Issue 15 of The Junket alights upon the errancy of bees, a consideration of the Etch-a-Sketch and ‘the search for roots’ via shelving all through wonderful essays, prose and poetry by Lucy Barnes, Nathan Dunne, Damian Le Bas, Alex Niven, Joanne O’Leary, Tim Smith-Laing, Kristen Treen, Francesca Wade and Katrina Zaat.

The JunketMy small piece of fiction, ‘Positive Feedback: A Game’, is in there too and develops an idea that was hatched originally for Matt Lomas’ Lange Nacht der Langeweile 2012 event series in Berlin. Yawning, stopped-gobbery and Boppard: many thanks to editors Jon Day and Kristen Treen for the opportunity.

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Prudence Chamberlain and I were thrilled to be asked to judge this year’s Literary Kitchen flash fiction competition, putting our heads together and choosing fifteen writers from the open call for <300word fictions. The shortlist came down to these final few pieces; ricocheting in content from Moby Dick to hypoglycemia, do swing by the Peckham Pelican on Sunday 18th October to hear the winning stories.

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Curated by Andrea Mason and packed with masterclasses, workshops, readings and more – featuring A.L.Kennedy, Kreider+O’Leary and the Death Café in due course – the full schedule for the 12-18th October festival can be viewed on the site, or downloadable as a .pdf.

The Lonely Crowd

07/10/2015

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The new issue of The Lonely Crowd features my short story Bs, and it was a great pleasure to read for the journal’s Cardiff launch with Robert Minhinnick, John Freeman, Jo Mazelis, Mark Blayney, Kate North, Gary Raymond and Chris Cornwell. Many thanks to editor John Lavin for the invitation and opportunity, to the other writers and to our Coffi House hosts. More information – with photographs from fellow Lonely Crowder Jo Mazelis – available here.

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