Christmas publications/homeless women handbag appeal and other news….

I hope you all had a peaceful happy and safe Christmas this year.  I ran a mini appeal in December to collect in any spare handbags for homeless women filled with hygiene products – I had a tremendous response and collected 65+ bags plus several extra bags of toiletries.

These items are not easy to obtain if you are homeless, or on low income, living in temporary accommodation or a refuge.

Here is a pic taken by good friend and writing supporter Gillian Wright, with only half of the donated bags. We dropped them off at Inn churches in Bradford to be kept at their Storehouse for redistribution.

Handbags donationOn the writing front I have a seasonal piece out on zeroflash site, Carol Practise.

Christmas Carols, Carolers

and editor Paul Hamilton has curated an anthology, cover image below, which I have a 200 word piece in, Crow, which is available to buy on amazon.

cover of anthology 200 words

David Wing editor of the flash site zeroflash has accepted a new piece of flash by me, a 300 worder, called ‘Run, Ruby Run’ for his 1st ever zeroflash anthology to come out in 2018; I am chuffed about this, cos the standard of flash on this site is high.

I have just had an email from publisher/editor Gill James who runs indie press Chapel Town Books, with the final copy of my debut Flash Fiction collection ‘Badlands’ to proof read. It will be out soon- which is great.

I have been editing some stories for my upcoming ghost/horror collection, and reading the 70 year old Pan reissue of their retro Horror stories- including such greats as Nigel Kneale (Quatermass fame) and Joan Aiken whilst also rewatching on BBC4 adaptations of MR James’ stories taken from their archive, like ‘A Warning to the Curious.’ Great stuff, rarely bettered.

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