A quick update on upcoming publications and events. In April I am appearing in three anthologies.
Firstly, I am pleased to say that my London Short Story Prize shortlisted story 'Saltmarsh' is appearing in the anthology Upshots, which is out this month. Kevin Barry said of the story 'nothing happens, but it's brilliant'. Which is nice. The launch (invite only I believe) is at Waterstones Piccadilly on Tuesday April 19th.
Secondly, I have a piece of creative non-fiction, 'Icon' in the Dunlin Press anthology, The Migrant Waders, an book celebrating British wading birds. As an RSPB member and all round bird fan, it's a wonderful thing to be involved in this. I'll be reading at the launch event in Colchester on April 21st at the Church Street Tavern.
Thirdly, the second issue of The Short Anthology is, I'm assured, seeing the light of day. I was commissioned to write a story for the anthology, and came up with 'Breakdown', a story that deals with family stories, the Black Forest, krampus. Despite being ostensibly a horror/weird fiction story, it deals directly with the death of my grandfather who drowned in the Thames shortly before I was born (and whom I am named after). So it's great for this story to finally be appearing.