I’m reading next month at the cosy new Have a Word, in Merlin and Ellis, Manchester Street, Brighton. I’m not actually a poet at all (unless you catch me drunk enough to admit to such a thing ;-)) but I do tell stories – flash fiction and short stories and occasionally outright lies. (That last thing was a lie, I don’t actually tell lies. Agh, now what will you believe?)
April is also seeing the launch of the fabulous new Rattletales Anthology.
This will have lots of short story treats in it, including all stories shortlisted for the Brighton Prize 2014. My story ‘Not Coming in Again’ will be there as I was lucky enough to be a runner up. The Anthology will be available from Rattletales http://www.rattletales.org/
Now is the moment to get your stories in to the Rattletales folk in advance of their Brighton Festival Fringe show on May 21st. Deadlines for submissions is 6th April. I’ve read at Rattletales a couple of times now and it’s been great fun. Conversation between the author and the audience makes the whole thing so much more friendly.
Finally, for now, pre-order your copy of Bare Fiction Issue 5!
This issue, published March 30th, will include my story ‘Trout Quintet’. It’s an excellent magazine with poetry, fiction, theatre, reviews and comment and I’d really recommend subscribing.
Spring is springing here in Brighton and I’m feeling lucky to live in a town with so many inspiring people. May is Brighton Festival month and this year’s director is Ali Smith. I adore Ali Smith’s writing and she has put together the programme of my dreams – Jackie Kay, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood and more. So, here’s to crocuses and the nesting Jackdaws and a busy few months ahead.