From Streets in the Sky to Open mic at the Tivoli…..

I was at Square Chapel in Halifax the other week for a trio of ghost stories read out by a storyteller Matthew Bellwood, in the ‘Streets in the Sky’ venue, up above the indoor market, where the pigeons roost. It was held inside one of the old derelict terraced houses; lit by candles and with some of us drinking wine – it was creepy as heck. A novel idea for street theatre.

At the weekend I attended a crime writing workshop at Keighley Library with Heaton based crime authoress Liz Mistry. Its topic was ‘ Creating a sense of place in your fiction’. It was absolutely excellent, very informative and well constructed with useful handouts. Thanks to Dionne Hood and Liz for running this.

Find out more at her blog:- https://lizmistrycritoeditmewriter.wordpress.com/

My latest 100 drabble is now out on:-

http://horrortree.com/category/trembling-with-fear/

you can find ‘Soul Mate’ under the date 6/18/2017

I also made the long list with my piece of Flash called ‘The Middleman’ in https://brilliantflashfictionmag.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/lost-in-translation-writing-contest-results/#more-2434

which was inspired by the prompt ‘the dubash’ -yes I had to look up what it meant too! But I really enjoyed the research for the piece and this comp has a very high standard of international entries so I was pleased to get a mention.

On Thursday 6 July I will be at the Tivoli cafe in Ben Rhydding reading 3 short pieces at their open mic evening which includes musicians too.

THE PURPLE ROOM Presents: A Summer Celebration of Music & Words
                          featuring local singers, musicians & wordsmiths
                          from Ben Rhydding & Ilkley.
This is being organised by the indefatigable Keely Hodgson Wilcox whose natural voice singing group I harmonise with on a weekly basis.
I  will only have 3-4 minutes to read out my work, but that is plenty long enough with my nerves!
Valley Press run by Jamie McGarry is running some author events this summer in Scarborough-I have booked on the first one as James Nash has been my creative writing teacher with the WEA for the last few years! He is excellent to go and listen to.
at Woodend, 1-2pm on a Thursday afternoon for six weeks. Here’s what I’ve got lined up:

  • on August 10th, James Nash will be sharing his classic sonnets and some brand new ones, as well as discussing nine years of Valley Press history with myself.
  • on August 17th, Helen Burke will be celebrating the release of her Collected Poems, performing highlights from forty-eight years of writing.
  • Check their website for more info.

 

It’s hotter than Athens, my creative brain is melting but I have bits of news to share….

We’ve been watching Artic bound Season 1 of ‘Fortitude’ on dvd, wallowing visually in all that snow while we bake here in Bingley.

Today, The Casket of Fictional Delights edited by Joanna Sterling, has published my short story, The Pool Man; It is also available to listen to as an audio recording read (very creepily) by Rachael Beresford. I’ve just had a listen with my son, Josh,  (captive family member- so no escape) and thought it sounded really professionally done. Thank you to Joanna and Rachael. Here’s the link:-

http://www.thecasket.co.uk/story/the-pool-man/

www.third-word.com who publish 80 word pieces of flash on line and soon in mini print anthologies to raise funds for homeless people. I have 3 pieces on their shortlist for publication. It is a great idea, based on the Big Issue magazine business model.

It is National Flash Fiction Day on Sat 24 June, and Calum Kerr on his blog is running an all day FF event; he and other guest editors like Susan Howe and Cassandra Parkin are choosing pieces to put up there on www.flashfloodjournal.blogspot.co.uk.

My piece, Cannon Fodder, has been selected to go up there at 18.00. I am delighted.

 

 

 

Me teaching Creative Writing in Saltaire in September….

http://www.saltairecrafthouse.com/announcements/creative-writing-course

At the Craft House in Saltaire  Tel (01274) 584 400 starting on Wednesday 6 September (for 4 weeks);

Here’s the info given about the course:-

Are you a complete beginner when it comes to creative writing?

Or perhaps you have been writing for a while and now wish to take your work further?
This series of 4 interlinked workshops led by published author Alyson Faye* will teach you techniques and exercises to start you writing, whether that’s poetry, flash fiction or short stories, and will also advise you how to edit and polish your work for submission.

The emphasis is on finding your voice, building your writing confidence and having fun.

A new venture for me, though obviously I’ve taught/tutored lots in the past- fingers crossed for a good sign up. I am very excited about this project. I would like to share my love of the written word, tell the story of my own publishing journey and encourage others to try to take their own writing/publishing steps on it.

Also many thanks to David Wing, editor/founder of Zeroflash, a website supporting and publishing Flash Fiction for giving Raging Aardvark’s ‘Twisted Tales 2016’ anthology a mention and PR boost.

https://zeroflash.org/book-and-collections/

I’ve also signed up to do 2 Crime writing workshops under the tutelage of Liz Mistry at Keighley Library in June, organised by Bradford Libraries. Looking forward to those.

Meanwhile indie publisher Chapel Town Books has a new collection of Flash out by Neil Campbell, available to buy on kindle or in paperback on amazon.

Chapel Town support Flash fiction and its authors – their collections are quirky, unusual and touching. Worth a look.

Fog Lane by [Campbell, Neil]

PUBLICATION OF ‘TWISTED TALES’ FROM RAGING AARDVARK- something to shout about (hence the sad use of capitals!)…..

Indie publisher Raging Aardvark has launched ‘Twisted Tales 2016’ on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com (later it will be available on Goodreads and as an e book).

On Facebook all weekend (2-4 June) there is an ongoing cyberlaunch where you can invite your writer buddies to come along and smooze.

Here are the front and back cover images below:-smart huh!?

My story, ‘Children’s Games’ is one of my faves and here it made the cut of the final 14 stories for the National FF Day last year. Its acceptance by Raging Aardvark gave my writing confidence a much needed boost and the determination to keep going.

This is a strong collection, worth checking out.

If you would like a pdf version of this book, courtesy of Annie Evett via me, please email me at :-

alyson.rhodes@talktalk.net

and I will happily send one out to you; either for reviewing or just for reading for pleasure. The aim of the project is to spread the word about Flash Fiction and get the stories out there.

Diversifying….

I’ve been struggling to fit in any original writing lately what with promoting Runaway Umbrella on line, editing/rewriting a trio of pieces for Otley Writers latest book, singing, crafting,swimming and pilates- which is very, very hard and don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t!

I’ve entered the Casket of Fictional Delights 300 wordFlash fiction comp- because their editor Joanna Sterling was one of the earliest magazines to publish my work and give me encouragement; much appreciated. I’ve entered a couple pieces to Gothic.net mag for consideration and Y.A. mag Cicada too.

I have to make a decision. A writing decision. Which project do I next commit to- one of the back burner ones? My 1940’s crime novella or my Y.A. novel set in 1910 in Bingley or something else. I still would like to keep writing some flash though to keep my brevity muscles flexed.

My own collection of Flash, due out from Chapel Town Books, which I’ve provisionally titled ‘Badlands’ -do you like that title? It was a film in the 1970’s with Martin Sheen by the way. Will be out later in the summer I guestimate.

I’m advertising my services as a proof reader (£10 per 1000 words) on Gill James’ blog and sites. I’ve proof read a fair few MS’s lately (mine and friends) and I’m also dipping my creative toes into the pools of tutoring. I am looking into running creative writing workshops in the autumn in Saltaire. More news to follow.

Meanwhile editor Stuart Conover at Horror Tree has accepted 2 more drabbles by me for his Trembling with Fear pages to be out imminently.

Halloween stories and joining Gill James’ Dream Team….

I am currently writing/editing a trio of pieces to submit to Otley Writers WEA group’s latest proposed publication, an anthology with a Halloween theme, provisionally titled, ‘The Darkening Season’. My pieces of short to longer flash fiction include- ghosts/zombies/a shadow thief who steals children’s soul parts- so all pretty creepy. Good fun though.

I have also signed up to join indie press publisher Gill James‘ so called Dream Team- a stable of reviewers/beta readers/editors/proof readers/illustrators etc who would link up under her umbrella to advertise/review and support each others’ work.

Gill has kindly given me an author page at http://www.gilljameswriter.eu/p/blog-page.html with the usual beaming photo of me (probably the only good pic of me I like taken in the last 5 years!!!) promoting my skills as a beta reader/reviewer proof reader. I’ve had quite a lot of practise reading writing friends’ MS’s plus my own work so I thought I’d sign up for it officially as it were.

 

 

Joolz Denby at Otley writers group:-

At my WEA class today run by poet James Nash, we had the poet/novelist/tattooist Joolz Denby drop by.  www.joolzdenby.co.uk

She entertained us for 2 hours with her stories/memories/anecdotes/wise words and finally 2 readings from her poetry which she had filed in a glittery shiny folder (just like one I’ve got- really girly) which she’s had since she was 14! It was a great experience listening to her. She talked movingly too of prejudice in the literary world if you don’t fit the narrow mould they are looking for in women writers.

In the afternoon in Ben Rhydding I sang with Acabella- a natural voice drop in choir run by the enthusiastic and talented Keely Hodgson, who also runs the poetry/musical events at the Tivoli cafe in Ben R.

The next one is on Thursday June 8th and features poet/musician Genevieve Carver.

 

Two of my stories are up on alfie dog:-

http://alfiedog.com/fiction/stories/alyson-faye/

Alfie dog is the story site where you pay 39p and download a story to read- it’s run by editor Rosemary Kind and it is 5 years old!! It has survived and flourished in a competitive marketplace. 🙂

This is my author’s profile off alfie dog:- (with updates)

I spend time most days either rewriting/editing/blogging, but I write original creative fiction about 2-3 times a week. I live in a small town, Bingley, near Bradford- probably most famous for the building society which is based there. I write at all times of the day, sometimes into the early hours if I feel I am on a roll; whenever it fits around family and other commitments – like emptying the dishwasher! I drink mugs and mugs of Earl Grey tea while I write, in my study usually with one of our cats sat with me. Well by the radiator really. I write straight onto a old refurbished pc now, using Word and Office surrounded by my favourite pictures and clippings. Though I do still make notes while I’m out and about with a notepad and pen. Each writing tool has its place I find. I have an Audrey Hepburn photo on my windowsill next to a Marilyn Monroe calendar. I love the old movies from Hollywood especially the film noirs starring Bogart and Bacall. In my spare time I sing with a local group, swim, meet up with friends, go to a scrapbooking club, rag rug, ferry my son around, go to the cinema a lot, theatre too and I’m involved with Otley writers- who publish their own anthologies. I write short horror pieces (Flash Fiction), quite a few of which are published in on line magazines, longer spooky stories and fiction for children, so quite a range. My first story appearing on alfiedog ‘The Nearly Boy’ is inspired by my son’s hobby of parkour which he used to do all around Bingley on the street furniture, leading to some consternation from passers by and some explanations from myself. My children’s book ‘The Runaway Umbrella’ illustrated by an art student I know, is now out on Kindle. I am also working on a crime novella set in Post war Britain and a YA novel set in Bingley but a Bingley of 100 years ago.

Happy Birthday to Us

on May 16th Alfie Dog Fiction will be

5 years old

watch out for chances to help us celebrate