Writer’s Blog: Laurie Raye – How not to read a book

When approaching a book which contains stories it would be natural to assume that the purpose of the book is to read it. This is, after all, what most people do when faced with a book. Edward Dimock, distinguished professor of South Asian languages, when his attempt to get access to an old and valuable Bengali textContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Laurie Raye – How not to read a book”

Writer’s Blog: Tom Heaton – How To Resurrect a Head

First you need a head. And if you want an ancient head then you have to be lucky. You’re aware of perfectly preserved mammoths trapped in ice flows? Same principle here. You need a head that’s been cryogenically frozen thousands of years before the technology was available. Imagine a freshly severed head falling directly intoContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Tom Heaton – How To Resurrect a Head”

Writer’s Blog: Laurie Raye – My experience with lesbian fiction

Laurie Raye’s flash fiction The Secrets We Wear on Our Skin is published in Breve New Stories Issue Three. Read it here! I wasn’t prepared the first time I read Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Had I known that this was going to be one of ‘those’ books I would have put on gloves before IContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Laurie Raye – My experience with lesbian fiction”

Writer’s Blog: Tom Heaton – Misunderstanding Borges

Tom Heaton’s short story The Last Roman is published in Breve New Stories Issue Three. Read it now! I think I must have read Borges’ Labyrinths just before I wrote ‘The Last Roman’. Certainly I read it around that time. I was taken with the Borges’ demonstration that a story didn’t have to be contemporary,Continue reading “Writer’s Blog: Tom Heaton – Misunderstanding Borges”

Writer’s Blog: Laurie Raye – Being Visible. The idea behind “The Secrets We Wear On Our Skin”

Laurie Raye talks about what inspired their flash fiction ‘The Secrets We Wear On Our Skin’ published in Breve New Stories Issue Three. I got my first tattoo yesterday. A leaping reindeer, flying through the sky with the face of an eagle and antlers bedecked with flowers. It is the oldest tattoo design known toContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Laurie Raye – Being Visible. The idea behind “The Secrets We Wear On Our Skin””

Writer’s Blog: Tom Heaton – Decline and Fall. The idea behind “The Last Roman”

Tom Heaton talks about what inspired his short Story ‘The Last Roman’ published in Breve New Stories Issue Three. In times of great political, social and cultural upheaval, it’s vital to maintain the supply of serio-comic short stories. In our own apocalyptic moment, I took it upon myself to shoulder that burden. Surveying the rubbleContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Tom Heaton – Decline and Fall. The idea behind “The Last Roman””

Writer’s Blog: Trudy Duffy-Wigman – A New Language

In her last blogpost Trudy Duffy-Wigman, author of My New Best Friend published in Breve New Stories Issue Two, describes her experience on writing in her second language. The fact that I am using a language that is not my own has a huge bearing on my writing. It brings challenges; like finding the right expressionContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Trudy Duffy-Wigman – A New Language”

Writer’s Blog: Hamish McGee – Writing from History

In his last post, Hamish McGee, author of ‘Doubting Thomas‘ published in Breve New Stories Issue Two, reflects on his passion for history. What interests me? Well, that too is easy – just about everything I study interests me. I find if I care to delve into any subject it becomes interesting, and what interestsContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Hamish McGee – Writing from History”

Writer’s Blog: Trudy Duffy-Wigman – Notes of Inspiration

Trudy Duffy-Wigman author of ‘My New Best Friend’ published in Breve New Stories Issue Two, talks about the authors who inspire her.   Being Dutch, I grew up with Simon Carmiggelt. Carmiggelt died in 1987, aged 74. He is famous in the Netherlands for his daily writings in the newspaper ‘Het Parool’. His short stories, which he signedContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Trudy Duffy-Wigman – Notes of Inspiration”

Writer’s Blog: Hamish McGee – Notes of Inspiration

Hamish McGee, author of ‘Doubting Thomas‘ published in Breve New Stories Issue Two , talks about the authors that inspire him. I have known a number of inspirational individuals. Like many of you I suspect, my day and Sunday school teachers were dedicated people who shaped my love of the written and spoken word. They introduced me toContinue reading “Writer’s Blog: Hamish McGee – Notes of Inspiration”