books · Bridport Prize · fiction · literary fiction · realism · short story · Tessa Hadley

Bad Dreams by Tessa Hadley

This week I read Bad Dreams, Tessa Hadley’s short story collection. I have been reading an awful lot of short stories lately, partly because I went on a literary journal buying spree a while ago and they have been slowly arriving in the post. But I bought Bad Dreams because Tessa Hadley judged The Bridport… Continue reading Bad Dreams by Tessa Hadley

Kazuo Ishiguro · Nobel · The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel

So Kazuo Ishiguro won this years Nobel prize for literature. I don’t usually follow the Nobel prize particularly closely, other than the annual will he/won’t he speculation that Murakami brings, but seeing that Ishiguro had won really made me smile. I’ve only read two of his books, The Remains of the Day and Nocturnes, but… Continue reading Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel

#amwriting · Ambit · Lascaux Review · Publishing · short story · Submissions · Submittable · writing

A Week Where I Spent More Time Submitting Than Writing

I made a lot of new submissions of short stories this week. I had two entered into the same short story contest and neither won, so that freed them up to get sent elsewhere. I know it’s a bad way of doing it but I was so keen on this one prize in particular that… Continue reading A Week Where I Spent More Time Submitting Than Writing

David Lagercrantz · Kafka · reading · Steig Larsson · Terry Pratchett · The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye

The Girl With Another Book on the Shelf

Mostly when I read what I am looking for is challenging, interesting, deep, thoughtful writing that affects and changes me by the act of reading it. But sometimes I am tired and there is only so much examination of the human condition a person can take. Sometimes you need a break, sometimes you need a… Continue reading The Girl With Another Book on the Shelf