Stories to read on the train

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.


Of poetry in stories

The writer Tom Gillespie has interviewed me on my new short story collections and on how poetry comes to play in my writing. I really enjoyed answering the questions and talking about influences on my writing style and what I want my prose to do. Here’s the interview. 

Stories to read on the train for nothing

You know how I love writing short stories and flash fiction. Well what I have today for you is a free download of one of my mini collections STORIES TO READ ON THE TRAIN.

Old lives collide on a train commute; a woman travels to meet her long distance lover; a train trip brings Eleanor back to face an old tragedy; a cliff edge commute above the sea lifts a man from the realities of his wife’s condition; a woman flees a controlling relationship. These tiny, precious flash fiction stories from a prize winning author challenge you to pause, to look at life under a magnifying glass, examine its ordinary glories, the twin globe of beauty and darkness in human experience. Of the stories in this mini collection, Entropy Held was part of the flash fiction medley that won the fiction prize in the New Big Book of Hope collection. Some of the stories in this collection will merge in an interrelated flash fiction novella.

These are very short stories that can be read in a single sitting (on the train or not!) or savoured one at a time. I’d be delighted if you have a read, share the links or gift the book to a friend and let me know what you thought. The more people who downloadthe book the better. You can read it on Kindle or FREE Kindle App. THANK YOU!

This is how happy I’ll be if you download Stories to Read on the Train!

If you enjoy it I have two mini collections out Stories to make you go ‘ooh’ and Stories to make you go ‘ah’ and another on the way. Details HERE.