When it comes to finding titles for my short stories, I often end up using little semi-cryptic words or phrases that have no meaning beyond private ones for me based on a memory or something they inspire. The alternative is just as likely to be a piece of music that I feel has some resonance with the story. That’s the case here, where listening to the song ‘We Will Sin Together’ by Jehnny Beth seemed the perfect fit for what I was trying to do.
For St. Patrick’s Day this year, the arts organisation Solas Nua, based in Washington D.C. have published View Source online, a collection of contemporary writing from Ireland, as suggested by some of the leading Irish literary journals.
My short story, Butterfly, has been included, as nominated by gorse.
The story will also appear in the next print issue of gorse.
Thanks must go to gorse, for nominating my piece, Fallow Media, for curating the collection, and Tom Roseingrave, who provides the narration, and background sounds
I’m delighted to have made the shortlist for the Büro BDP Writing Prize 2020.
The prize is run by Broken Dimanche, an independent English-language publisher based in Berlin.
I’m not sure when the prize will be announced, and considering the Covid-19 situation both in Ireland and Germany, I suspect any plans the publisher may have had when they invited submissions will have changed radically in the intervening months.
Still, it’s great to be nominated for such a prize.
I first came across Juxta Press when I purchased a copy of ‘Fish Out Of Water’ by Claire-Louise Bennett, and apart from the quality of the writing I really enjoyed the quality of the physical book they produced. While it is a short work, as an object the book shows just how much work and care they put into everything they do.
Browsing their website I noted they were accepting submissions for their Positions collection, short fiction presented online with accompanying artworks.
I was really happy to see them accept, and publish, my own short story ‘Come You Masters’, which you can read here;