Creative Writing

Very short crime stories: #writerinschool

I brought in some crime flash fiction to St Gregory's School where I work one day a week as writer in residence and the students loved reading, talking about, and writing their own very short crime stories.  These were Year 8 and Year 9 students, aged 12 - 14, with a variety of different literacy… Continue reading Very short crime stories: #writerinschool

Flash Fiction, The Bridport Prize

On Being Shortlisted for The Bridport Prize (Flash Fiction)

There was a delicious flurry of excitement on Twitter yesterday afternoon when several people tweeted about being shortlisted for The Bridport Prize.  The actual winners won't be announced until October 14th but those shortlisted have been notified.  None of these people are winners (although they certainly aren't losers!) and won't be published in the Winners'… Continue reading On Being Shortlisted for The Bridport Prize (Flash Fiction)

Flash Fiction, Poetry

Poem or Flash Fiction? You decide!

I'm pleased to have another small story, 'Snowdrops', on Paragraph Planet today.  Paragraph Planet publishes a daily story; no line breaks are allowed, all writing is presented in one small paragraph and must be of exactly 75 words, including the title. However, when I started writing 'Snowdrops, I wasn't sure if it was a line… Continue reading Poem or Flash Fiction? You decide!

Flash Fiction

This time it’s my certificate stuck on the fridge!

Much as I love it, our kitchen will never be featured in the Style supplement of any glossy magazine. Nor will our fridge ever slink down any runway in any fashion shoot. Purely functional, a handy place to store the milk, and a useful display point for shopping lists, reminders, photos and the occasional  postcard.… Continue reading This time it’s my certificate stuck on the fridge!

Book Reviews, Flash Fiction

‘Jawbreakers’: Small and scrumptious sips of fiction

In our age of sound-bites, pop-up shops, instant on-line publishing and short attention spans, it is entirely fitting that Calum Kerr has launched a national day to celebrate the art of the short, short-story, National Flash-Fiction Day, taking place on Wednesday, 16th May, 2012. From my first furry-tongued breath on New Year's Day, and daily… Continue reading ‘Jawbreakers’: Small and scrumptious sips of fiction