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Events: I've got loads of story events coming up, in Bath, in Bristol and even in South Stoke! Check out dates and places here.
Workshops: I have scheduled my creative writing workshops for the Spring. You can see what I've got planned here. Do book if you'd like to flex your writing muscles. I've been invited to run some workshops at Clifton Library in Bristol. Have a look at what I'm going to do here, and do come along and join me!
I'm delighted that the lovely Fairlight Books are publishing my story The Winter Egg on their website at Easter. The story is about the female designer of one of Faberge's Imperial Easter eggs, and was inspired by my recent trip to St Petersburg. Fairlight Books published my story Touching The Sun on their short story portal in the summer, and they have selected it to be included in their anthology 'Best of Fairlight Shorts' which will be published next year.
In very exciting news, I have been shortlisted by Greedy Ear to develop a theatre-in-the-dark sound play. More on this soon. Also, The Goats Theatre Company will be recording my play Reputation soon, and it will be available to listen to one their podcast.
I seem to be on a bit of a story roll at the moment. I've now had two stories broadcast on Adam Crowther's show on BBC Radio Bristol, in October and December. It's a bit fab to hear my voice coming out of a real radio! He chose A Long Way From Home and then No Animals Were Hurt In The Writing Of This Story: 'Lovely story that had me belly laughing today', said Adam.
I was so pleased that A Long Way From Home won the Frome Short Story Competition, and in a double whammy I got the local writer's prize too! Huge thanks to the organisers and to wonderful judge Tyler Keevil. I was invited to read my winning story on Frome FM. The recording is now available on the Frome Writers' Collective's website or here.
Elsewhere, Storgy Magazine have published The Interview, one of my favs, in their latest magazine (and they said I was a 'gifted story-teller' - little dance of delight!). Blue Nib published A Long Way Home on their website in September. I was also very pleased to win third prize in this year's Yeovil Short Story competition. I was a finalist in the Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Awards, and have a story in their 2019 anthology.
My story Swimming Away was in the July issue of the uber-cool Barren Magazine. My story The Clown was published by Fictive Dream in May, such a chic website hosting some fabulous stories. Someone liked me in Frome this year, because as well as winning (which was lovely) another of my stories My Land, Your Land was longlisted. My story Celestial Dragon was shortlisted by Magic Oxygen, and will be published in their latest anthology. My story stars must be in some kind of alignment!
My short monologue Mouthy was screened at the Egg Theatre in August as part of the Fourteen project, and was recently screened again at the Clifton Lit Fest in Bristol. Many thanks to Engage, Screenology, and especially director Hannah Entwhistle Jones and wonderful actor Suzanne Kendall.
In other news: Little Potatoes went down really well at the Old Red Lion in London in April:
'An extraordinary, heart-warming tale...thought-provoking and well-executed....it will get you laughing one minute and crying the next' [My Entertainment World']
'Heartachingly moving and delightfully comic' [The Spy In The Stalls]
'An emotional two-hander with a relevant political message...refreshingly different' [London Pub Theatres Magazine]
'Well-written, self-contained..a quietly absorbing study' [Everything Theatre]
I'm so proud that after our fantastic runs at the Old Red Lion in 2019 and at the Edinburgh Festival in 2018, Little Potatoes lived on in a new production by Red Dragonfly Productions. It was part of Taking Flight at their pop-up Nomad Festival and toured to the New Forest, Cheltenham and the Buxton Fringe Festival. We are discussing staging it again for a Chinese Theatre festival in the autumn of 2020.
Foraged Fictions, a story promenade event which I created with Kilter Theatre went down at storm at Prior Park. "This is a production of an originality that expands the boundaries of what is considered theatre. One hesitates to use the word 'magical', but this is a unique experience that echoes in the memory for long afterwards." (Theatre Bath*****).
I was very pleased to hear that my story Morg has been downloaded nearly 80,000 times on Bedtime Fm, and gets 800 new listeners a month. It is apparently Darcy (aged 6)'s 'enduring favourite' on the podcast site...!
Readings: I've continued to read my stories at Story Fridays in Burdall's Yard, Bath, the event I run with Kilter Theatre. I'm running some Story Saturday events at Clifton Library in Bristol, where I will be reading alongside other writers, as guests of Foccal. I have read stories in a variety of sites recently, including the atmospheric Tin Church in Brokerswood, as part of the Frome Festival.
If you'd like to get in touch with me send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.