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My Debut Collection ‘Dots, and other flashes of perception’ to be Published by The Nottingham Review Press in September!

I usually say “I’m thrilled”, but to say I’m thrilled to share this news is a HUGE understatement. I know many of you will already be aware of this news, but I’ve yet to post an update about it! And if you haven’t, well…

My debut flash fiction collection Dots, and other flashes of perception will be published in September 2016 by The Nottingham Review Press in print and electronic format.

I really cannot wait to be able to share these stories with everyone. There’s a mixture of stories that have already been published, but there are many which are unpublished.

The collection is about perceptions and feelings of disconnect; the way we perceive the world doesn’t always match up to reality, and I believe these make interesting, and sometimes delicate, stories.

There will be more information to follow as it is announced. See this link for further details: The Nottingham Review Press.

‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’ Published in Unbroken Journal, and why I write Prose Poetry (sometimes).

Today my first prose poems to be accepted for publication, ‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’, have been published in Unbroken Journal, in their Autumn / Halloween special for 2015.

I enjoy writing and reading flash fiction and prose poetry. What I’m not about to share with you are what I believe to be the difference between the two forms (there are plenty of debates already out there online) but what I will share with you is why I like writing both flash fiction and prose poetry.

You see, I never really liked writing poetry and I (still) don’t know why; perhaps I can’t get my head around the technicalities, or hear where the line breaks should be. I loved immersing myself in the reading of poetry, but I’d never been a lover of writing the stuff until I discovered prose poetry.

Writing prose poetry comes with its own challenges and also, for me, a release that I don’t tend to achieve writing flash fiction. In both writing prose poetry and flash fiction I get to release something. When I write flash fiction, or any other prose for that matter, I’m able to bring to life a story that’s more often than not imaginary, completely fictional, though not always. When I write prose poetry, however, I feel I’m able to tap into a part of me that fiction doesn’t allow; prose poetry allows me explore my emotions yet retain a certain element of ambiguity.

Are my prose poems autobiographical, then? Potentially, in some ways maybe, yes, and no. Inspired by something real is perhaps more accurate; an atom of something experienced and how that made me feel, you could say.

Back to ‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’. I’m very happy that these two poems have been published together. If you read them, which I hope you do, or even from reading this blog post, you may think both poems are very similar. In a way they are; they were inspired by the same thing, but what (I hope) distinguishes them (other than the poems themselves) are the titles. ‘Stuck’ suggests you’re somewhere where you don’t want to be, whereas ‘Caught’ implies capture. Okay, this sounds the same still. I think what I’m trying to say (and not very eloquently I know) is that they come from different perspectives of the same thing; ‘Caught’ being more spellbinding, and ‘Stuck’ being more hopeless, empty.

Anyway, read them for yourself. I haven’t finished reading the full issue yet, but what I have read is incredible. I love this journal, having read previous issues, and am very happy to say that I have two more prose poems, ‘Midnight Sky in Winter’ and ‘Tessellation’, due to be published in their next two upcoming issues.

You can read both poems by following this link here – Unbroken Journal. You’ll notice it’s a double-page spread – yes that does make me feel very special! The photos accompanying my prose poems are beautiful, and really capture an essence of what they’re about. I hope you enjoy them and the other writing featured in this great journal!

‘Hereditary’ Published in Spelk!

Today another of my pieces of flash fiction, ‘Hereditary’, was published in Spelk. It is a great journal that celebrates flash fiction and particularly desires pieces that are both short but sharp.

The flash fiction is about a woman called Mae who unhappily makes bread for her husband every morning, except this morning is different as she attempts to set her plan into motion. I’m not going to say any more than that – hopefully that’s enough to intrigue you!

If you’d like to read it you can do so my following this link here: ‘Hereditary’Spelk.

‘October’ Published in Issue #15 of Vine Leaves Journal – Out Now!

Issue #15 of Vine Leaves Journal is out now and includes my vignette ‘October’. It’s a great publication, available both online and in-print, and I’m looking forward to receiving and reading my contributor’s copy soon.

If you’d like to read it for yourself you can by reading the online edition or, better yet, by purchasing and supporting the publication by buying this issue. You can do either or both by following this link here: Vine Leaves Journal Issue #15.

If you’re a writer reading this, then why not consider submitting to them? They’re open for submissions now.

Upcoming Flash Fiction and Prose Poetry Publications in Fewer Than 500 and Unbroken Journal!

I woke up this morning to very good news!

Firstly, my flash fiction ‘Lens’ has been accepted for publication by Fewer Than 500 and will be published on 30th June. This is my second piece published by this online literary journal – I like how it looks and, most importantly, I like the writing they publish, and love that my flash fiction has been published alongside it. You can check them out by following this link –> Fewer Than 500. I recommend you do check them out, read what they publish, and submit your own flash fiction too!

I’m always delighted any of my writing is accepted for publication, but I am particularly excited about the second email I received today from Unbroken Literary Journal.

When you submit writing to publications, as I’m sure those of you reading this are probably aware, you can submit more than one piece. I read and loved the May/June issue of Unbroken, a journal that is dedicated to prose poetry and this inspired me to submit three poems: ‘Midnight Sky in Winter’‘Caught’, and ‘Stuck’. I was shocked to receive an email from the editor this morning saying that she loved all three of my prose poems and wanted to publish ‘Caught’ and ‘Stuck’ in the September/October issue and ‘Midnight Sky in Winter’ in their November/December issue.

I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know (and still don’t know) which surprised me more: that the editor liked and wants to published all three of my poems, or that I’ve now made my poetry publication debut as I haven’t published poetry before!

You can read issues of Unbroken journal online by following this link –> Unbroken Journal – I encourage you all to read their latest issue which is powerful and poignant.

If you’re not usually a fan of poetry then I recommend you try out prose poetry. I used to never write poetry – I liked reading it but not writing it – but when I discovered prose poetry thanks to Carrie Etter’s Sudden Prose module on the Creative Writing BA at Bath Spa University (the link to the sudden prose blog is HERE and it’s great!) I found a new love and have experimented with this form ever since.

As always, I’ll post links to the Publications page when the writing has been published so you can check them out! And I haven’t forgotten my promise provide a blog post about something that isn’t me talking about upcoming publications – I have some ideas…