Short Stories and the role of competitions: a discussion with Kit de Waal

mandyKit de Waal talks about writing short stories, winning prizes and the role of short story competitions in developing a career as a writer.

She has won and been listed in numerous competitions for her short stories (including Costa Short Story Prize, The Bridport Prize, Bath Short Story Award, Bare Fiction and Fish Publishing) and has recently signed a three-book deal with Viking, an imprint of Penguin.

The Institute of Creative and Critical Writing

Thursday, 19 March 2015 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

Birmingham, United Kingdom

further details here.

Gaynor Arnold to give the School of English (Birmingham City University) annual lecture.

Gaynor has been invited to speak on ‘Inventing the Past’ and she will talk about the genre sometimes described as ‘bio-fiction’. Her two nineteenth century novels, Girl in a Blue Dress and After Such Kindness are works of the imagination, but centre on actual historical people. Girl in a Blue Dress looks at the marriage of Charles Dickens from his wife’s point of view, while After such Kindness re-imagines the relationship between the child Alice and the adult Lewis Carroll.

Date: 17th Dec 2014. Venue: Baker 508, City North Campus (Perry Barr). 1-2pm.

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Kit de Waal secures book deal with Viking

To top off a brilliant year (eg winner of the Bridport Flash Fiction prize; see below for more!) Kit has secured a deal for her first novel ‘My Name is Leon’ with Viking.

Book Trade says:  Kit de Waal’s dazzlingly painful and uplifting debut takes the reader inside the mind of a little boy who will enchant and live on in the reader’s mind long after the last page is read.

Well done, Kit. Read more here:

Kit de Waal’s story on Radio 4.

Don’t miss Kit de Waal’s contribution to the Midlands Odyssey (see post below), soon to be aired on Radio 4, Sunday 30th November @7:45pm. A link to more details.

This programme will be available shortly after broadcast

Adrift at the Athena

Shorts: Writing WestEpisode 1 of 3

SHORTS: New writing. New writers.

The first of three Midlands Odysseys: short stories written in response to The Odyssey – transplanting episodes from Homer’s epic to contemporary Midlands settings.

Ulysses Tate has been away for a long time and is trying to get home. At the Athena launderette, he meets a woman who shows him great kindness.

By Kit de Waal.

Producer: Mair Bosworth.