I’m way behind with my news on here, so I thought I’d post a quickish update about the lovely things that have happened for me both as a writer and as an artist since the beginning of the year.

In the future I hope to blog more regularly than every six months! Along with posting  news about my writing and my artwork there will be lots more coming up, including Q&As with flash fiction writers and urban sketchers. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to.

Early in the year I achieved some of my long held plans. I completed my a novella-in-flash which was exciting itself, but I was thrilled for it to go on to be Highly Commended in Ellipsis Zine’s inaugral Flash Fiction Collection Competition, judged by Stephanie Hutton, and to see it longlisted in the Bath Flash Fiction Award (a first for me).

I had a triple celebration week in February when I heard about my BFFA novella-in-flash longlisting: my flash, Kindling, was also long listed for the BFFA single flash award, plus I saw my artwork on the cover of Diane Simmons‘s collection Finding A Way. I was delighted to attend Diane’s launch in Bath. It was a wonderful evening with many people from the flash fiction community turning out in support (and eat Diane’s amazing Brownies). Diane read from her collection, along with Tino Prinzi and Jude Higgins who read some of their own work. If you are new to flash fiction, or aren’t already aware, BFFA long listees are offered publication in the annual anthology, so I am delighted to to tell you that my flash will be in this, too (another first for me).

March, April and May have been fruitful with a long listing for a flash at TSSPublishing (judged by Elisabeth Ingram Wallace), an acceptance for my flash in the National Flash Fiction Anthology and also for NFFD’s Flash Flood. National Flash Fiction Day is on Sat 15th June when there is a day of celebrating all things flash online and at The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery in Coventry. This is the first year NFFD are in Coventry and it promises to be an amazing day. Check out their website for all the events: National Flash Fiction Day. I’ll be there with both my writer and  artist-in-residence hat on. I’ll also be reading my flash The Algebra of Bones from the anthology. It would be great to see you there!

I’m now focussed on my plans for the next six months: sending out my novella-in-flash to publishers, working on a flash fiction collection and another novella-in-flash. I’ll continue to sketch whenever and wherever possible, of course!

I’ll keep you posted!

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