Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Novel launch!

"Empathetic, serious, forgiving, ominous, tender, terrifying... Brick Mother follows the lives of ordinary people tasked with the extraordinary challenge of caring for the mentally ill. Human weakness is witnessed, measured and forgiven in the same breath. Bradley has performed the unlikely feat of inhabiting a cold government building with a nurturing human heart. A thoughtful, thought-provoking and mature debut." (Mishka Shubaly, best selling author of The Long Run) 

I'll be launching my debut novel, Brick Mother, at the Leeds Big Bookend festival this June, along with fellow Dead Ink author Richard Smyth, who will also be launching his debut novel at the same event. The launch event is on June 7th at 2pm in Leeds Central Library. The facebook events page is here

Currently reading

Collected Stories Lydia Davis
We Had It So Good Linda Grant

Monday, 7 April 2014

Appearances

I'll be giving a reading on May 8th at Chol Theatre in Huddersfield. Also appearing will be Gareth Durasow and Richard Smyth.

Currently reading

Sworn Virgin Elvira Dones
Collected Stories Lydia Davis

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Loft Mentor Series

I just discovered the Loft Mentor Series on YouTube, something I'm really excited about since I needed something to fill the New Yorker Fiction Podcast shaped gap in my life after finishing listening to that series.

Here's a video of Toni Halleen reading as part of the series. Great stuff!

http://youtu.be/N4HvugU2314

Currently reading

Chasing The King of Hearts Hanna Krall
Silver Linings Playbook Michael Quick

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Fictions of Every Kind: Home

The next Fictions of Every Kind will be on Tuesday March 25th, themed: Home. Invited speakers will be Nasser Hussain and Zodwa Nyoni. The event will take place at Wharf Chambers* in Leeds, starting at 19:30. Entry, as ever, will be a recession-friendly £3.

Zodwa Nyoni is a Zimbabwean-born poet & playwright. She was named as one of Leeds' 20 best writers under 40 last year, and was apprentice poet in residence at last years' Ilkley Literature Festival. Nasser Hussain is a poet and performer who lectures in creative writing at York University.

Music will come from David Broad. As ever, there will be a writers' open mic - please keep your contributions at 5 minutes or under; we'll be enforcing this time limit, so please practise reading your work out beforehand to check it fits! Short stories, flash fiction, true stories and excerpts from larger works are all welcome.

Nasser's very hard to google. Here he is reading a poem about that very fact:



And here's Zodwa performing with Vanessa Rani Chutturgoon at last years' Ilkley Literature Festival:



* Please note: Wharf Chambers is a members club & you must be a member to attend an event here. Joining costs £1 and takes a minimum of 48 hours to take effect. For more info visit www.wharfchambers.org

Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently





No time to update properly now. Instead, please enjoy this video of the excellent Ray Bradbury talk about writing persistently.



Currently reading



Flight Behaviour Barbara Kingsolver

The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Next Year, Work Harder

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." STEPHEN KING

Welcome to my end of year post! It might make for sobering reading, but I hope you won't mind that. Some of you might well need the kick up the arse I'm about to give you. You're welcome!

As anyone I've ever bored on to about writing knows, I'm a firm believer in discipline and hard work. Go to work every day, put the hours in, get a system together for submissions. I'm not rich (and probably never will be - HURRAY!) but all the same, I consider myself a success on my own terms. Success in my mind being: a writer who writes the way she wants to, and gets her work published pretty regularly. Your definition of success is probably different, but there is mine, and I'm sticking to it.

Below, I detail what I've been up to this year, in numbers.

Work

Number of hours spent writing: 450 (approx)
Number of hours spent submitting: 16 (approx)

Submissions

Number of submissions made: between 48 & 52 (approx)
Number of short stories published: 5: 3 print, 2 web

Most number of times a story was rejected before finding a home: 18 (approx)
Fewest number of times a story was rejected before finding a home: 1
Number of times a story got accepted the first time I sent it out: 0

The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times

Low point: receiving 4 rejections for the same story within the space of 2 days.
High points: seeing my words handset in a letterpress book made by a friend; having my novel accepted at Cinder House & Dead Ink Books.

In Summary:

You won't get anywhere if you sit around feeling sorry for yourself.





Friday, 27 December 2013

Toro - a new short story


[Image courtesy of Dead Ink Books]

My new short story, Toro, is now available to read for free on the Dead Ink Books site. Many thanks to Nathan at Dead Ink Books for all his help with this!