Monthly Archives: July 2014

Borrowing from George Borrow

One hundred and sixty years ago today, 27th July, the Victorian gentleman writer, George Borrow, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George Borrow set off with his wife and daughter to travel around Wales. ‘Wild Wales’ the travelogue he wrote about his journey, has a wonderfully … Continue reading

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How To Write Your Nonfiction Book

My neighbour is a fantastic story teller, his timing and pacing is good, he adds vivid detail and builds suspense. Everything you need to write a great short story. For his work, he’s travelled to many different countries – Uganda, … Continue reading

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Learning from prize anthologies and magazines

Today, the postie delivered not only the latest issue of The Stinging Fly http://www.stingingfly.org/– I’ve just subscribed–but also five copies of Fish Anthology 2014. .www.fishpublishing.com  I was so excited to see my runner-up flash fiction, ‘The Lottery’, in print that … Continue reading

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Emerging Characters

I sometimes co-run ‘pop-up’ writing events in Hall and Woodhouse Cafe, Bath http://www.hall-woodhousebath.co.uk with my writing friend and co-founder of Writing Events Bath, Alex Wilson http://www.writingeventsbath.co.uk. We run similar sessions in four week blocks at Bath Central Library. Last week … Continue reading

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Colin Barrett and story beginnings

     Colin Barrett  recently won the 2014 Frank O’Connor prize for his collection ‘Young Skins’,  first published by Stinging Fly in Ireland 2013 and by Jonathan Cape 2014 in the UK. These memorable stories show life in small town … Continue reading

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