Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Back and Beyond, ShortStoryVille, No Short Cuts

Maybe it's the season, or the determination of creative cheer-leaders, but there are so many wonderful opportunities right now to celebrate writing, and especially short stories. I was lucky enough to be part of ShortStoryVille here in Bristol, which was terrific fun with panel sessions and readings, culminating in the prize giving ceremony. Huge congratulations to Emily Bullock on winning first prize with her story, My Girl. A great write-up of the day can be found over at Vanessa Gebbie's blog.

Meanwhile, anyone who hasn't already signed the petition to save short stories on Radio 4 can do so via the link here. And follow the success of the campaign over on Twitter, where it's spearheaded by Susie Maguire aka @wrathofgod. Over 5,000 signatures and rising all the time!

Back and Beyond is a new publication that celebrates and promotes the arts, culture and heritage in Lancaster, Morecambe and beyond. It combines fiction and non-fiction writing with articles, profiles of local artists and details of projects and organisations.

The debut edition has stunning artwork, poetry, graphics, commentary and fiction. I'm delighted to be a part of it, with my tiny flash piece, Albumen. The magazine can be downloaded free of charge as a pdf and is beautiful new evidence of how creativity thrives and flourishes.

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