Sunday, 12 June 2011

ShortStoryVille.. on air

I enjoyed talking short stories on BBC Bristol's Sunday Show this morning, with Joe Melia, judge and organiser of the Bristol Short Story Prize, and the brains behind ShortStoryVille, an exciting event being held at Bristol's Arnolfini Arts Centre on Saturday 16 July. If you'd to hear Joe and me talking about what's so great about short stories, you can listen again here. We come in around 45 mins into the show, just after the travel news. It was a wet walk to the BBC's studio, but worth it to chat about Hemingway, and breaking the rules of short story writing, and flash fiction too.

I pledged to read from my new short story, Udambara in Barrow-in-Furness, at the July event. I can't begin to cover the ways in which it's wonderful to live in a city where short stories are celebrated in so many different and cool ways.

In other news, my tweeting of a daft remark by an actor on Radio 4's Loose Ends 'went viral' as they say, with many people pitching in to agree what tosh it was to say "Women don't read crime fiction". I'll be blogging about this at more length soon. Suffice to say, according to my bookshelves, I am a man.