It’s that time again, where people humblebrag their annual round robin of their writing achievements. This was my year of Zoom creative writing classes and I would never have been able to take so many lessons if they were ‘in person’ or I was not working from home. The pandemic has totally changed how I work, my interactions with others and my social life. I wrote a blog post about it, which you can read here.
This is a list (in no order or rank) of my personal writing highlights from 2021 and links to my words that were published elsewhere. I may not have been out of the house very much but my words have reached the far corners of the world. I have noted where each publisher is based, in brackets.
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Apple TV asked me if they could use my tweet about the Billie Eilish documentary. (USA)
In February, I recorded my story, ‘Minted’ for Micro, the podcast for short but powerful writing. (New Orleans, USA.) To try and win them over, I recorded a little intro, which they used as well! I am in very good company. There are some big names in the short fiction world who have contributed to this podcast. (George Saunders reading out ‘Sticks’ for one!)
Click here to listen.
One Day I’ll Hold Your Hand in Mine
I was part of an online Community poetry project, hosted by Curve Theatre (Leicester, UK) where we each contributed our thoughts about our experiences of lockdown into ‘The People’s Poem’. The collaborative poem can be seen in the final video below (the filming of which was my first social interaction with people in real life outside of my own home for over a year). Only the first stanza of my poem was used, but our entire poems were on display at Curve Theatre throughout the summer. A revised version of my poem, called ‘One Day I’ll Hold your Hand’ was published by Liquid Amber Press in an anthology. (Australia). You can purchase the book here.
My sci-fi flash fiction, ‘The Aspiration Project on Colony IV’ was published by Ab Terra in Issue 4 of their magazine. You can read it here. (USA)
2021 started well with an acceptance onto a professional development writer’s course, called ‘A Brief Pause’ run by Dahlia Books (Leicester UK). Read more here. The course culminated in the publication of a short story anthology in September called ‘Small Good Things’. You can buy it here.
My short story contribution, ‘The Women Who Swapped Their Baby For Salad’ was inspired by a twitter conversation earlier on in the year. Story ideas really do come from anywhere!
I’ve written more poems this year than short stories and a handful have gone onto have lives elsewhere. My eco poem ‘How We Used To Live’ was published by Pens of the Earth (Portsmouth UK). You can read it here.
I recorded another eco poem, ‘Tales from The Cashmere Hotel’ for the Art and Energy Collective (Plymouth, UK), and it was part of a community collaborative art ‘Moths to a Flame’ installation at Glasgow Botanic Gardens to coincide with COP 26. The poem will be included in a book, due out shortly. The installation won The Sustainability First People’s Art Prize 2021.
These are strange times we are living in.
Happy wintering, wherever you are reading this in the world. More tea, twinkly lights, peace, quiet and no surprises. Please.