I recognize that I’m neglecting my duties towards obscure monsters, but rest assured, I’ll begin posting about little-known, scary creatures again soon. But I just wanted to write about an event I attended at the fabulous Nottingham Writer’s Studio on the 18th of March (the Nottingham Writer’s Studio by the way, is a brilliant organisation that provides a place for members to write, share ideas and take writing courses, and loads more. Why doesn’t every town have one?!?)
But I digress… I was there for the launch of The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3, the latest volume in a series being published by Mother’s Milk Books. It was a big deal for yours truly, as my first ever published work of fiction was accepted and is appearing in this collection, together a truly stunning original piece of artwork by Emma Howitt. If I ever get my act together, I’ll post a picture of it on this blog. The theme is fairy tales for grown-ups, and people took that idea and ran with it.
I donned my best writerly outfit and went not having a clue what to expect. Cue autographing books and having a minor meltdown over the fact that I have a really boring signature, meeting lots of lovely writers and the founder of Mother’s Milk Books, Dr Teika Bellamy, and getting a chance to do a reading of my story and listen to other people read from their work. And there were fairy cakes.
In short, I had a great time and it was a wonderful introduction into the world of literary endeavour (much better than all those rejections I got last year!) My story is called ‘Bearskin and Bare-skin’ and is the story of a girl who has a bear for a sister. In one of those weird moments when the collective unconscious sends out the same idea to multiple people, there’s another story in there by Ronne Randall called ‘Melissa’s Bearskin!’ It’s very sad and beautiful. I also loved ‘Girl on a Pied Horse’ by Sarah Hindmarsh (a retelling of a very famous legend), ‘Midnight Riders’ by Dan Micklethwaite (which takes a look at Cinderella from a very different angle), ‘The Lost Children of Lorenwald’ by Elizabeth Hopkinson (an original story about a middle-aged wandering musician) and ‘The Web and the Wildwood’ by Lynden Wade (a retelling of ‘The Lady of Shalott’ which has magic and a mischievous monkey).
There are lots of brilliant stories in the collection, so go and take a look at the website. I’m very proud mine is in there, though truthfully my protagonists can’t be described as monsters, so they probably won’t appear on my blog. I’ll just have to go and write something that can be included…
Till then, dear readers.
Don’t go out alone.