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The Transformative Power of Stories

Twice is nice

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Two of my stories are now in print in the 2016 Bedford Anthology; It’s Hard Being Clarke Kent and Lifeline. Available on Amazon at £7.50 it might be a little pricey for some even if the money does go to charity. Its only just come out, so if you wait there’s sure to be a price drop.

 

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Published and be damned

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I wrote Where the White Poppies Grow ages ago. It is now available in the Bedford 2015 Anthology on Kindle and in paperback. I think the money goes to  charity.

The New Cool

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My story, of 3000 words, The New Cool has been shortlisted for Writers’ Forum. If it doesn’t make the final three then it might be a consideration for an American magazine which prints stories of a similar nature.

Blue

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My story Blue made it through to the final stages of this year’s Yeovil competition but unfortunately not the final three.  I wrote it back in 2015 and it has been reworked since then, (more than once) but clearly it could stand a little more attention.

And the winner is…

 

depression…Not me apparently.  The 2016  Bedford Short Story competition results are just in and although I had two stories shortlisted neither one managed to make the final cut. Something of a consolation  is that both my stories should appear in the 2016 Anthology which will  be available to  download from Amazon later in the year. Congratulations to the winners…maybe next time

Resting story teller

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Sad to learn that William Trevor was one of the many artists; stars and celebrities to pass away last year. He was perhaps one of the finest short story writers and certainly one that  inspired me to give the art a go.  Wikipedia records him as an ‘elder statesman of the Irish literary world’. He once said, you don’t so much write a short story as attack it with a pair of scissors.

 

Third time Lucky

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Another piece of luck; my story, Wanting to be John Wayne has been shortlisted for the  HE Bates competition. The winner is to be announced in early February

 

Twice is Nice

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I’ve been fortunate enough to have two short stories; Lifeline and It’s not easy being Clark Kent  shortlisted for the Bedford prize. The winner is to be announced at a Presentation Evening in the New Year which I’ve been invited to attend, though I don’t think I’ll be able to go.

Even if neither story makes it into the final three it’s still very encouraging and competitions like the Bedford Prize do so very much to keep the motivation for writing alive.

This is the second year that I’ve been shortlisted for the Bedford prize. Where the White Poppies Grow – appears in the 2015 Bedford prize anthology, available on Amazon. .

Believing in Stories

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For those that don’t know Stoner by John Williams was said to be one of the finest, forgotten American novels of all time. I’ve just finished reading his lesser known or even more forgotten work Butchers Crossing which I can recommend.

‘Young people,’ McDonald said contemptuously. ‘You always think there’s something to find out.’

 

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