The Poetry Wivenhoe ‘Freedom Poems’ booklet, was released last night on World Poetry Day. Twelve of the winning poems were read by their authors. ‘Brushwork’ by Sue Dawes, on Page 13, takes the form of a villanelle. More information about the poetry group and where the book can be purchased here .
My short story ‘Artifice’ was one of the three winning crime short stories published in ‘Bloody Hull,’ which was a book given out as part of the Hull Literary Festival. The competition ‘Dead Pretty City’, was for a short story of 2000 with the words ‘Dead Pretty’ included in it. Originally short-listed for the CWA Margery Allingham prize, I re-worked this story for the competition. As usual, my protagonist is not what she seems.
Sue Dawes was one of the winners of a competition run by Horror Scribes, which is a relatively new Horror story website. The competition was to write a horror story using one of the ‘days’ of the poem, ‘Monday’s child’. The other conditions were that the short story had to be set in the time the poem was written and contain 100 words.