Flash of encouragement

Every year I resolve to submit more writing to try to get my work ‘out there’ and while I often fall short of my targets, I’m encouraged that my latest submission to the Retreat West Flash Fiction competition for March has made it to the shortlist. Calum Kerr, writer and Director of National Flash-Fiction Day will make the final judging decision; I’ll post when the result is in. You can see the full shortlist here.

Whatever the outcome, it’s given me a boost to enter next month’s competition, which will be judged by Nicholas Royle, author, senior creative writing tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University and editor for Salt Publishing.


Flight of fancy

I recently read Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. I loved it. In the book the protagonists – one a writer – take a year’s sabbatical in Florence. At that point I was transported on a flight of fancy to a world of typewriters on balconies, martinis before dinner and the like. It was one of those moments when I was entirely immersed in the characters’ world, and when I came up for air I wanted a piece of it. It made me think how amazing it is when a book does that: takes you somewhere else and makes you want to experience that experience.

Anyway, a trip to Florence is on my list …

… which looks likely this summer, but I won’t go on about that now.