Gaiman, Smith and Ishiguro to feature in British short story anthology

Penguin is publishing a new anthology, The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, “a literary treasure trove” of “30 great short stories published in the last 20 years”, featuring contributors such as Zadie Smith, Irvine Welsh and Neil Gaiman.” (The Bookseller)

https://www.thebookseller.com/news/penguin-publish-contemporary-british-short-story-anthology-847396

We have one past contributor in it, none other than Thomas Morris, whose story “Bolt” featured in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7 (2013).

Guardian – How to Love a Jamaican and Heads of the Colored People

Impressive debuts by Alexia Arthurs and Nafissa Thompson-Spires bring grit and wit to issues around racial identity

Two new short story collections reviewed by Anthony Cummins

via How to Love a Jamaican and Heads of the Colored People – reviews | Books | The Guardian

Notes on Craft | Carys Davies | Granta

Trial and error – I don’t know of any other way to write. I try something this way and I try it that way, over and over and over.

Which brings me back to the notion of tentativeness – to doubt and uncertainty and to the exhilarating openness which comes with that, to whatever might come along.

Another twice contributor to Willesden Herald New Short Stories is Carys Davies, whose short stories are wonderfully imaginative, funny and engrossing. Two of the stories in her Frank O’Connor Prize-winning collection The Redemption of Galen Pike are also found in our New Short Stories 3 and New Short Stories 4.  Her latest book is West, a novel, published by Granta Books, April 2018.

via Notes on Craft | Carys Davies | Granta

Ninevah by Henrietta Rose-Innes to be a film

Blake Friedmann agency announces a film deal for Ninevah by Henrietta Rose-Innes

Henrietta Rose-Innes, winner of the Caine prize for African writing, is also – and you can probably guess by now, from how we select stories – a past contributor to New Short Stories. She has published several novels and short story collections. One of the stories in her collection Homing is also in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 4.

Becoming Belle – Nuala O’Connor

For the second time today, I’m using the phrase “twice contributor to New Short Stories,” in this case for Nuala O’Connor who, it is fair to say, is one of Ireland’s foremost writers of novels and poetry, as well as short stories. She has published several short story collections and some of her stories can be found online, like this one from 2016: Storks by Nuala O’Connor in the Irish Times.

Nightwolf by Willie Davis | Goodreads

img_20180808_163122“It started with a miracle. It was a useless miracle, but it still counted as a jaw-dropper, a total malfunction of reason and time… I can burn my own bushes, so I have no patience for miracles.” (From the opening of Nightwolf by Willie Davis)

via Nightwolf by Willie Davis | Goodreads

 

 

 

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Credit for Willesden Herald in the back of Nightwolf by Willie Davis

We get a namecheck in the back of the debut novel by twice New Short Stories contributor, Willie Davis, as you can see in this photo I took when my copy arrived. (Steve)

The Paris Review: The Art of Fiction No. 230

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Angela Carter: Of Wolves & Women (BBC)

27 days left to watch on BBC iPlayer (UK only)

“Angela Carter’s surreal imagination produced some of the most dazzling fiction of the last century. Pioneering her own distinctive brand of ‘magic realism,’ works like The Magic Toyshop and Nights at the Circus cracked open the middle-class conventions of the postwar novel and influenced a new generation of writers.”

For short story lovers, it’s her collection “The Bloody Chamber” that hits home. But, of course, it’s always novels that get more attention.

An Afternoon Reading, 29 Sept. Cafe OTO, including Steve Finbow

London’s Infinity Land Press and US-based Amphetamine Sulphate combine forces to present a late afternoon of scabrous readings, kinky imaginings and totally free fucking expression. Two publishers. Six writers. Limitless possibilities.

The event is free of charge but please register here as the venue is limited to 50 seats:
https://www.infinitylandpress.com/eventspage

Steve Finbow is a writer and also a reader of prodigious talent. At the launch of New Short Stories 1 at Willesden Library Centre theatre, he gave us an excerpt from his novel “Balzac of the Badlands”. It was awe-inspiring: a rattling, unstoppable torrent of words – all brilliant – with a rhythm and pace, not too rapid but staccato, inexorable – that had beads of sweat rolling down his face. It didn’t let up from start to finish. His story “Mrs Nakamoto Takes a Vacation” is in NSS1.

This picture is of me after the interval at that event, brandishing a mocked-up copy of The Willesden Herald, as the strains of “Tell Me More and More, and Then Some” by Billie Holiday faded out. Oh yes, we had a sound man, mixing desk, theme songs and everything. Those were the days. Or were those later days all jumbled up? Yes, but who actually cares? But, yeah, look at those speakers -and theatre lighting- there. (Steve)

After the interval at the launch of New Short Stories 1

via An afternoon reading with Philip Best + Martin Bladh + Steve Finbow + Shane Levene + Hector Meinhof + Simon Morris ← Cafe OTO