Helen Chambers on her visit to Colchester WriteNight last week – thanks so much Helen it was great to have you with us!

Colchester WriteNight meet on the fourth Monday of each month, 7.30pm, at FirstSite, Colchester. They are a ‘gathering of creative writers from all walks of life’ and are a talented, friendly and diverse bunch who write together, support each other’s writing and invite guest writers to speak.

via WriteNight — Helen Chambers – Writer

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‘…this collection of stories, tales … displays a high level of literary ability, deep curiosity, and engaging self-awareness… The stories have a really mature clarity and plainness, a simplicity that’s never simplistic’

Glyn Maxwell

‘Powerful, subtle and ambitious stories which develop carefully from well-observed details into rich inhabitable worlds.’

Phil Terry

‘Emma’s stories are spare, in touch with the common world, while having a poetic and witty subtext. Her fiction retains its seeming lightness of tone, but often touches on the moral issues of the everyday and the subtleties of caring and loyalty. You feel that you are in company with a sharp intelligence, which has a calm goodness and a wry humour at its heart.’

Adrian May

‘Emma Kittle-Pey’s short story so poignantly highlights the gap between the haves and the have-nots, and was beautifully understated in its crisp yet ambiguous ending. It said so much (about the three/ four people) while saying so little. I loved it.’

Catherine Coldstream

Writing short stories with intention: an interview theshortstory.co.uk

 

I wanted to mention the great experience I had last year being interviewed by Katy Wimhurst from TheShortStory.co.uk.  Katy had read all the stories, and by that I mean all of Fat Maggie and Gold Adornments, and asked me about the writing and themes she noticed, and we chatted about others.

There were some that I wanted to explain, for example, Fat Maggie includes a series of linked animal tales, with *suggested* morals at the end. But there are other themes or issues I wanted to show running throughout. One of them was a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy in mental health and how that can be used negatively by others.

A theme in the Evening Shift series (another linked series in Fat Maggie) involves situations at work. And the inability to speak out when circumstances are unreasonable, because of economic necessity.

A third issue I’d mulled over was about sharing stories being political – understanding that we are not alone in the small world in which we may find ourselves, and the more we share the more we understand that our situation is political rather than personal…

You can read the interview here:

https://www.theshortstory.co.uk/the-short-story-interview-e-k-pey/

I’d love to discuss any thoughts you have.