A few weeks back, I was thrilled to hear that my novel The Figures Slumbering – the love story of two artists – had been shortlisted for this year’s Impress Prize (the Impress Books award, “created to discover and publish new writing talent in fiction and non-fiction”). The competition winner, whose book will go on to be published by Impress Books, will be decided by a panel of judges on 28th September. Meanwhile, book bloggers including the literary fiction blog Book & Brew have been interviewing the shortlisted writers. You can read all about The Figures Slumbering, some writing tips I’ve found valuable in my writing journey so far, and an unfortunate anecdote about a canal, a bike and a dead piglet, in their interview here!
Francesca Main is Picador’s Publishing Director and one of the best-known literary editors, not least for her work on Jessie Burton’s bestselling The Miniaturist. Francesca was part of the judging team for The Fresher Prize 2017, the short story category of which I was delighted to win this year, and she was kind enough to answer some questions for me about her career and current role and the wider world of publishing. So today I am thrilled to be able to share her insight: Continue reading “Interview: Francesca Main, Publishing Director, Picador”
It was the first of its kind, with attendees from all over the UK and further afield, and packed with presenters and workshop leaders representing many of the very best practitioners of the form. The Bath Flash Fiction Festival was an intense, roller coaster of a weekend – a chance to meet online writing friends, to attend the launch of the National Flash-Fiction Day anthology; a lot of fun, a lot of learning, and far too much to cover in one blog post – but in case you weren’t lucky enough to be there, I thought I’d share some of the inspiration I took away with me. Continue reading “Notes from a Flashy Weekend”