Fiction

Gossamer Bandages

On Friday everything changed. Overnight the world had been bandaged in gossamer threads, as if a greater power had said, “Enough. Only compassion will emerge from this cocoon.” We clambered over silken fibres holding the earth together. Suspended above our heads, like baubles on a tree, were tanks, missiles and the emblems of big business… Read More Gossamer Bandages

Skills

Why would You Write a Journal?

“One’s first diarist,” suggests psychotherapist and essayist Adam Phillips, “is one’s mother who links facts for one, holds the pieces together.” Forget the priest’s confession booth or your mum. There are more places than ever for confessionals today. Social media is a constant flood of inner thoughts memorialised. Still, the art of keeping a diary… Read More Why would You Write a Journal?

Creativity

A Collaboration Unfolds – Taking our Cue from a Surrealist Game

I am very excited to announce that I’ll soon be posting a three part short story on this blog, which has been written in collaboration with fourteen talented writers. The project was inspired by this original short story in The New York Times in October, to which renowned authors – Zadie Smith, Rebecca Curtis, Mohsin… Read More A Collaboration Unfolds – Taking our Cue from a Surrealist Game

Fiction

Life is Good

I wrote the following piece of short fiction today for an online contest. The instructions were to write a story of under 300 words on the theme ‘Life is Good.’ I couldn’t resist writing a macabre tale. You can submit your own entry for free here until mid-January. Hopefully publishing it here doesn’t make me… Read More Life is Good

Contests and Awards

How Relevant are Book Awards and Writing Competitions?

The Booker, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nobel Prize for Literature, Franz Kafka Prize, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Iowa Short Fiction Award, Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award, Goethe Prize, Wole Soyinka Prize, Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, Nebula Award, Guardian First Book Award, Costa Book Awards… How much attention do those outside literary circles pay to book awards?… Read More How Relevant are Book Awards and Writing Competitions?

Fiction

Friday Flash Fiction

#FRIDAYPHRASES #FridayPhrases were initiated by @amicgood.  The idea is to tweet a story or poem within 140 characters, follow the hashtag and retweet the ones you like.  Life gets busy for all of us. What I love about #FP is that is makes me feel creative and productive even if I don’t have too much time. Hope… Read More Friday Flash Fiction

Fiction

Friday Flash Fiction

#FridayPhrases Where were you for this week’s #FP? #FridayPhrases were initiated by @amicgood a few weeks ago.  The idea is to tweet a story or poem within 140 characters, follow the hashtag and retweet the ones you like.  It doesn’t take much time, and it’s addictive. Here are mine: She sliced through the water silently, her… Read More Friday Flash Fiction

Fiction

This Week’s #FridayPhrases

As mentioned last week, @amicgood initiated #FridayPhrases/#FP on Twitter. Here is a link to her proposal. Here are my #FridayPhrases from this week: I passed the homeless girl’s doorway today. I used to avoid her eyes. Now she’s not there I miss her. #FP Autumn leaves were falling.  She couldn’t give up the comfort of her ballet… Read More This Week’s #FridayPhrases