.
- Margiad Evans The Old and The Young
- Anna Wigley Footprints
- Maria Donovan Pumping Up Napolean
- Imogen Herrad The Woman who Loved an Octopus and Other Saint’s Tales
- Gee Williams Blood Etc - shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2009.
- Rachel Trezise Fresh Apples which won the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006.
- Deborah Kay Davies Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful which won Wales Book of the Year 2009.
Friday, 26 November 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Happy National Short Story Week
The short story is having something of a resurgence of late. I am not complaining,having written a book of them, and I am sure Tyler isn’t either, as Parthian are publishing his short story collection sometime in the future. Anyway, as such there are all sorts of fab celebrations of the short story form going on this month and next.
This week is National Short Story Week. There are events across the country, and short stories to read for free on the website including my story Aquatic Life. I’ve also taken part in the short story challenge and contribute 150 words or so to the collaborative short story Consequences. I will be guest editing the site for a month in 2011.
I am going to be writing a Mslexia blog on why I love short form and my fave short story writers soon, possibly this afternoon. Sophie has written a very informative one about events and resources for short story readers and writers too.
In other news it is Short Story Day on the shortest day of the year. I am reading with Rachel Trezise and friends at the Cardiff event on 21 December 2010. Come along.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
The end of the BYT launch tour. Sob, sob.
Having Wil as a fellow BYT must have rubbed off, look at Tyler and I doing our catalogue model pose above. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Yes, Saturday saw the end of the BYT tour SOB SOB. We were appearing as part of BayLit Shock of the New festival because we are shocking and we are new. Only 50% of the BYTs were on stage but it was still an ace event. The busy Havannah Bar audience were treated to a double helping of readings from both Tyler and myself, a BYT quiz, and a kazillion chances to win prizes. We missed Wil and James though, and both read little bits of their book to the audience to make up for their absence.
A couple of pals who have been to more than one of the BYT events said they still weren’t bored as each one had been so different, and they’d noticed our confidence growing along the way so that the last event was the most insightful. Awwwwwwwww, bless their cotton socks. It was a different kind of event, I even read from the novella ‘Arrivals’ which is rare… but then I’ve had SOME NEWS about the novella. It is going to be released as a Kindle Single in the very near future. I’ll announce in the blog when you can actually get your hands on it. Exciting!
In other news, I’m writing a novel, like, actually writing it. Tyler is teaching and working on his short story collection for Parthian. The two of us are both open to offers from agents. James is extending his Harper Collins books by many thousand words at their request. Wil is dressing up as a bunny.