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As you might have seen, I've got a couple of workshops coming up. Whoop! I've added a page onto this site with details and I'll update it as and when. In the meantime, there's two to look out for - I already mentioned  one happening in Manchester City Library: that's going ahead on May 14th, from 6-7.30pm and wont cost you a penny! Second is a more local (for me) endeavour: I'm planning to run a similar one-off session at Levenshulme Inspire the same week (or thereabouts) as the library session, also in conjunction with NFFD. That one won't be free, sadly, as venue hire is an issue, but it won't be expensive - £7-ish for an hour and a half, or even less if we get enough people. When we know we've got interest, we'll find a time and date that suits most people and work from there. So if the timing of the city centre workshop doesn't suit, try Levenshulme! After all, we're only eight minutes from Manchester Piccadilly on the train and fifteen minutes from Chorlton on the 168 bus (or free via the Fallowfield Loop, cyclists!). If you're interested, sign up in the next couple of weeks, before Inspire finalize their May listings. Contact me, or Sean at Inspire. Also, if this workshop goes well and we get enough interested writers, I'll think about running a longer course - maybe six or eight weeks in the summer. But, in the meantime, if you're Manchester-based, and you're even a teeny bit interested in very short stories, come along to one of the above events - all ages and abilities are welcome and they'll be fun, informal session. Nothing scary, I promise!



Flash fiction workshop, in association with Chorlton Book Festival.
Chorlton Library / Tuesday 20th November 2012, 6pm-8pm / FREE
Contact Chorlton Library on 0161 227 3700 to book a place.


Flash fiction workshop, in association with National Flash Fiction Day.
Manchester City Library / Monday 14th May 2012, 6pm-7.30pm / FREE
Contact me for more info or click here to sign up.
(SOLD OUT now, but do register your interest in case people drop out!)


Holy famous writers, Batman!

So as a follow-up to this post, I'm massively pleased to announce (if you haven't already heard, that it, as me and Calum are screaming it from the rooftops) that one of our special commissioned authors for the NFFD anthology will be Ali Smith! I know, I'm a bit staggered too. So get submitting and maybe you'll get to be in a book with her. Hurray!

Radio Face '12

I know this is off my usual topics (which are, what, house-moving, bike-theft and a teeny smattering of writing and book talk?), but seeing as I've bored the hell out of everybody I know on Facebook about it, you lot might as well be next in line. I was on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour yesterday! The topic was Gina Ford's new book (kinda makes me feel a bit dirty to even link to it), and the presenter, Jenni Murray, interviewed two people, one a pro-Gina journalist and one (me) an anti-Gina advocate of attachment parenting. Mainly we talked about the post-baby relationship between the man and woman (aside from everything else that irks me about GF and her creed, it's all very hetero-normative - a point I snuck in, but nobody picked up on it, sigh). It wasn't a debate, not really, but screw it, I think I won anyway - right?! Anyway. You can listen here. I feel dead famous now.

Flash fiction call for submissions!

Well, the NFFD snowball just keeps on rolling: along with Arts Council funding, there's now an official anthology! And guess who's editing it? Calum Kerr, of course, the man himself, but also - me! How very, madly cool. And submissions are now open. If you're a UK writer, check out the guidelines for full details, but basically, we want flashes of between 150 and 500 words with one-word titles and a deadline of April 10th. Write! Submit! Hurry up!


Calum Kerr, the dynamo behind National Flash Fiction Day, has had a project going for nearly a year now, wherein he set himself the challenge to write and post a piece of flash fiction each day for that entire year; hence, Flash365. Of course, 2012 turned out to be a leap year. Calum's solution was to throw the extra day open to other writers. So, on Wednesday just gone, February 29th (and my aunt's birthday!), a new story went up on the site every half-hour. You can read my contribution, Extra Time, here.