The story behind ‘Their Cruel Routines’

There are two mother-son relationships within ‘Their Cruel Routines’, the opening story in Broken Rules and Other Stories: that between the fictional mother and her adult son, and that between my own mother and myself. The latter was the spark or inspiration for the story. A few years ago, I went to stay with my mother at her house in the north of England to help look after her while she was unwell. I would be there for some months, so I set up a work station at the kitchen table, where I was able to write each day. It … Continue reading The story behind ‘Their Cruel Routines’

Final days: Fundación César Egido Serrano VI International Flash Fiction Competition

Es su última oportunidad https://www.fundacioncesaregidoserrano.com/es/ The deadline has finally been announced. We have until midnight Spanish time on Friday December 31 to enter micro-stories for the sixth edition of the international contest of the César Egido Serrano Foundation. Two stories per author, maximum 100 words each, in Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew. Details and participation form here. ‘What are you doing New Year’s Eve?’‘Staying home to write some flash fiction.’‘What a good idea. Safer than going to a party or watching fireworks.’ Continue reading Final days: Fundación César Egido Serrano VI International Flash Fiction Competition

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New Year news

I was thrilled to hear this week that the development of my second collection of fiction, Afterdark, has the backing of the Sustaining Creative Workers program. Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria. The program is being delivered by Regional Arts Victoria and administered by an industry advisory group comprising Creative Victoria, Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Music Victoria, NETS Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Theatre Network Australia and Writers Victoria. Creative Victoria website This is great news to end 2021 and see in 2022. I’ll look forward to sharing more … Continue reading New Year news

Festival reflections

When I first began sending work to publications and competitions, I realised that something strange happens once a story is submitted. Despite all the time spent honing, refining, getting it just right, almost immediately after hitting ‘submit’, issues and ideas previously hidden become apparent, opening up new and exciting ways to think about the story. This may be to do with distance from the submission process, stepping outside the piece and experiencing it objectively. With a few years under my belt, I’ve acquired a toolbox of resources for tricking my mind into believing a story’s been sent before it actually … Continue reading Festival reflections