Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Short Story News

Well, several bits of good news to report! First, Riffing on Strings, the excellent anthology of creative writing inspired by String Theory, which contains short stories, plays, poetry and essays (among them my flash story, Secrets), has been awarded a Silver Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Very well deserved, this is a richly imaginative anthology, certainly not just for those who actually understand String Theory is (there are four people worldwide, I believe, not much of a market)! Get yourself a copy.

Second, another wonderful book. My blogger friend and writing colleague Nik Perring, together with photographer Katherine Elizabeth Lewis and 18 other authors - including me, Caroline Smailes, and Vanessa, who won Nik's blog competition - has produced this beautiful limited edition book of 20 stories, poems and haikus and the 20 photographs that inspired them - to raise money for the East Cheshire Branch of the Alzheimer's Society.

Enormous kudos to Nik for putting this book together in four weeks! It just shows what one person can do. I am extremely impressed and deeply honoured to be included. All the profits from the book, which costs £14 and is available from www.eastofnorth.comand will go to the Alzheimer's Society.

Both these books were produced with love and dedication by just a few individuals - no large publishing houses, no agents, no "big names". Just great writing and beautiful books. Please support them. Thank you.

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