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Here’s a round-up of some successes so far this year

  • My flash fiction 1971 was selected for the wonderful live story-telling event, Talking Tales, February 2018 

1971

This story is a piece of historical flash about family secrets, about my great-grandmother’s suicide. I read it out to a packed audience at Stokes Croft Writers.

I won’t post it here as I might want to try it out for one of the larger competitions.

  • My prose poem, Sound Scrabble, was long listed from over 500 entries for the 2018 Tongues & Grooves Prose Poem Award 2018. I was invited to read my poem out at The Square Tower, in Portsmouth in March.
  • ‘No such thing as a free lunch,’ flash fiction was selected for inclusion on the Flash Walk on National Flash Fiction Day. in June 2018

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch by Grace Palmer. Performer: Poppy Hocken

The skyline’s full of triangle-topped houses but the breeze is blowing in as the tidal bore rises. Martha skips around the M Shed, hop-scotching the train lines, a fat ice cream in her pink hands.

Martha’s Mum looks at her phone, realises she cannot meet her lover.

Martha’s Dad looks at his daughter and thinks he is unbelievably lucky.

When they get to the bacon-hut they place orders for coffees now the wind is up.

Inside, Dave flicks fat onto his apron, dreams of when it will go right. His regulars are chewing the fat and chewing the rind.

Martha’s Mother pays.

And pays. And pays.

  • I attended the Flash Fiction Festival July 2018 and went to workshops with Vanessa Gebbie, Nuala O’Connor, Ingird Jendrzejewski and Carrie Etter
  • My flash fiction, ‘In 1960…’ was accepted for publication by  Flash Back Fiction Publication date is November 2018
  • A short story, ‘Once the Trees,’ has been accepted for an anthology, Tales from the Graveyard, by North Bristol Writers. Publication, late autumn 2018.
  • A poem, Rest in Peace, was selected and read out at the Ways to Peace festival at Tintern Abbey in September 2018
  • I attended Folk Fiction course with Zoe Gilbert, of London Lit Lab. October 2018
  • In November 2018 I begin teaching a six week course in flash and short stories for Bristol Folk House.
  • November 13th 2018 My story ‘In 1960’ is published in a major UK e-zine, with FlashBack Fiction, 
  • You can hear author questions, an audio recording of the reading and read the story on FlashBack Fiction