Brooklyn Morning

It’s six-o-five, still dark, and I am sitting by an open window at the dining table of our New York apartment. The city is waking, cars, which never quite stop moving, are gathering force, a man walks by with a small backpack on. Across the street is a school advertising ‘college access for all’ in […]

One More Sleep

I should be packing – which means finishing the ironing I began yesterday.I should be cleaning the house so our return won’t be too gruesome.I should be going to the Post Office to bank the cheque that arrived this morning, so I have money when I get back.I should be at least thinking about what […]

Tributary

I’m in the throes of preparation for our imminent trip to America. Which means I spend hours frantically making lists; trying on various combinations of my clothing (it’s amazing what you can do with half-a-dozen shirts; three pairs of jeans; two pairs of trainers, and a fishing hat); cleaning random parts of the house; and […]

Story-A-Week #14: Birthday

This week’s story is a true one. I did begin to write a normal, fictitious one, but found myself too absorbed in the new project I’ve taken on. It involves working on-site with a client, helping them with all the tasks that go into putting on an international medical conference. Last week I was getting […]

Story-A-Week #7: On a Dig

I’m a day late with this post for a stew of reasons, the culmination of which being I couldn’t get any purchase on this week’s story until I woke on Monday morning and realised what it was about. Then had to rewrite it. Stephen King is right, I think, writing is akin to excavation. The […]

Story-A-Week #3 What She Doesn’t Like

A couple of weeks ago I overheard a woman telling another woman everything she didn’t like about the menu they were looking at in the window of a café. Some days later I read a few stories in Lydia Davis’s Varieties of Disturbance. Last Monday I had to outline my story for the Story-A-Week Challenge. […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #2

Two awards from Moniack Mhor for those who would like to take these courses but find the cost prohibitive: Two Roads Award This what they say about it (click on the link for more details and to enter): This new award aims to support the development of two talented emerging writers of Fiction and Non-Fiction […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #1

Originally posted on ShortStops:
Word Factory Apprentice Award Application The National Mentoring Scheme For Short Story Writers We are seeking four emerging short story writers to be individually mentored by leading authors for FREE as part of our renowned Word Factory Apprentice Award running from July 2019-March 2020. The chosen writers will be talented, supportive…

Literature Ambassador: Opportunities for Writers

Fancy being a Writer in the Forest? Forestry Commission England is looking for two writers in residence for 2019. This is what they say about it: What do forests mean to you? If you’re a writer with a passion for nature, we want to hear from you. From observing our expert foresters and wildlife rangers at work to watching […]

National Numpty

Not last Thursday but the Thursday before, the first day of this month, at some point in the late afternoon I remembered it was National Novel Writing Month. I once tried to write a novel, but gave up on the fourth draft when I realised it was pants. Since then I have focussed my efforts […]