A flash fiction of mine called ‘Variations of Normality’, which I submitted to the ‘Young, Human and Creative’ competition, has been published online by City Reads, Brighton and Hove, and will also be available to read *in real life* at Jubilee Library (Brighton) in the Young People’s Area from Saturday 10th October (until I don’t know when).
Unfortunately I didn’t win, but it is wonderful to have my work exhibited for people to read among other brilliant flash fiction, poetry, photography, and graphic novel excerpts, all by people between 16 and 25.
‘Variations of Normality’ is, admittedly, a very loose interpretation of the theme, which was what it means to be human. My flash fiction is about my experience during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and is focused on the idea of normality and what is considered as “normal” is different for different people: for me, this situation was an extreme situation, as it was for most people there, but something like an earthquake isn’t as unfamiliar to others who live in different parts of the world. My interpretation was that to be human is to experience different things: none two humans experience life in the same way, or have the same thoughts, feelings, or outlooks.
If you’d like to read my flash fiction but can’t make it down to the exhibition you can do so by following this link here. I hope you enjoy reading it, the other entries, and the winners.