Judge of Flash Fiction

I’m thrilled to be judging the flash fiction category of the Hysteria Writing Competition. Looking forward to reading the huge array of entries by talented and inspirational women writers! The competition also includes poetry and short stories. Submissions are encouraged between now and the closing date of 11.59pm on 31 August 2017.

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Time Out London Blog

I’ve just joined the Time Out London Blog. My first full post will be out in April but for now I’ve made a small contribution to 22 brilliant places Londoners love in spring. See number 11.

Looking forward to writing about this amazing city!

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Short-listed Poem

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My poem about my home city of Birmingham was short-listed recently for the Verve Poetry Prize 2017. I went along to the Verve Poetry Festival this weekend which aimed to ‘capture and celebrate the spirit of Birmingham and its creative, plucky, open-minded, fun, down to earth, industrious, collaborative, cosmopolitan nature’. Sounds about right! My report will be in GEM Magazine soon.

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Republic of Consciousness Prize

Four of the books I have reviewed (The Storyteller, Forbidden Line, Solar Bones, and The Empress and the Cake) were recently long-listed for the inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize. I went along to the short-list announcement on Wednesday night and met lots of lovely publishers and writers. I’ve written an event feature about it for The Contemporary Small Press. Read more

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Interview with Author Donatella di Pietrantonio

Having reviewed two books by Italian author Donatella di Pietrantonio (My Mother is a River and Bella Mia), her publishing house Calisi Press invited me to put some questions to her this week about her approach to writing.

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