So, since the turn of the year I’ve been working in Rotherham (among other places), for the brilliant Writing Yorkshire, looking after the Young Writers’ Group there when Vicky, who usually runs it, has been off. And I’ve loved it. It’s a top group and super-talented too and, now everyone’s broken up for the summer, I’m really missing it and them (hello, everyone!).

Charlie, one of the group’s members, had a couple of stories accepted while I was working with the group and, you know, that is such a big deal and it’s one of the best bits about doing the job I do (doesn’t do my ego any harm, either, knowing I’ve helped). I remember, very clearly, my first acceptance back in 2003 (I think – okay, maybe I don’t remember it all that clearly). It was a feature on local Arthurian legend and it went in a county magazine and that was the moment I felt validated as a writer – the moment I felt like I really could do it. I think I cried. I know I’ve still got a copy of the cheque framed somewhere. I was in my very early twenties back then, not in my teens. Yes, I’m a bit jealous.

And yesterday Charlie got in touch to let me know that the issue the story’s in has gone live. It’s in Bunbury Magazine (Oscar Wilde reference?) and it’s brilliant, and I’m certainly not just saying that. IT’s the sort of piece that I’d have loved to have received when I’ve judged competitions and edited for places. Go and see for yourselves. Bunbury are doing that cool thing where you pay what you think it’s worth so you’ve no excuse.

And well done, Charlie.


2 Comments on “Bunbury

  1.  by  bunburymagazine

    Hi Nik,

    It’s Christopher here from Bunbury Magazine. Thank you for featuring the magazine on your website.

    You are right about Charlie’s piece, it was fantastic. We are very lucky here to receive work of consistently high quality.

    If we can ever do anything for Writing Yorkshire, please do let us know. We have had young writers submit to us and we always do what we can to help develop and advocate grass roots writing.

    Thank you again and take care,

    PS – it is an Oscar Wilde reference yes!

    •  by  nikperring

      Hi Christopher – great to hear from you and thanks for taking the time to comment. I really enjoyed flicking through issue 9 and I’ll definitely keep you in mind when I recommend people submitting – both younger writers and adult ones (and maybe my stuff too once I’ve finished proofs for the next book).

      Could you drop me an email so I have your address (easiest to go to the Contact bit on the site) and I’ll give you a shout to see if there’s anything we can sort.

      And yes, Charlie’s was brilliant.

      Thanks again and keep up the splendid work!


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