October as most of you know is the season of literature festivals and this year is no exception, even if most of them are a bit different. Sometimes that’s an advantage: I’ve looked in on a couple of live-streamed events from Cheltenham which I most probably wouldn’t have attended in normal circumstances. Staying in is … Continue reading Literature festivals – now available anywhere and everywhere.
I’ve probably said before somewhere that I find short story and flash fiction collections a difficult reading proposition, the exceptions being, as I am finding more and more, when the collection has a strong linking theme or overarching narrative. Recently two of these have come my way. And the colours match! What better reason to … Continue reading Two new fiction collections
Last year when I noticed a new competition from Bath Flash Fiction called Novella in Flash (2019 entry here), I thought straight away of my St Andrews 2016 collection ‘In Sunshine and in Shadow’ which with some stringent editing could have qualified. But in the end I was too busy expanding this into the novel … Continue reading Novella in Flash – Three Men (and one writer) on the Edge
Only yesterday I spotted a suspiciously unsolicited email from someone introducing himself as a ‘fellow writer and a Bacon’. Call me stupid, but I always feel a kind of connection to a namesake of any kind, and so (call me stupider) I threw caution to the winds and opened it. Straight away I liked that he didn’t … Continue reading Meet Mark S. Bacon, my unexpected guest
I can see that having another blog to look after is going to make it harder to keep up appearances here, so just in case anyone is missing me, I’m posting my first week of responses to January’s smallstone challenge. These have appeared mostly on Twitter, and I thought it would be good to keep a more … Continue reading Small stones in a river