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 […]

London Notes #6

I realised last night, as I semi-slept, that if I was going to get any real work done here I’d have to move out of the kitchen. I had settled myself quite happily there because I like kitchens and this one is so gloriously English middle class. It’s cosy and functional, and not even remotely […]

London Notes #1

I’m doing something I despaired of ever being able to do again: sitting in my, albeit temporary, garden (see header image for the view from this table) typing, and smoking a fag. A parakeet squeaks, like a wonky teddy-bear, in a nearby tree. We arrived last night, plunging into the middle of a family preparing […]