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I’m thrilled to have a flash included in the latest Flax anthology, ‘Flash Mob.’ And there’s to be a party!
Three Flax Launches in One Day
Saturday 11th June, 3pm
Music Room, The Storey, Lancaster LA1 1TH
This bright afternoon sees the launch of three new Flax publications from Litfest. Why not escape town for an hour or so to enjoy some quality entertainment?
Flash Mob, Flax026 is an electric collection of super short stories that will take you through the past to future, from domestic dramas to surreal visitations, and have you swinging between laughter and wistfulness. Featuring new work from Jane Eagland, Claire Massey, Kevin McCann, Norman Hadley, Carla Scarano D’Antonio, Carys Bray, Clare Kirwan, Mollie Baxter, David Hartley, Benjamin Judge and Steve Waling
We’re also launching A Book Tale, Flax027, an ebook of the wonderful contemporary fairy tale by Claire Massey, with another outing for that fabulous dress…
And throughout it all, Flax028 will be running in an inside out garden shed, a new commission from Maya Chowdhry, with help from a few other Flax026ers … a stop-motion haiku … come along to watch the weird wonderfulness of growth.
As usual there’ll be a warm welcome, drinks and nibbles to keep the energy of the afternoon flowing.
More information here
Really looking forward to this: a night dedicated to the sometimes neglected short story! I’m going to be reading a selection of flash, including The Map, which was recently shortlisted by the Biscuit International Short Story Competition.
WORDSOUP SHORT-STORY NIGHT:
Our regular live lit night Word Soup will be a Short Story Night on
Tuesday 16th November, and we have a fantastic line-up of Short Story
The headline act is short story writer Zoe Lambert, published by Comma
Press, a not-for-profit publishing initiative dedicated to promoting new
fiction and poetry, with an emphasis on the short story.
Joining Zoe for Word Soup’s Short Story Night will be the short-story
talents of Philip Burton, Mollie Baxter, Stephen Jansen, and Catie
The regular Open Mic slot will of course be running – so don’t forget to
bring a 3-minute piece of your own!
Rae Morris (likened to a young Alanis Morissette by Ark Magazine) will
be putting the cherry on the top with a fabulous music set.
Word Soup Short Story Night at The Continental, South Meadow Lane,
Preston on Tuesday 16th November from 8pm, £3.00 on the door for an
evening of priceless entertainment.
‘The Map,’ – one of a collection of flash fiction pieces I wrote over summer 2010 – has been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ by the Biscuit International Flash Fiction Contest. As you can imagine, I am over the moon!
There were 486 entries, and the write-up includes a very pithy definition of what flash fiction can and should do, which I’d like to share because it is so succinct, although I am concerned that it looks like bragging…
‘Flash fiction… comes with no wasted words, has a hook in the opening phrase and several others carefully sewn throughout, it has controlled pacing, makes use of landscape and displays a strong narrative voice and viewpoint. The very same ingredients used in the short story form, but this time miniaturised.’- Brian Lister
‘The Map’ will be published in an anthology early next year. It is a speculation on what has really been happening to the bees: they’ve found a way to cross to a different plane, where the flowers are more abundant and they are carefully communicating across their species, giving directions for how each hive can make their way to a new home. Interestingly, some readers have found my story sinister – the bees don’t fly to safety but to their deaths; other readers feel triumphant on the bees’ behalf and can’t blame them for washing their wings of us and moving elsewhere. I know what I think is the truth…