You know when you see a prompt and think 'I have GOT to write something for this'? Well, I came across a link on Twitter to a Writing Places flash competition on the subject of Thomas Hardy and his pets. OK, maybe not everyone would have that reaction...but I've loved Hardy's work, novels, poems, stories, the lot, … Continue reading ‘Unflinching’: a tale of one man and his dog
I've got into the very pleasant habit of writing a story for Faber Academy's QuickFic competition on most Fridays (except for the time when they moved it to Thursday without warning; I was discombobulated). When I saw this week's prompt, just after 10am, a story popped into my head - but I had minimal time … Continue reading A QuickFic story: 10 Rules for the Full Enjoyment of Stately Homes
Today I heard that I've won the Audience Choice Award for 'The Real Tooth Truth', my semi-final story in the Lacomic Cup! I'm mega-chuffed, all the more so because the prize is a hamper of books from Kenny's Bookshop in Galway! Now what was I saying the other day about not adding any more books … Continue reading Audience Choice Award: ‘The Real Tooth Truth’
Yes, it is me. Yes, I am absolutely chuffed to bits. First time I've won a writing thing! And yes, of course you can read the story (and the very fine runner-up one by @MrMoth): just click here: http://www.faberacademy.co.uk/news/2015/05/quickfic-150515-winner/ The story is called 'Boys and Girls of Summer', it's a very quick fic indeed at … Continue reading Faber Academy QuickFic 15/5/15: the winner!
So, guess who was at an awards ceremony last night?! To be precise, I was at the University of Chester awards evening for the High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature. In my head, I was doing my best to think of it as a talk by Brian Cosgrove (you know, Cosgrove Hall, Chorlton and The … Continue reading Cheshire Prize for Literature 2014