The Hampshire Writers’ Society is hosting a Published Writers’ Book fair at their Gala Evening on the 9th of June. I will be there along with my books, and so will all these people, who I’d really recommend checking out. Claire Fuller recently came to speak at Winchester University (where she studied herself), and her debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, was even more recently shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize. Lady Antonia Fraser will also be speaking that evening, so all in all it looks to be quite the event.
If anybody’s near Winchester and wants to come along, it starts at 6pm in the Stripe Building at the University of Winchester. Entry is free to members and students, £5 for guests. For any other information, have a look at the Society’s handy events page. I’m particularly looking forward to this, since despite having been a member for almost a year this’ll be the first time I’ll be able to actually meet up with the society. So far it’s always clashed with my MA course!
If you’re not near Winchester or can’t make it that day, I’m also hoping to meet up with people in a less literal fashion on June 22nd: Flash Fiction Day! Just one month to go, so if you’re interested in joining me for some furious flash fiction writing, do speak up and get involved.
If you’ve been following me elsewhere online (particularly Twitter), you might have already got the news that P&G Wells, the Winchester University Bookshop is stocking my paperbacks. Well, now that the Bionic Punchline paperback is available, they’ve got the complete set on the shelf.
They also tend to go out on sale at the university’s public events. One of my modules this term focuses on publishing and involves a lot of interesting speakers–authors, agents, publishers–coming in to talk not just to the students, but to anyone who wants to come in and listen (the speaker today is Marcus Sedgwick). So I that’s pretty neat.
I also find it interesting to see how the design of my books compares to the vast range of others nearby. The spines of the flash fiction collections really do stand out as a series. That’s handy, since the books are slim enough that even I can’t rely on adding a title or my name on the spine. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the look of the series changes as the number of books grows. Seeing them displayed on a shelf like this, it’s funny to think back to June 2012, when I first decided to tackle Flash Fiction Month. Back then I had no idea it would turn into something like this. I didn’t even really expect to finish!