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Flash Bulbs and Free Books for National Flash Fiction Day

Me at flash bulbs

At Arthur’s Pub Thomas Street. Photo by Big Smoke Writing

Flash Bulbs

I had a wonderful time last evening listening to the readings at Flash Bulbs, Dublin’s flash fiction event, organised by purveyor of writing courses and drop in writing meets the fabulous Big Smoke Writing Factory. I also read my story Holographic Dog there in my new fancy The Flash t-shirt  at the fabulous Arthur’s Pub venue where I chatted to some lovely folk I’d only spoken to virtually including Maria Kelly and Nuala Ni Chonchuir before as well as catching up with others.

As well as the general reading which was of a fabulous standard, Dave Lordan was also present to announce the 99 competition winner Dervilla McKeith who won with her story “The Galleon”. Big Smoke Writing Factory run a range of courses and directors Claire Hennessy and Nicole Rourke could not be nicer so keep them in mind if you’re near enough to get to one of their courses.

FREE BOOKS (including my Stories to Read on the Train)

This one is free on Sunday & Monday as well.

This one is free on Sunday & Monday as well.

In honour of National Flash Fiction Day there are several books on offer for download for FREE on the National Flash Fiction Day site, many of the offers finish today so hurry. The free books on offer including the fantastic Jawbreakers, last years National Flash Fiction Day anthology. That, with this year’s Scraps are fantastic books so don’t miss out on the free Jawbreakers. There are also books by National Flash Fiction Day organiser Calum Kerr. He has also run the flash365 site, writing a flash a day so well worth a download. This year he also has a book out with his wife Cath who took over the mantle of the 365 flashes. David Hartley and Valerie O’ Riordan are accomplished authors and this is a chance to get familiar with their work. Finally I have one of my mini flash collections Stories to Read on the Train for free this time. If you enjoy of the free downloads, it would be great if you could leave a short Amazon review for the authors as a token of your appreciation or purchase more of their work in the future.

For more stories that have been published for this great event. Check out the Flash Flood (including my new flash This One Mindful Life) and Flash Mob’s site where there are links to many of the tiny gems of stories that are flash.

Flash Fiction: Jawbreakers, Calum Kerr and National Flash Fiction Day

National Flash Fiction day (May 16th) was the brainchild of writer and lecturer Calum Kerr. Calum set up the day to celebrate the short form of flash fiction and to co-ordinate events all around the U.K. and further afield. I interview Calum on my writing.ie blog all about the background to National Flash Fiction day and about flash fiction itself.

One of the marvellous results of this initiative is Jawbreakers, the collection of fictions he and Valerie O’ Riordan have co-edited. I’m delighted to announce that I’m an honorary Irish guest inclusion in the book which contains (without any bias at all!) some of the finest writing from the best authors around, luminaries including Tania Hershman, Vanessa Gebbie, Ali Smith, Ian Rankin. There are so many absolute gems among the stories and it’s available here and soon on Amazon.

To celebrate National Flash Fiction Day the industrious creative writing centre Big Smoke Writing Factory have organised a flash fiction reading night on May 16th in the Back Loft (La Catedral Studios, 7-11 Augustine Street, Dublin 8 from 7-9pm. They are looking for participants and there is still a couple of days (until May 6) to enter a piece if you’d like to read a flash on the night. I’ll be a guest reader there so I’ll update you on how the evening went!

For more details on National Flash Fiction Day.

The full National Flash-Fiction Day blog is at http://nationalflashfictionday.blogspot.co.uk/
The website is at http://www.nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/
Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nationalflashfictionday

Flashes from NFFD events : http://nffdflashes.blogspot.com

And just on a personal note, check back here tomorrow for the reveal of my cover for Housewife with a Half-Life!