Catch of the Day

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A copy of the above arrived with me today courtesy of Literature Wales. Diolch yn fawr, iawn. It is an anthology of the winning stories from the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014 as selected by Cynan Jones, Deborah Kay Davies and Rachel Trezise.

As a runner-up in the competition I am delighted to have my story After a certain age you can either have good shoes or good feet included in the book and had already purchased three to show my mother and my two kids what I do when I’m not working in the day job (not that they’re that interested!)

The title of the anthology is the title of the winning story written by Carmarthen-based writer Sarah Reynolds and it’s a deserving winner and a great read. Sarah and I have been in touch virtually and I’m looking forward to meeting her in person at the end of August. That’s the wonderful thing about writing, it enables you to meet new and often like- (and sometimes not like) minded people which makes life even more interesting.

My husband liked what the judges said about my writing (ah, bless!) though had to look up elegiac in the dictionary:

There were a large number of stories dealing with bereavement this year, and this one introduced an element of the supernatural with effortless ease. The narrator is a down-to-earth man, still deeply in love with his deceased wife, who has a visitation. Beautifully written, elegiac, and sceptical, it eloquently explores the lengths to which the human heart will go to conjure up a lost loved one.
— Deborah Kay Davies and Cynan Jones (Judges) Accent Press 2015

For information on the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition visit www.rhydaviestrust.org or www.literaturewales.org

Or, if you fancy reading the anthology, it can be purchased from www.accentpress.co.uk

 

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