I’m delighted to see my essay Fictional Worlds published on the Thresholds website. For those who like to read and/or write fiction, you may well be aware of the existence of this fantastic site, which is based at the University of Chichester. It offers a wealth of information on the short form for both readers and writers; as ‘home of the international short story forum’, it really is worth taking some time to browse through.
My essay is a personal recommendation of Rose Tremain’s short story collection, The American Lover. If you do have time to take a look, I hope you enjoy the piece. Either way, I urge you to sample some of Tremain’s fiction – short or novels – she really is a master.
Some little bits of writing news. First, I was delighted to be long listed for the Bath Short Story Award for a tale I’m very fond of.
In the end I didn’t make the shortlist but I feel buoyed by the tentative steps towards validation. Turns out that people might just like some of my stories, which are written at bizarre times, sometimes about bizarre happenings. I will keep going.
I recently submitted an essay to the wonderful Thresholds, and equally wonderful is that fact that they plan to publish that essay in the coming months. I’ll post something here and on Twitter (@WritingRoomLyme) when that happens.
I can’t wait to go to the Curious Arts Festival. Here’s why.
- Watching Billy Bragg
- Laughing at Lucy Porter
- Taking advice from DBC Pierre
- Tasting fine wines
- Hanging out with (or near) the literati
- Taking my daughters to hear Carol Ann Duffy read
- Watching aerial acrobatics and circus skills
- Spending time with friends and family
- Keeping the gin tent in business
It’s been a great first summer season for The Writing Room, and we’ve been delighted with the reaction to our shop; thanks to everyone from Lyme and elsewhere, who have been so positive about what we’re doing.
Meeting new people and chatting about the delights of the written word has made it a very sociable and enlightening few months, and we’re looking forward to more of the same going forward, with new workshops and products to look forward to. Onwards an upwards: have a great September.