Light Reading

Macmillan New Writing is an imprint whose founder, Michael Barnard, wanted to create a springboard for talented, unpublished writers with work that might be overlooked by the more behemothic players. When MNW was created, there was significant broo-hah-hah and palavery. Hackles were raised and tea cups rattled home to their saucers throughout London. “It’s the […]

Flash fiction

Question: Is flash fiction an art form in itself, or an excuse to write for about thirty seconds, look challengingly at the cat and say, “And”? Who knows. But flash fiction – also known as sudden fiction, Kato-from-the-cupboard prose, and mashed stanza – has a peculiar appeal. It’s short; sharp. Very occasionally shocking. You’ll find […]