“They are ﬂames, moving up the hill from the village, torches lighting faces in the crowd. The voices build.”
— For Books’ Sake (@forbookssake) April 15, 2019
A new story for March: I Can See a Better Time by @pyjamas_black. Please read and RT.
— the incubator (@IncubatorThe) March 1, 2019
Since we didn’t have a Story of the Month for March. Here, belatedly, is one in the superb monthly short story series from The Incubator. The story is by a writer who is widely-published but, like Banksy, anonymous, known only as The Man in Black Pyjamas.
On this week’s episode of the Writer’s Voice podcast, Lore Segal reads her story “Dandelion,” from the March 25, 2019, issue of the magazine.
— New Yorker Fiction (@NYerFiction) March 19, 2019
A lyrical childhood memory piece of nature and family. It is well-read in the author’s beautiful accent, so evocative of the few treasured remnants of the Kindertransport children who made it to London, in this case from Vienna. (Ref. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lore_Segal). Other recent contributors to The Writer’s Voice podcast series include Sally Rooney and Yiyun Li. Introduced by the New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.
You can also read the story, for the time being, online. It begins:
“That Henry James, when he got old, rewrote his early work was my excuse for revisiting, at ninety, a story I had written in my twenties. I was ten years old when I had to leave Austria, so the day with my father in the Alps must have taken place on our last family holiday, the previous August.” (Lore Segal)
The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Story of the Month
April 2019: Name by Sergey Bolmat
He looks at Anne with marked indifference, as if expecting her to introduce herself and explain the purpose of her visit, and then, after a second, makes a little twitch with the left corner of his lips indicating a smile.
‘Well,’ he says, ‘look who’s here.’
Sergey Bolmat published his first novel in Russia to great critical acclaim. To date, he has published three novels, two collections of short stories, many articles and essays in various periodicals, and a biography of Nikolay Chernyshevsky. Some of these books were shortlisted for literary awards, translated into many European languages, adapted for radio, and optioned and developed for film. His first short story written in English appeared in The Higgs Weldon.
* Photo: Sergey Bolmat by Natalia Nikitin (detail)
My story from St. Petersburg in the early 1990s is up on @ScoundrelTime! Thank you, @Karen_E_Bender and @paulawhyman for your thoughtful questions that helped to get the turns of this story just right. This is from my upcoming book Like Water w @WTAWPress! https://t.co/5pA3Czs3U9
— Olga Zilberbourg (@bowlga) February 19, 2019
I have a new story, ‘My Biggest Insecurity About the Garden’ in @GrantaMag.
It’s about freaky infrastructure, sociability, slippery footholds in one’s life + environment. Or: A Finnish UN systems engineer goes on a business trip to Singapore. 🙏 @lukeneima
— Caoilinn Hughes (@CaoilinnHughes) February 4, 2019
‘If only I were a different person, I would find it easy to tell you what I feel about you. But I can’t. I live in the subjunctive – the lonely, ghostly silence of if only…’
— Toby Litt (@tobylitt) February 1, 2019
“Ian McMillan gets into the subjunctive mood with brand new writing from Toby Litt, a new poetry commission from Holly Pester, on the subjunctive in welsh with Menna Elfyn and Rob Drummond explains why the subjunctive is dying out amongst the young…” (The Verb, BBC Radio 3, 1 Feb. 2019)