The Bath Short Story Award anthology 2015 launched on November 19th at Mr B’s Emporium of Books in Bath. Unfortunately, due in the most part to living on the other side of the country, I was unable to attend the event, but was able to live it vicariously through the Bath Short Story Award blog post. Looks like a great time was had by all. Last week I was interviewed by Jude from the Bath ShAward team and it was a genuine pleasure to be answer her thoughtful and thought provoking questions about, amongst other things, where the idea for my second-prize winning story, Dancing to the Shipping Forecast, came from came from, why I love leading writing workshops, and my top tips for making your entry to story competitions shine. You can read the full interview over on the BSSA website.

And here’s the site info on the anthology:

The 2015 BSSA Anthology is now available in print and digital format again published by the Self Publishing Partnership under their Brown Dog Books imprint. 

Twenty stories – the winning, shortlisted and a selection of the longlisted stories from the 2015 award – “A hot, tragic summer in 1980s Belfast. The loss of love echoed through the Shipping Forecast. A woman writes ‘love’ letters for illiterate girls in the Far East. The Kilburnie Kings hit the town. An old lady makes final plans for ‘moksha’. These winning stories and other selected ones in the 2015 collection, ‘deal with the way we live in all corners of the world; diversity in action and emotion.’ Carrie Kania, literary agent and 2015 Bath Short Story Award shortlist judge.”

You can order a print copy or a Kindle edition here.