I have a short essay on The Lonely Crowd website about the writing of my new Verona-set story ‘We Rip Holes in Their Paper Faces to Give Them Sight’. It’s a story of tourist-horror, eco-depression and selfishness.Read More
Last week saw the arrival of the new novel published by Influx Press, BUILT ON SAND by Paul Scraton. I’ve been out and about with Paul, visiting various bookstores to sign copies of the book, and launching the novel at Burley Fisher Books in London, and the The Book Corner, HalifaxRead More
February 12th 2019, I am running a workshop at the Idea Store in Whitechapel – HOW TO USE PLACE AND SETTING IN YOUR FICTION. All the information can be found here: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/events/how-to-use-place-and-setting-in-your-fiction-with-gary-budden/
ABOUT THE EVENT
In this two-hour workshop the author of Hollow Shores, Gary Budden, will talk you through how to maximise the locations you use to set your fictions in, discussing what role the landscapes – rural, suburban and urban – play in the stories we tell and how they affect the narrative.
Looking at key examples in fiction followed by writing exercises, this session will give you the tools to you make the most of your setting, be it an evocative background or the central driver of your narrative.
I see deformed and furred mastodons on the ice of Doggerland, and I have recurring visions of a blind creator god jerking its arms out towards me by a deserted stretch of the New River Path in the cold days of February. There is too much of London for me to see now, as busy as a work of Hogarth’s, as terrifying as the violent and lonely nights the inmates of Bedlam must have endured.Read More