Last night, there was an excellent and most wine-fuelled literary shindig: the Kilburn Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition reading and public vote.
What a night. So many wonderful and entertaining stories, lots of talented writers in one room. I am very proud that I got to be one of them and, not only that, but also to have won the 3rd Prize for my entry, Until Then, Sister. Thank you so much to Toni Green read my flash fiction piece out so beautifully and congratulations to fellow-wordsmith Jade Summer on 1st Prize!
Don’t forget the Kilburn Literary Festival is still on for a few more days, so if you’re a lit bunny, do go and check out their upcoming events.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the inaugural Kilburn Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition!
My entry, Until Then, Sister, has been selected as one of twelve finalists, each one coming to no more than five hundred words. There will be an event on 30th October for anyone who wants to come and hear the stories, which will be read out by professional actors. What’s more, the audience then gets to vote on the winner. That’s right – gulp! – it is that most feared of all things: a public vote!
So come along, hear some stories, vote some votes, and have a gosh-darn literary evening.
For more information, visit the Kilburn Literary Festival website right here.
Yesterday saw a landmark event for any author: my first public reading. I read out the first few pages of The Yellow Moth, which was recently published on the cover of OpenPen Magazine, Issue 11.
Almost everything about the event went wrong: my mother was late, her partner went for a wander and got lost, the roof fell in on the venue an hour before the shindig began, nobody could get through to anyone else about it. But, by a mix of serendipity and enthusiasm, we all managed to find seats in the trendy cellar of a really cute pancake house. My mother’s partner resurfaced, a spot was found to park the car, people figured out where we were and I discovered the best gluten-free pancakes in North-East London!
Very exciting news, everybody: for the first time ever, one of my short stories is going to be published in a proper, grown-up literary journal! Even better, it’s been selected as the Cover Story!
The Yellow Moth, which is about a small girl having her first existential crisis, will be published in Open Pen Magazine, Issue 11, and will be available in all the best kind of independent bookshops in print. There will be an event to celebrate the Issue 11 launch and words in general on April 10th from 7pm, where I will be doing a reading with great amounts of nervousness.
A small sneak-peek of The Yellow Moth is available here on the Open Pen website, but if you want more, I’ve posted a few paragraphs below as well.