I am delighted to be able to tell you all that my story, Carmine’s Fruit, won the Artificium short story competition. You’ll be able to read it very soon. And it’s something that makes me very happy – not only that someone’s liked my story, but also because it’s only the third (I think) competition I’ve entered. I usually don’t because all the editing work I do means that, invariably, I’ll have edited something that has been earmarked for one competition or other. So yes, I’m very, very pleased about that.

Tomorrow I start my three days working with younger writers at Ecclesall Library in Sheffield which I can’t wait for.

In the meantime, and until I get chance to go through all the photos from the event, here’s me reading at Off The Shelf festival (from Not So Perfect). You can see Marina Lewycka to my right, and, next to her, Virginia Macgregor, and then the very lovely Trisha Cooper.


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