Some good news from a while ago – two of my short stories, The Ibis Bedroom Tree and More River, were shortlisted for the 2020 Newcastle Short Story Award 2020, and are now published in their annual anthology.
I recorded an excerpt from one of my stories, The Ibis Bedroom Tree, and you can listen to it, along with stories by other shortlisted writers, on their website. Congratulations to the winner, Ursula Robinson-Shaw, for The Bird Swing.
And huge thanks to Laurie Steed whose expert eye on both stories was invaluable in moving them forward. Laurie has a gift for identifying and pointing out weaknesses and blind spots as well as strengths in a way that is kind, inspiring and generous. If you are considering an appraisal I highly recommend Laurie.