Well, it has certainly been an interesting week or so. First, I was interviewed by Alison Wells for her blog on the writing.ie website and we discussed the elements of a good short story and what I like about them. Second, my collection was longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize alongside books by the likes of Tessa Hadley, Edna O’Brien, Sarah Hall and my fellow Scott Prize winner Cassandra Parkin, whose ‘New World Fairy Tales‘ is a sexy and sassy reworking of some of the more famous Grimm fairytales. Then, to my huge surprise, I discovered my book had been reviewed in this week’s TLS by Ivan Juritz, who said some very nice things indeed – so thank you, Ivan Juritz whoever and wherever you are. Thank you for reading my book in the way I’d like it to be read. A good week indeed. And one to remember when the writing’s not going so well in the future. Weeks like this make it all worthwhile.
Update: I also neglected to mention that I’m reading in the ‘Pub Shorts’ event at York Literature Festival this Sunday (April 1st) – click the link at the side for more information.
Update number two: The book has also just now sneaked onto the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award longlist. Congrats to everyone on there.