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One of the saving graces for 2018 for me, was all the fun writing and spoken word events.

Here are a few highlights from the year, in more or less chronological order:

  1. The Weston Super Mare (first ever!) Literary Festival:

At the official launch I met local dignitaries and other participating writers. I didn’t meet Jeffrey Archer:

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Picture credit: unknown (if you know, tell me!)

I took part in two events for this, one was a workshop where we ran through some ideas to start people writing short fiction, freewriting and so on, and the other was the book launch for Another Place and Voices Along the Road.

This was a lot of fun, and it was brilliant to read alongside writers who I’m friends with in Weston, Bristol and Didcot, as well as some great writers I’d not met before.

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Picture credit: Sarah Shillam

2. Talking Tales

I read stories at Talking Tales at the Left Bank in Stokes Croft, run by Stokes Croft Writers, in April and December this year.

Here’s the crew from December, many of them featured in the To Hull and Back anthology, launched at this event.

Talking Tales December 2018

In April, I was caught on video:

And in December, in a Hat:

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Picture and video credits Thomas David Parker

3. Story Sunday

Run by Bristol’s Writing Unchained, and, as the name gives away, on a Sunday. These are always fund and I read a triptych of flash fiction based on a bee. Not the only story about bees that night, either!

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Story Sunday Montage 2018

Picture credits unknown (if you know, tell me!)

4. Tonic

A vibrant, relatively new poetry night. I did the open mic in October and was one of the scratch artists in November, which was a lot of fun. The organisers gave me a prompt to write to, so I was able to bring a new poem I wouldn’t have written otherwise. They take good photos, too.

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I’m the only one holding a beer.

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Picture credits: Chris Richard Beale

5. Other enjoyable spoken word nights

No pictures, but I’ve had really good nights this year at several other spoken word nights.

There’s the fantastic Weston-Super-Mare poetry night Wordmustard. This must be the highlight of Weston’s literary life, a great open mic and feature poets are many fine slam winners and popular poets from the South West.

The Art House Café Open Mic in Stokes Croft is up and running again after a hiatus due to venue refurbishments.  Now hosted by Tom Sastry. I mean to make more of these. The next is on this Friday, then every other Friday.

Bristolcon Fringe Open Mic: This is always a highlight of my year, and, for me, of Bristolcon itself. This year’s was no exception.

Story Friday, Burdall’s Yard, Bath. This is a top notch fiction night, I’ve not read at this but thoroughly enjoyed the first one I made it to, in December.

Milk Poetry: One of the South West’s leading poetry nights. I had a go at one of their Slams and lost, but it was great fun doing so and I was in good company!

In terms of workshops, I managed to get to some of the excellent Clockhouse London Writers workshops. These are particularly good because I always come away with some story ideas and story beginnings.

I also ran a couple of my own workshops in Didcot, at the Cornerstone Arts Centre, on Flash Fiction and Poetry.

So 2018 was a good year for events, and I’m hoping 2019 will be, too. I’ve already got a longer feature set on January 21st at Bristolcon Fringe, alongside the major Science Fiction writer Peter F Hamilton, and am planning on getting to as many spoken word nights as possible and have a couple more workshops lined up in Didcot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In reflective mode and being a lapsed(?) Goth I was thinking 2018 had been a rubbish year. But, some stuff notwithstanding, looking back, that’s just not true. Certainly, there have been some great high points, in terms of my writing life. So, here are some highlights. I’ll post about events in the next few days, but some published highlights first:

Publications

Another Place Anthology

This is a refugee-themed science fiction anthology in aid of the Lord Arthur Dubs foundation, so all in a good cause. This featured a long short story of mine, The Hikkikimori, about an alternate world where Edo period Japan never ended, full of Samurai battles and a burgeoning romance.

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Voices Along the Road Anthology

A companion to the Another Place anthology, this included two poems of mine, Barriers and the Shore.

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BFS Horizons #6

Poems:      Superboy’s Robot Double, Total Eclipse of the Soul

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BFS Horizons #7

Poems: Ouroborous (A Villanelle), Dystopian Sparkle

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Tales from the Weird West #6

Last Chance of the Mines of Madness

This was one of the stories I’ve most enjoyed writing, and another longer short story. Cowboys, monsters and a kung fu hero, alongside underground exploration.

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Again, catching up with my writing from the past few months!

Pleased to announce my long short story, Last Chance at the Mines of Madness, is one of two stories in Tales of the Weird West #6, under my M M Lewis pen name.

Sinister goings on in a Western mining village, as good folk are disappearing. Will Sheriff Oakley and his ragged posse of volunteers get to the bottom of it, or find more than they bargained for?

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I’ve been remiss over the last few months and neglected my Blog, mainly through being busy with, you know, life. So, I’m trying to catch up, now.

In April, I was lucky enough to read my new story, Your Feedback is Appreciated and this was caught on film by Tom Parker. It’s a spin on the curse of being granted wishes, I hope you watch and enjoy:

 

Out now! The latest edition of the British Fantasy Society’s New Horizons, including two of my poems, Superboy’s Robot Double and Total Eclipse of the Soul.

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This rather fabulous anthology is also available now, featuring a long short story of mine, in alternate universe mode. Full of fantastic stories by the some of the best writers I know, and in aid of a very good cause, here’s a link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Another-Place-M-Lewis/dp/1981533397/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518742404&sr=8-1&keywords=another+place

 

Pleased to announce this anthology featuring two of my poems, and flash fiction and poetry by many of the finest writers I know! Not only is it full of interesting and thoughtful writing, but it’s in aid of a good cause.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Voices-along-Road-charity-anthology/dp/1979555680

 

Great to be part of the launch for the *first ever* Weston-Super-Mare Literary Festival!

This features a workshop I’m running on the 28th February, and the launch of the Voices from the Road anthology I have poems in, on the 23rd February, both sold out at time of writing!

Here’s a photo of the gathered authors from the launch. I hope this is the first of many Literary Festivals for the town.

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Amazon Author pages now under construction to coincide with the launch of two very special anthologies I’m being published in…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B079VDJ6VX

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Richard’s been busy! This track has been years in the making if you read Richard’s write-up on Soundcloud. Look out for the Depeche Mode reference.