I’ll be joining Ambit for a reading at this year’s The London Short Story Festival. The journal’s editors will be hosting a Q&A concerning short fiction and publishing at the Writers’ Space in Waterstones Piccadilly, organised by London’s writer development organisation ‘Spread the Word’.

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I’ll be popping up on/burrowing down to the Lower Ground Floor at 11am on Saturday 20th. The whole festival’s busy 18-21st June programme – featuring Toby Litt!, Cynan Jones! and Diriye Osman! amongst others – looks fantastic.


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Edit: Thanks to all who attended for their insightful questions and encouragement, to the Spread the Word team and to fellow panellists pictured above: Kate Pemberton, Briony Bax, Gary Budden and Kit Caless. I’m the tufty one.

Jungftak

14/04/2015

Following an overlong incubation period, this month I was pleased to finally launch a new online prose-poetry journal Jungftak.
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It features the work of writers Annabel Banks, Prue Chamberlain, Holly Corfield Carr, Sarah Day, Anna Kirk, Sophie Mayer, Elodie Olson-Coons, Nisha Ramayya, Declan Ryan, Robert Selby, alexander speaker, Preti Taneja and JR Thorp, as well as illustrator Catherine Williams. Thanks to all of their patience and hard work, and to Nick at Annexe Press for hosting a reading of some of the entries during Interrobang festival last year.

Submissions are now open, so please do get in contact and spread the work @jungftak

I’m very pleased to have been shortlisted for this year’s Short Story Prize, run annually by The White Review.

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‘Movement in Squares’, Bridget Riley (1961)

My story ‘Smote, or When I Find I Cannot Kiss You in Front of a Print by Bridget Riley’ is available to read online on the journal’s site alongside the other wonderful shortlisted entries by David Isaacs (also shortlisted in 2014!), Owen Booth, Paul McQuade, Luke Melia, Nick Mulgrew, Chris Newlove Horton and Joanna Quinn. I am thrilled to pop up among such great work.

The winner will be announced by the judges Lucy Luck, Hannah Westland and Ned Beauman at 7.30pm April 30th at the Phoenix Artists’ Club. Let’s have a drink.

 

Edit: Winner the wonderful Owen Booth! Read his story ‘I Told You I’d Buy You Anything You Wanted So You Asked For a Submarine Fleet’ here, or buy in the upcoming issue 13 of The White Review.

On 14th May I’ll be joining some readers of and contributors to Belleville Park Pages for the journal’s Spring live event. Set up in Paris  2013, the brilliant Pages have published 270 writers from 26 different countries and bring out a new edition every two weeks: lovely objects they are too.

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Doors open at 7pm at the Hatch in Homerton, with drinks later in the evening at neighbouring The Gun.

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Freshly-minted and freshly-funded, Argument is a collaborative poetry anthology edited by undergraduate members of Royal Holloway’s English department, established with a view to publishing ‘a collection of works that represents the innovative and dynamic poetry that is being continually created by the staff, students and alumni’ of the university. Its full manifesto can be seen at its dedicated tumblr here.

 

Argument

poster by Anna Darnena

I’ll be attending the anthology’s launch night on campus’ Crosslands venue; copies of the book, pubished by Oxunibooks, will be on sale for a charitable donation with all proceeds going to REWRITE, an organisation set up to combat prejudice and injustice by bringing young people from different backgrounds together through the power of drama and creative writing. Do come along and support this new venture, and hear some new great voices working in poetry and prose.