Excellent narrative

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I entered a piece in the Labello Press¬†International Short Story Competition last month. I was long listed, and then shortlisted. I didn’t finish in the top three, but I did win an¬†Excellence in Contemporary Narrative Award. I’m happy with that. They will publish my story, The Passenger, in their 2014 anthology, called Gem Street. It’s out later in the year; more news nearer the time.

One reason I’m fond of this story is that I wrote it on my Dark Angels masterclass in Oxford. I think most of it came together at two o’clock in the morning, after a day visiting the Pitt Rivers Museum, a curious place full of intriguing objects. The display case focused on ancient writing instruments was especially interesting, and I can see now how the idea of primitive symbol-making bubbled up into my story. Fascinating how the imagination works.

 

My rooms at Merton College, Oxford, where I wrote The Passenger

My rooms at Merton College, Oxford, where I wrote The Passenger

The Pitt-Rivers Museum is full of this kind of thing

The Pitt-Rivers Museum is full of this kind of thing

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Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade