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Archive for July, 2012

Launch of Pangea as witnessed by Deborah Rickard

The Pangea blog tour is over at ‘By Way of Kensal Green…’ today, where Bristol-based writer, Deborah Rickard, talks about the launch last Thursday, with readings by Vanessa Gebbie and Tom Williams.

Great photos, too.

Thanks, Debs, and also Blackwell’s who hosted the evening for us.

Pangea is here! Or, more accurately, Pangea is all over the world.


Interviews with Pangea authors at Every Day Fiction

Catch up with the author interviews over at EDF Chronicles:

“A great piece of flash fiction for me must be visual and strike a cord.” Jennifer Walmsley

“I had a teacher in school who encouraged me to write a poem after I finished a book ahead of the rest of the class. The result was an epic tale about a caveman hunting a mammoth, which in turn led to a sequel.” Tom Williams

“My story in Pangea, called “Shuttered Landscape” is about a bride sitting in the attic and looking through a suitcase full of swatches of fabric on the evening of her henna ceremony, a day before the wedding.” Fehmida Zakeer

With many thanks to Rumjhum Biswas for interviewing our authors, and to EDF Chronicles for hosting the interviews.

Coming soon: News of the launch of Pangea in Bristol on July 26

How to create a must read short story collection: Nokia Connects

A terrific interview with our editors, Indira and Rebecca, over at Nokia Connects today.

“… unless people really start appreciating short stories and demanding them from bookshops, and getting to know the names of the good short stories writers who are writing now, and asking for the works of those excellent writers, publishers will continue to overlook them in favour of the endless tedious novels they churn out.”

Read the whole blog post, here, courtesy of Pangea author, Joel Willans.

Interview with Andy Charman at EDF Chronicles

Rumjhum Biswas at Every Day Fiction Chronicles continues her series of interviews with Pangea authors by chatting with Andy Charman.

“As a reader you have to be taken into the fictional world instantly and then it is really fantastic if you can discover something new; a new way of looking at the world,  or a new view of the future. The very best flash fiction seems to provide that newness in a way that is really memorable. It’s like a piece of advice a given by good friend: something that pops into your mind every so often for long afterwards.”

Read the full interview here.

Look out for the rest of the interviews coming later this week at the same venue:

  • July 19/Jennifer Walmsley
  • July 20/Tom Williams
  • July 21/Fehmida

Interview with Sarah Hilary at EDF Chronicles

The second in a week of interviews with Pangea authors, sees Rumjhum Biswas ask Sarah Hilary about the inspiration behind her stories, how she writes and what she thinks of writing goals.

“I set out to write a story which turned the idea of love and romance on its head. In “LoveFM”, the narrator is in love, but not with his girlfriend. The story involves Elvis and a trailer park, and is more than a little twisted.”

“The Wedding Fair,” my other story in the Pangea Anthology, is about a girl trying to escape from the limiting expectations of her parents. It was inspired by an actual wedding fair, which I stumbled into by mistake. I defy anyone who’s ever seen a chocolate fondue fountain next to a job lot of satin shoes not to write a story about it.”

Read the full interview here.

A week of interviews about Pangea over at EDF Chronicles

Every Day Fiction Chronicles, aka EDF Chronicles, has kicked off a week of interviews with authors from Pangea who write flash fiction. Today’s interviewees are Vanessa Gebbie, and Oonah Joslin, who talk about the inspiration behind their stories. The full interview is here.

“I often use images as prompts for stories—they can be very inspirational if you just let rip—you never quite know what is going to happen.” Vanessa Gebbie

“I had three sisters who died as babies years before I was born—May, June and Eleanor Kyle. I became aware of them as I grew up. And I suppose this story is in a way for them and for my mother who had so many of us and yet never once forgot those three…” Oonah Joslin

Pangea blog tour : Sarah Hilary interviewed by Gay Degani

Pangea author, Sarah Hilary, talks with short story writer and editor, Gay Degani, about the experience of writing in a group, over at Words in Place.

I think all readers desire an audience—we write to connect to others, to readers—and when that connection is broken it hurts, horribly. But I also believe that, as writers, we have to retain that trusting belief, that ability to put our words out there to be tested.

I also think, and this is the other side of the coin, that we have to develop an ear for our writing. No one else can really help with that. It’s a shame, but it’s true. We have to arrive at a place where we know instinctively when feedback from other writers—or readers—is valuable, and when it’s not. Not all advice is good advice. Indeed, some of it can be downright bad. So we should share, and we should listen, but it’s our own voice that we should be listening out for. I read somewhere recently that “A good editor opens up spaces in a writer’s head that were previously closed,” I think the same is true of good writing groups. If you get the sense that your mind is being closed instead of opened, then it’s probably time to move on, to find somewhere where the opposite is true.