It was incredible, really, the way he lost everything – that the plane which carried Fin’s mother and father should fall with such precision onto the car that contained his wife and child. Fin could not believe it at first, when the policeman came for him at work.
Each year the UEA publishes a series of anthologies featuring the work of students graduating from the various Creative Writing MA programmes. My work appears in the 2014 edition of the prose anthology, details of which can be found here. It features the work of all thirty-one students on the course, as well as a foreword by Anjali Joseph and an introduction by Henry Sutton and Jean McNeil.
“Friends” is a story about a man who suffers an unfortunate series of accidents. It was written during my first year at the UEA, and as such seemed an appropriate contribution. The anthologies were launched on October 14th 2014, with a reading at the Drama Studio on the University of East Anglia campus.
I’m currently still a student at the UEA, now on the Creative Writing PhD programme.
God, I wish I could take her skin,
slit it at the back, like a zipper,
unravel the shrink-wrap flesh from muscle,
Two of my poems “Kitten In A Blender” and “As I Watch The Tour Guide Talking” appear in the latest anthology in the Black & BLUE series. The theme of this instalment was “revolution” and it was released – appropriately enough – on bonfire night. You can read more about the project and purchase a copy on Black & BLUE’s website. The issue itself is rather lovely, and features some excellent photography and typographically-innovative poetry.
Black & BLUE are a literary organisation based in Manchester. As well as producing a series of themed anthologies they also put together pamphlets and organise exhibitions and events featuring textual art and poetry. Their work is well worth a look.
Issue 38 of Neon has arrived, packed with whales, recurring nightmares, kittens, desert islands, floods and plagues, flings and wounds and a series of lesser-known wars. In this issue you’ll find the work of Steve Subrizi, Peter Branson, Ian Mullins, Holly Day, Claire Joanne Huxham, Jonathan Greenhause, Mark Vanner, Alina Rios, Sam Preminger, and Huang Kaishan. The cover image is by Diána Farkas Fruzsina. As well as the usual selection of fiction and poetry, there is also an extract from Karen Heuler’s recent novel Glorious Plague.
You can pick up a copy of the magazine in its new perfect-bound, seventy-page format for just £4 plus postage from the site, or subscribe for a year for £12 plus postage. This issue also comes with a free copy of Battery Pack – a micro-anthology which features ultra-short stories by David Hartley, Henry Northmore, Sarah Butler, Tamasine Reilley, Jenny Mackenzie, and Tracy Fells.
My short story “Men Of The Waste” was recently shortlisted for the 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize. Although I didn’t win, the story now appears in the competition anthology, which you can read more about on the Bristol Short Story Prize website. The winner of the prize was Paul McMichael, for his story “The House On St John’s Avenue”. In total there are twenty stories in the anthology, which is available both in print and as an eBook. The 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is now open for entries.
There are cars and there are children. They play together in the road. The children climb on the shiny bodies of the cars, leap from roof to roof, tap at windows with the backs of their heads, nuzzle bumpers, crawl beneath wheels to hide.
My very short prose piece “Cars And Children” appears in the anthology 23 Small Good Things, which was published by a student on the MA Prose course at the University of East Anglia, where I’m currently studying. The book collects the flash fiction of twenty prose writers and three poets. There was a limited print run, but the PDF version is freely available online. You can read more about the project and download it at www.newwriting.net.
Stanley smells the way condoms do, sweet and greasy. With his big can-of-meat hand crushing me up against the wall, that smell is all I can think of. I feel like it’s getting on me, soaking little by little into my pores, making me stink the same as he does. What if Sis can smell it on me when I go home?
My short story “Tricks” appears in Indent, which is the annual literary magazine of Staffordshire University. I graduated from Staffs several years ago after studying for a BA in Creative Writing. Indent may be available in print or online at some point in the future. More information about the project can be found at indentmag.blogspot.co.uk.