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We’re thrilled to announce the stories which will be read at our first event, New Blood and Beginnings, by these talented writers. All stories are chosen from submissions by Jeremy Thomson-Smith from Somerset libraries, Helen Williams from The David Hall and Grace Palmer from Novel Nights
THE WRITERS AND THEIR STORIES for New Blood and Beginnings
42nd Street by Paul Toolan
Paul Toolan is a bearded, left-handed , non-swimming, Piscean Yorkshireman, now retired in Somerset, and the author of the ‘Killing Tree’ crime series, set in the West Country.
The Wall by Mark Blackburn
Somerset writer Mark Blackburn has short stories and nonfiction pieces published online and in print. Margaret Drabble has recently selected him as Runner-Up in the Ruth Rendell Short Story Prize.
Cauliflower by Jonathan Evans
Jonathan Evans has written two short story collections, The Mystery of Ernie Taylor’s Abdomen, and, The Rum Jungle Hotel and other Travel Stories. His novella Rainbow explores life in the Outback. Jonathan regularly features on BBC Radio Bristol Upload
The Audition by Elizabeth Delo
Elizabeth Delo has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Her debut novel, “Becoming Liz Taylor”, will be published in Summer 2023 by Allen & Unwin.
The Drunken Plough Points North by Grace Palmer
Grace Palmer’s stories are published in literary magazines. She has an MA in Creative Writing, teaches creative writing to adults, runs Novel Nights, is editing a novel and lives in South Petherton.
The Trapped Doe by Estelle Phillips
Publications include “Motherhoodlum” (chapbook, Jawbone Collective), BBC, Rock And A Hard Place, and Cult of Clio. Shortlisted, Jerry Jazz Musician Short Story Award (2022), longlisted Yeovil Prize (novel, 2022), slamwinner.
Scone by Mark Blackburn
Local writer Mark Blackburn has short stories and nonfiction pieces published online and in print. Margaret Drabble has recently selected him as Runner-Up in the Ruth Rendell Short Story Prize.
Da Silva by Mike Manson
Bristol based writer and historian, Mike has written three novels. Where’s My Money? was selected by BBC TV as one of their Books that Made Britain. The Jamaica Gleaner described Mike’s recent novel, Down in Demerara, as ‘story telling at its best’.
Starting by Hilary Smith
Hilary Smith is a retired teacher and lecturer from Bristol. Having published books for teachers throughout her career, she now spends her time exploring her passion for writing short stories.
Green Roof by Clare Reddaway
Clare Reddaway is a Bath-based short story writer and playwright. Her stories are widely published and have won or been listed for many national competitions. Find out more at www.clarereddaway.co.uk.
Callisto by Angela Huskisson
Wife, mother, nan, yoga teacher, lover of words. BA Engish (Hons) specialising in Creative Writing. Published on the internet/ Literary Editor for www.shortsmagazine.com One published novel plus anthologies on Amazon.
11th September New Blood and Beginnings
23rd October Lifting the Halloween Veil
13th November FIRE
11th DECEMBER Winter Tales
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