And here it is.

My poem “Three Windows” is on the Contents page – the only poem in the book – and my story “The Gift of a Year” is the penultimate piece. I’m also the only contributor with two pieces in it, which surprised (and pleased) me.

A Book of King's

(You can see the poem online in the contents page at: http://www.abookofkings.com/gallery.html )

Here’s a really great idea: a wesbite on which children tell stories for other children to listen to. The stories are written by grown-ups, and read by youngsters.

My story, “Jigstory”, is read by a charming young lady who really puts herself into it. It’s fabulous. But many of the other readers are entertaining or cute or lovely, too. I can see this really catching on.

My story: http://www.smories.com/watch/jigstory/

The home page: http://www.smories.com/

On Wednesday we arranged a small launch event for the Cinnamon Press anthology “The Visitors”, at Blackwells in Sheffield. A little over twenty people turned up, and seemed to have a very good time. I’d managed to get generous permission from several of the contributors to have their work read, and three contributors read their own work. Here’s the programme:

Reader Author Piece
Tricia Durdey   Welcome
Kate Rutter Anne Caldwell Walk in the Park, You can say what you like to the dead
Angelina Ayers Aisling Tempany Five of us Together, Prydferth
Fay Musselwhite Marcus Smith 58 Dead in England, Driving around
Lorna Festa Margaret Wilmot The New Café
Kate Rutter Diana Gittins Repulsive II, Hale New Moon Bopp
Fay Musselwhite Judith Watts Smiling Torso/Laughing Buttocks
Noel Williams Annie Bien Beneath night, Heart
Will Kemp Will Kemp Wolf, The Painters who studied clouds
Tricia Durdey Tricia Durdey The Visitors
Noel Williams Noel Williams Return to High Force, Snow on the Edge

 

Thanks to everyone who took part or came along to support us. And particular thanks to Blackwells, and Sarah, Angelina and Beverley for hosting the event. Go along there and buy a couple of books!

We had a great evening at the Sheffield Launch of Matter magazine, issue 9, in Blackwells (by Hallam University). The magazine is perhaps the best issue of Matter yet (I’m not biased, of course). There’ll be a London launch on Thursday, October 29 as part of Sheffield Hallam’s London Showcase at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BX at 6.30pm. Unfortunately I won’t be able to read there, though my two poems went down pretty well in the Sheffield show.

There are photos of the evening, including one of yours truly, at: http://www.makingwritingmatter.co.uk/news.php You can also find out how to buy the mag (and so read my two pieces). There are also some brilliant poems by Ruby Robinson, Fay Musselwhite, Angelina Ayers, Helen Cadbury and Lou Wilford; and stories by Helen, Kate Hainsworth, Marian Iseard, Susan Clegg, Rebecca Swirsky and Kate Mitchell. Also included are works by guest authors of repute: Alison MacLeod, Adam Marek, Maurice Riordan, Julia Copus and Tim Turnbull.

A couple of e-zines published two of my more “off the wall” (experimental, if you like such things, weird, if you don’t) pieces. I’m not very sure of the reasoning behind such pieces, merely that they’re interesting to play with.

Whether merely experimenting with form really leads anywhere is hard to say, but probably such experiments open up channels that otherwise wouldn’t be there. I suspect, for me, such experiments are on the edge of what I really want to do: they seem on the one hand relatively glib and on the other likely to be impenetrable – but then maybe that’s simply because I don’t know what I’m doing.

“Burning Bush” is in Little PinkShack at http://littlepinkshack.webs.com/poetry.htm

“Stop” is in Streetcake magazine at http://streetcakemagazine.com/files/issue%207.pdf

(Also, found myself joint winner of a little article-writing competition at Ladder Writers. I’d rather have won the short story comp, but didn’t rate in that. The article, on “How To Reject Rejection”  is at http://ladderwriters.com/bonuswinner.shtml This came out of an online interview I did for the “Essential Writers” website, who posted a piece on rejection based on what I wrote, and, more recently, a slightly pompous piece of pontifcating by me on how to succeed as a writer (as if I knew!) Findable at: http://essentialwriters.com/exceptional-3947.htm

Well – it makes a good title.

My story “The Ogre’s Elevator” was Highly commended in the City of Derby Short Story competition, by Sarah Maitland. My poems didn’t make it, however.

And a slight update to the previous post on Cinnamon Press: two poems made it to the anthology: “Snow on the Edge” and “Return to High Force.”