Another surprise recognition in the genre world… I’m thrilled to have been long listed for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Debut Dagger Award 2015. This is for the opening of Dark Chapter, my debut literary novel which I’ve been working on for…oh, a year and a half now. (The re-draft is 85% finished.) So it’s good to be getting some recognition for all my work on it! You can read more about the long list here. The CWA is perhaps best known for the Gold Dagger, which in the past has been awarded to Val McDermid, Sara Paretsky, and Ian Rankin, among others. Anyway, the shortlist will be announced May 15th at CrimeFest. Fingers crossed…
Also, a flash fiction piece of mine is now available to download on the nifty Quick Fictions app. I wrote ‘Nabateans’ after my trip to Jordan last summer, and it’s now one of the many bite-size stories you can download and read while commuting, waiting, or for random in-between time. Each story is 300 words or less! Quick Fictions is supported by Myriad Editions, and can be downloaded for only 79p here. (Apparently, it’s ranked No. 5 among the UK’s paid apps.)
Some very unexpected news here — my short story “White Fur” has been shortlisted for The James White Award! This is kinda surprising for me, especially since the competition is for science fiction, and… I don’t tend to write in that genre (even though I am a fan). But encouraging to know that people think my stab at sci-fi is decent! I guess you can say “White Fur” is a dystopian ecology tale and yes, it involves polar bears (my favorite animal). Anyway the winner of the competition will be revealed Easter Sunday at 6pm, at Eastercon 2015 (the British National Science Fiction Convention). The competition is named after James White, the prolific sci-fi author behind the Sector General stories, and is a collaboration between the British Science Fiction Association and Interzone, the UK’s leading and longest-established science fiction magazine. Congrats to the other short-listed writers, and for the official announcement, click here.
Happy Holidays, everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying the festive season, wherever in the world you are. Just wanted update you on two artistic collaborations which I’ve been involved in as a writer. Exciting stuff.
In February, a short play of mine “Everything is Normal” will be performed on a scratch night in London, as part of Unheard 2015, a new writing festival exploring themes around sexual abuse and violence. The Festival runs February 19-22 and will also feature three V-Day benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues. My play will be at 7:30pm on Saturday, Feb 21 at The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham, and you can buy tickets for a mere £7 online here. A portion of proceeds will also go to a relevant charity (TBD). Hats off to the curiously-named, activist theatre company Goblin Baby for promoting writing about this important topic!
In November, I contributed a short story to Sense of the City: London, an intriguing urban design project that encourages a multi-sensory exploration of the Clerkenwell/Smithfield area of London. What? Basically, members of the public were invited to wander around that neighborhood, capturing their experience of the sights, smells, sounds they encountered. As writers, we then had to take those reactions and create an artistic response in the form of a short story. Then, actors recorded our writing, and the audio files of those performances can be heard online here. Or you can download the PDF of a newsletter which featured our stories and was distributed throughout the neighborhood. My short story is called “West Smithfield.” If you’re familiar with the area, Smithfield Market, St. Bart’s hospital, Fabric nightclub, and the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great all feature in the story. Hope you enjoy it!
At the start of the evening, there’ll be an Artist Talk from Johanna Ward herself, and you’ll also get to hear from my fellow Goldsmiths writers, Charlotte Barrow and Nick Burbidge. 5 pound entry and I believe there will be wine…. Hope to see you there!