That Awkward Question: Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas?

Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak Yesterday I watched a really interesting set of readings from the…

That Awkward Question: Where Do Writers Find Their Ideas?

Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak Yesterday I watched a really interesting set of readings from the…

An Interview with Vanessa Gebbie, Editor of Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story

An Interview with Vanessa Gebbie, Editor of Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story

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Written by 24 prizewinning writers and teachers of writing, Short Circuitis intensely practical. Each expert discusses necessary craft issues: their own writing processes, sharing tried and tested writing exercises and lists of published work they find inspirational. Endorsed by The National Association of Writers in Education, it became recommended or required reading for Creative Writing…

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Review: The Children Act, Ian McEwan

Review: The Children Act, Ian McEwan

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Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for…

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35 Beautiful and Insightful Quotes about Short Stories

35 Beautiful and Insightful Quotes about Short Stories

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How to Mix Voices Like Annie Proulx

“In a rough way the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is to a house carpenter.” – Annie Proulx

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“A good short story crosses the borders of our nations and our prejudices and our beliefs. A good short story asks a question that can’t be answered in simple terms. And even if we come up with some understanding, years later, while glancing out of a window, the story…

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Publication in Spontaneity Magazine

Publication in Spontaneity Magazine

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One of my short stories has just been published in Spontaneity Magazine.

A Question in a Gallery by F.C. Malby

‘Mind the gap, please.’ The voice sounds cool, void of emotion.

I push through the doors, the signs for St Paul’s Station lining the walls as though I might miss my stop. I have managed to avoid the rush hour, having taken the day off work. The air is thick with anticipation, or maybe…

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A Review: He Wants, Alison Moore

Retired teacher Lewis Sullivan always imagined living by the sea. He lives instead in the Midlands village in which he was born.

A Review: He Wants, Alison Moore

Retired teacher Lewis Sullivan always imagined living by the sea. He lives instead in the Midlands village in which he was born.

Transatlantic Anthology: The very best of Litro fiction.

Transatlantic Anthology: The very best of Litro fiction.

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I’m thrilled to be able to share the news that one of my short fiction pieces has been published in the US in the Litro Anthology, Transatlantic. I am in the company of some wonderful authors and will be excited to read this in its entirety. The collection will be published in the UK next spring.

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Transatlantic: The Litro Anthologycollects some of the best writing to have passed…

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Bird: A Short Story

One of my short stories is free to download on kindle for a few days.  You can download it from Amazon in all available countries.

Bird: A Short Story

One of my short stories is free to download on kindle for a few days.  You can download it from Amazon in all available countries.

Scenes Along The Danube And The Importance Of Writing Breaks

Scenes Along The Danube And The Importance Of Writing Breaks

Last week I took a week off from writing. It may not sound like much, but the weeks where I don’t write at all are really rare. This is partly because I am pushing myself to finish book two and partly because of the sheer love of writing. I’ve had the odd week here and there but this time I completely switched off. We walked, explored and swam, visiting the Natural History Museum in Vienna, a…

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Short Story News

This is a short post to say that my flash fiction piece, My brother was a kangaroo, is today’s featured story on

Short Story News

This is a short post to say that my flash fiction piece, My brother was a kangaroo, is today’s featured story on